LSU Football: 247Sports ranks Ed Orgeron outside top 10 coaches

LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /

LSU Football head coach Ed Orgeron is not among the nation’s top 10 coaches according to 247Sports.

Brad Crawford ranked the top 25 coaches in the nation this week for 247Sports and he has Orgeron at No. 12.

“Ed Orgeron takes a major setback ahead of the 2021 campaign in our head coach rankings after LSU surprisingly stumbled last season coming off an unbeaten run to a national championship,” writes Crawford.

The Tigers went 5-5 in 2020, returning to earth after their splendid 15-0 season in 2019.

This ranking isn’t fair to LSU football’s Ed Orgeron

I can understand why there is some skepticism about Coach O after a lackluster 2020 season.

But ranking Orgeron at No. 12 below names like James Franklin at Penn State and Pat Fitzgerald at Northwestern doesn’t seem fair.

Orgeron is one of only five head coaches with a national championship on his resume. Mack Brown, who was away from college football for six years before returning in 2019, is below Coach O at No. 13 on the list.

The other three coaches (Jimbo Fisher, Dabo Swinney, and Nick Saban) all reside in the top five.

Only Saban has won a national title since Orgeron in 2019.

So how in the world can Coach O be all the way at No. 12 on this list when he’s barely a year removed from winning a national championship (in dominating fashion I should add)?

I’m not surprised that Orgeron isn’t receiving much respect ahead of the 2021 season. It’s nothing new.

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But I have a feeling that Coach O is going to show folks why he’s a top-five coach this season. LSU is primed for a bounceback season, which will force some national analysts to eat their words about Coach O and the Tigers.