LSU Football needs to beat the Texas A&M Aggies this weekend to avoid the program’s first losing season since 1999.
If the Tigers manage to upset the Aggies, who are 8-3 under Jimbo Fisher, it will make LSU bowl eligible at 6-6.
Beating Texas A&M, of course, will be a tall task.
The Aggies have slipped up a few times this season — the loss against Mississippi State is hard to explain — but they’re also the only team to beat Alabama in 2021.
LSU has the talent to win this game, but they’ll have to play much better offensively than they did against Louisiana-Monroe this past weekend.
If the Tigers pull off the upset, it will raise an interesting question.
Does Ed Orgeron coach LSU in the bowl game?
Ed Orgeron comments on coaching LSU football in a bowl game
Orgeron was asked after the Tigers’ win against Louisiana-Monroe whether or not he’ll coach LSU in a bowl game.
Here’s what he had to say (via 247Sports):
"“We’ll discuss that. I’ll discuss that with the administration. We’ll see. We haven’t gotten that far. All depends on what happens the next couple weeks. I want to be on the same page as the administration. We’ll talk about it, we’ll see what happens.”"
I think this is an interesting scenario.
I would love to see Orgeron coach in the bowl game. He hasn’t been perfect as a head coach. And there are plenty of things I think he could’ve done differently this season. But he still has a deep love for LSU. And he led the Tigers to possibly the best season ever by a college football team (though this year’s Georgia team is trying to get into that conversation). He deserves to end his tenure as LSU’s head coach on a special note.
But while I would love to see Coach O go out with a bowl win, it could certainly create an awkward situation for the Tigers. LSU will almost certainly have a new head coach hired by the end of November or the first of December. And that coach would need to immediately get to work with the early signing period in mid-December.
What would that dynamic be like with Orgeron and the new coach in the same building?
(Unless that new coach is Lane Kiffin, in which case it wouldn’t be awkward at all thanks to his longstanding friendship with Orgeron.)
Ultimately, none of this matters until the Tigers beat the Aggies.
Hopefully, it’s a scenario that comes to fruition.