LSU football will end the 2021 regular season on Saturday night with a home game against the Texas A&M Aggies.
The Tigers are looking to become bowl eligible with a win over the Aggies.
If LSU beats Texas A&M and reaches a bowl game, it would be the Tigers’ first post-season game since beating Clemson in the national championship game in early 2020.
LSU didn’t play in a bowl game last season despite being 5-5 because of a one-year self-imposed bowl ban.
ESPN isn’t predicting a win for LSU football
ESPN’s FPI (Football Power Index) predicted the outcomes of each game this weekend.
Unfortunately for LSU, ESPN’s FPI is giving the Aggies a 61.6 percent chance of winning on Saturday night in Baton Rouge (via 247Sports).
That 61.6 percent chance of a Texas A&M win actually means that ESPN’s FPI sees this game being decently close.
(ESPN’s FPI is giving Tennessee a 97.3 percent chance of beating lowly Vanderbilt, while it gives Alabama an 81.6 percent chance of beating Auburn.)
Beating Texas A&M would be a fantastic way for Ed Orgeron to end his tenure as the Tigers’ head coach.
For starters, it would mean that LSU avoided its first losing season (regular season…a bowl game could alter overall record) since 1999. Regardless of how anyone feels about Coach O, no one wants to see that streak end (Oklahoma is the only program that has a longer streak going).
Another reason a win would be great is because Aggies head coach Jimbo Fisher is rumored to be high on Tigers athletic director Scott Woodward’s hot board. It would be wild if Orgeron beat Fisher in his final game. That would be a tough hire to sell if that happens (though it doesn’t appear that Fisher is going to be the guy for Woodward).
It should be an emotional night regardless. Orgeron gave a lot to LSU and he deserves to go out a winner.