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Three years ago, Ed Orgeron was the equivalent of the proverbial last person at the bar. LSU fired Les Miles four games into the 2016 season and elevated Orgeron as the interim replacement. Meanwhile the school’s administrators shopped the biggest coaching names in the game. None of the nation’s elite coaches wanted the job. Orgeron was the default hire. Nobody believed that he would match Miles for record and performance. Yet in his third full season Orgeron led the Bayou Bengals to the greatest season in school history. In fact, it was a perfect season that ended with a 15-0 record and national championship. Now comes the challenge of trying to reload instead of rebuild.
2020 LSU Tigers at a Glance
National Championship Odds: +1553
The college football gambling community has always respected LSU for its strong recruiting classes and raw natural talent. What caught everyone off guard in 2019 was how well coached the Bayou Bengals were under Orgeron as well as the dynamic offense that ranked first in the country. Handicappers are rightfully concerned about the 2020 edition of the Tigers as Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Joe Burrow headlines a lengthy list of NFL player departures. Another cause for pause was the departure of heralded passing game coordinator Joe Brady to the NFL. Most of all there is a general consensus that such a perfect 2019 season will be realistically impossible to duplicate.
2020 LSU Tigers Schedule
Week 1: Saturday, September 5, UTSA Roadrunners
Week 2: Saturday, September 12, Texas Longhorns
Week 3: Saturday, September 19, Rice Owls, (Houston, Texas)
Week 4: Saturday, September 26, Ole Miss Rebels
Week 5: Saturday, October 3, Nicholls Colonels
Week 6: Saturday, October 10, at Florida Gators
Week 7: Saturday, October 17, at Arkansas Razorbacks
Week 8: Saturday, October 24, Mississippi State Bulldogs
Week 9: Bye Week
Week 10: Saturday, November 7, Alabama Crimson Tide
Week 11: Saturday, November 14, South Carolina Gamecocks
Week 12: Saturday, November 21, at Auburn Tigers
Week 13: Saturday, November 28, at Texas A&M Aggies
2020 LSU Tigers Regular Season Preview
Ed Orgeron has earned the respect of fans, gamblers and the football community itself. That is reflected in the massive new contract raise and extension that he signed after winning the national championship. What was considered to be Orgeron’s weaknesses are instead proven strengths. He relates to recruits and players like few other coaches in the game. But while being a “player’s coach” he also gets the maximum out of his charges. Orgeron is a delegator and does not micromanage. He supplies a strong vision and hires talented assistants to see it through. Best evidence of that comes from offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger and the since departed Joe Brady. Orgeron turned that dynamic duo loose after telling them to open things up. The rest is history. Entering the 2020 season LSU returns only three starters on both offense and defense. Yet Orgeron’s strong recruiting leaves a full cupboard. LSU will lack in experience but not talent.
The biggest challenge will be getting new starting quarterback, junior Myles Brennan, and new passing game coordinator Scott Linehan up to speed. Brennan has a cannon arm and has the comfort of entering his fourth year in the program. He has also played in part of 17 games in his LSU career.
Junior wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase will be a key asset for Brennan. Chase is coming off a phenomenal 2019 season in which he was Biletnikoff Award winner and a Unanimous All-American selection. Chase caught 84 passes good for 1780 yards and 21.2 yards per catch with 20 touchdowns.
Defense has long been the strength of the Bayou Bengals and that is expected to continue for 2020. Sophomore cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. is considered by many to be the best in the nation. Last year he was named Consensus All-American, First-Team All-American, and SEC Newcomer of the Year. Stingley totaled six interceptions on the year.
Senior safety JaCoby Stevens is indicative of the top tier talent loaded on LSU. Stevens totaled 92 tackles and three interceptions in 2019. He will be counted on to be a leader for the young defensive unit in 2020.
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