HOOVER, Ala. — Alabama football has had a strangle hold on the SEC for the last three years, but LSU coach Ed Orgeron doesn’t believe there is a big gap between the Tigers and the Tide.
Speaking at SEC Media Days on Monday, Orgeron explained why he believes the Tigers are closer to Alabama than most think.
“Obviously they’ve done a great job. Coach (Nick) Saban has done great job,” Orgeron said. “He did a great job last year at LSU. Last year, it was a very tight game. It was 0-0 going into the fourth quarter. Their quarterback made a few plays and we didn’t. I don’t know if it’s that big of a gap. We need to play our football.”
Alabama defeated LSU 10-0 in Baton Rouge last season. Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts broke free on a 21-yard touchdown to break a scoreless tie early in the fourth quarter.
As the coach of LSU, Orgeron understands that a big part of his job is getting the Tigers over the Alabama hump.
Alabama has dominated the matchup in recent years, winning six straight contests.
Orgeron recognized that Alabama football is the benchmark in the SEC and nationally, but he doesn’t want the Tigers to overlook anyone else on their schedule.
“The way to beat Alabama is to recruit on their level,” Orgeron said. “They’re recruiting at a very high level now. They do a great job of evaluation. Coach coaches very well and gets his team ready to play. Again, last year, we weren’t that far off.”