BATON ROUGE, La. — There’s really no way to prepare for a football game that’s scheduled to be played in the middle of a hurricane. But that won’t stop LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron from trying.
“Well, we’ll have a bunch of blow dryers going out there for sure,” Orgeron joked. “We’re going to do whatever it takes. It doesn’t matter if we play in a cow pasture, rain, sun, sunshine, windy, it doesn’t matter. The Tigers are going to come out and play. We’re going to have a mindset of whatever it takes to try to win the football game. Under any circumstance, we’re going to be ready.”
As of Wednesday night, all indications point toward the fact that Saturday’s game will be played as scheduled at noon in Gainesville, Fla. Hurricane Matthew, a category 4 storm, is expected to cross through Gainesville Friday night, and some forecasters are projecting blackouts and power outages Saturday as a result of the tropical storm.
All this, as if playing at The Swamp wasn’t already hard enough. The Gators have won nine of their last 10 home games at Ben-Hill Griffin Stadium, including all three this season and a huge upset victory over then-No. 3 Ole Miss last year.
Orgeron doesn’t seem to be too concerned about the atmosphere in Gainesville. Because when you concern yourself with that, you lose focus of what actually matters.
“We’re not going to make too much of a big deal about going and playing in another stadium,” Orgeron said. “If you get caught in the atmosphere and all that, you forget about your technique, your alignment and stuff. It’s about the fundamentals. It’s about us. It’s always going to be about us. Going on the road to a hostile environment is something we’ve got to do. We’re going to get to bed early. We’re going to be hydrated all week. We pumped in crowd noise. That’s about all we can do.”