In his inaugural season as LSU coach, Ed Orgeron is off to a nearly flawless start. But things will get much tougher as the Tigers enter SEC play.
Orgeron became LSU’s full-time coach in November after taking over on an interim basis in September following the dismissal of Les Miles. Orgeron moved quickly to retain Dave Aranda as defensive coordinator and later brought in Matt Canada as offensive coordinator. He also collected the No. 7 recruiting class for the 2017 cycle.
LSU has rolled through the first two games of the season, beating BYU and Chattanooga with ease. LSU gets a tougher test on Saturday when it visits Mississippi State, a team that has given the Tigers trouble in recent years.
The offense has looked fairly vanilla to start the year, but that is probably by design by Canada. As long as quarterback Danny Etling can stay healthy and hand the ball off to Derrius Guice, one of the country’s best running backs, LSU should not be taken lightly be anyone.
In SEC Country’s previous approval poll, Orgeron had a big jump, coming in with an 85.1 approval rating, good for sixth in the SEC. In the past month, the Tigers have seen a slip in the recruiting rankings, as they now have the No. 4 class in the SEC and the No. 13 class in the country.
Orgeron reportedly signed a five-year, $17.5 million contract with LSU. His No. 12 Tigers and Bulldogs kick off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. LSU will also get Arden Key back for this game.
Vote on Ed Orgeron’s approval rating
The SEC Country approval rating poll is designed to give an indication of fan happiness over a period of time.
Our formula is based on the percentage of respondents who select each answer. We multiply that percentage by the following factors: 1 (strongly approve), 0.67 (approve), 0.33 (disapprove) and 0.0 (strongly disapprove). In other words, if 50 percent of respondents select “strongly approve” and 50 percent select “approve,” the formula would be (50 x 1) + (50 x 0.67) = 83.5% approval rating.