Far-out predictions for the next 4 years of LSU football
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Why not, right?
Welcome to the penultimate edition of the Bayou Bengal Briefing. If you’ve been reading for a long time, thanks for that. If this is your first time, welcome. We’re going to say our goodbyes on Friday, so don’t get teary-eyed yet.
For this column, though, we’re going to go ahead and look at all the LSU football events we didn’t get the chance to cover. That’s right. Let’s take a look in the crystal ball and write about all the things that haven’t happened yet, but we think will. Just so we can say we did.
LSU finds its QB
Maybe it’ll be Joe Burrow. Maybe it’ll be Myles Brennan or Lowell Narcisse. Maybe it’ll fall to Peter Parrish in the 2019 recruiting class or TJ Finley in the Class of 2020. But based on the talent coming in, LSU should be able to put an end to its decade-long quarterback search at some point in the next four years. Should being the inoperable word.
The defensive Heisman finalist?
We all know how good Devin White can be. What’s stopping him from racking up 100 tackles, 8 sacks and a couple of turnovers next season? Return one or two of those turnovers to the end zone and you’re looking at a Defensive Player of the Year candidate. Tack on some LSU wins and White could be a sleeper candidate for the Heisman Trophy next season, just as Roquan Smith was at the same position for Georgia a year ago.
When LSU won its national title in 2003, the Tigers beat Oklahoma in the Superdome. When LSU won its national title in 2007, the Tigers beat Ohio State in the Superdome. Loss in 2011? Superdome. Well guess what: The College Football Playoff championship game for the 2019-20 season is back in New Orleans. Let’s imagine Burrow turning into a two-year star at LSU and the Tigers’ heralded 2019 recruiting class paying off immediately. That’s a team contending right there.
The next search
Let’s cover our bases. Things don’t work out as well for Ed Orgeron in Year 3. He falls into a Les Miles groove. A couple of 8- and 9-win seasons don’t cut it for the fans. He’s ousted. So is Joe Alleva. The Tigers are in the market for a new athletic director and coach. Who’ll lead the searches? Who’ll end up in Baton Rouge? Will Miles or Paul Mainieri pull a Skip Bertman and helm the department? It’ll be a circus, but it’ll be fun as heck.
Another Alex Box North?
Football isn’t the only sport at LSU. The baseball team is poised to return to Omaha in 2019 behind a stellar returning pitching staff and an offense that should return six regular starters. Throw in Eric Walker and Josh Smith returning from injuries and you’ve got a recipe for a College World Series berth. Maybe the 2019 team can finish the job the 2017 team left behind.
How about Will Wade? With all the talent joining the LSU basketball program in 2018-19, an NCAA Tournament berth seems inevitable. Behind a stellar freshman class of Naz Reid, Javonte Smart, Emmitt Williams and Darius Days, LSU can very easily make a Sweet 16 run. And once you get there, all you have to do is stay hot. It’s not out of the question.
D-D gets hers
No program at LSU deserves a championship more than the gymnastics team. Perhaps no coach in the country deserves a championship more than LSU gymnastics coach D-D Breaux. (Except Mike Martin. Of course.) In the next four years, LSU is going to get that title. Will it be in 2019? The team returns a lot, including a healthy McKenna Kelley. Can LSU turn Sarah Finnegan, Lexie Priessman and Kelley’s final season into a winning one? The talent says yes. Let’s see if they’ll get over the hump.
Baton Rouge will be called
This baseball season, I counted the song “Callin’ Baton Rouge” 89 times at Alex Box Stadium. That’s 2.4 plays per home game. Add in the one play per game at seven home football games a year, 30 men’s and women’s basketball games per year, six home gym meets and about 40 softball games at Tiger Park per season and I’m estimating you can hear Garth Brooks croon 179 times per school year if you’re the biggest LSU fan in the world. That’s enough to drive someone insane, but it’s worth it to claim being the world’s biggest fan. I say go for it.
This is the end, part 3
As mentioned at the top, this is the final week of the Bayou Bengal Briefing. So, this week, I’ve been using the bottom section of the piece to rank some of my favorite endings in history. On Monday, we highlighted sitcom finales. On Tuesday, we looked at movie endings. For Thursday, let’s look at music.
I have a weird fascination with how musicians and bands choose to end albums. The first song on an album is almost always the one you’ll hear the most. But for the hardcore fans, the last song is the one that leaves the impression. You spend an hour or so listening to a complete work of art and this is the way you send us off.
Some of my favorites include The Replacements’ ode to isolated sadness Here Comes A Regular, David Bowie’s space-opera finale Rock n Roll Suicide, Big Star’s sweetest love song I’m in Love with a Girl and Weezer’s three-part instrumental odyssey The Futurescope Trilogy. The gold standard might always be The Beatles’ The End, though it isn’t technically the last track on the album. Just the last song.
But my pick is a sentimental one as much as it is a logical one. You might’ve noticed I’m mostly picked ballads and slower songs here. I’m gonna stick with that trend. But also I’m going to pick one of the greatest songs of all time. Emotion and all, here’s The Who’s Love Reign O’er Me.