LSU has struggled to get over the hump in recent years. Ever since reaching the national championship game in the 2011 season, the Tigers have been good enough to be in the conversation, but have not been able to get over the hump against the rival Crimson Tide, especially.
They have yet to beat the Tide since that championship game and that has kept the program back. Last year saw chaos with rumors Les Miles was going to be dismissed even though the program has still performed well in national rankings.
Just not competing directly for the College Football Playoff and national championships. LSU will be expected to compete at a high level this year.
For many it is a put-up-or-shut-up kind of year.
For LSU’s quarterback during its 2001 national championship season, Rohan Davey, there are no excuses.
“There’s no excuses [this season]. You’re not going to get any punchlines from me with this one. No excuses. The job has to be done this year,” Davey told 104.5 FM ESPN Radio in Baton Rouge. “No excuses. It’s prime time. Everything’s set. The team is set. They’re working their behinds off. All we got to do is play (quarterback). We play the position, we’re going to put ourselves in position to do great things at the end of the year. There’s no excuses this year. None at all.”
The Tigers have the talent to win a national championship. They will be ranked among the best teams in the country. They will have to overcome those rivals from Tuscaloosa to do it.
But it definitely feels like LSU has to take advantage of this opportunity especially with Leonard Fournette on the team and likely to leave early for the NFL after this season.