There was never any question to the talent Les Miles attracted to LSU, but it was his ability, or perceived lack thereof, to turn top recruiting classes into results on the field that led to his ousting.
In the three weeks since, it has appeared there is now a man in charge getting the most — or at least more — out of the Tigers. That man is Ed Orgeron.
All you have to do is look to what reddit user GeauxTiger pointed out Sunday: LSU has set an offensive record in each of the three games with Orgeron at the helm. First, facing Missouri, Orgeron’s Tigers posted the most yards they ever have against an SEC opponent (634). Then, their 10.9 yards per play against Southern Miss set a modern-day school record. And this past week, Leonard Fournette set the individual school record for most rushing yards in a game, 284 — on only 16 carries.
This contrasts with a largely anemic offense that, under Miles, averaged just 22.75 points per game through their first four. In each of their three games under Orgeron, the Tigers have outscored their highest point total (34 vs. Jacksonville State) under Miles.
Of course, the road that goes through Missouri, Southern Miss and Ole Miss could be seen less treacherous than that of Wisconsin, Mississippi State and Auburn (and Jacksonville State). But there’s no doubt the Orgeron has yet to face the test that awaits him and LSU to close out the season.
As it stands, the Tigers are likely still in the hunt for the College Football Playoff. But it remains to be seen how long that lasts with upcoming games against No. 1 Alabama, Arkansas, No. 14 Florida and No. 9 Texas A&M.