BATON ROUGE, La. — Just because LSU’s season is effectively over doesn’t mean it’s actually over.
After last weekend’s 10-0 loss pushed LSU out of the SEC and NCAA title hunts, the Tigers don’t have many substantial goals to play for. But there still is pride on the line. And after back-to-back years of demoralizing losses to the Arkansas Razorbacks, LSU heads to Fayetteville, Ark. this Saturday to right those wrongs.
Fresh off the Alabama loss, Ed Orgeron is scheduled to have a press conference at 12:30 CT to put the Alabama game in the past and kick off the Arkansas week. SEC Country is on hand and will be updating this article with quotes from the Orgeron presser. Make sure to refresh the page and stay posted here for updates.
- The truth is we played a very well coached Alabama team. Probably the best front seven we’ll face all year, maybe the best front seven we’ve seen in college football in quite a while.
- It’s awfully important that we forget about last week and move on to a very good Arkansas team.
- If we were able to get points early, the outcome would’ve been a little different or we would’ve at least been in control.
- We did a poor job of substituting in crucial spots. I thought that was critical. We met as a staff and we identified some things that we need to fix. Some plays didn’t work. We need to communicate better so we don’t make these critical mistakes.
- On defense, we were pleased the way we played. Since we took over, Dave Aranda’s defense has held offenses scoreless 10 out of 16 quarters. Tremendous jobs by our team. First time since 2007 they were held scoreless in the first half. But we did not play for 60 minutes.
- I know they’re going to be disappointed. They gave their heart and soul. For that I want to commend their effort. We just didn’t get the result we wanted. But it’s time to move on. This is Game 5 of our new season. It’s going to be important to put this game behind us and move on to a very tough Arkansas team that plays very well at home.
- They had almost 300 yards rushing last year. They beat us two years in a row. Their turnover margin is even. Their offense is pro-style. They lead the SEC in time of possession. Their quarterback is a very good passer. Rawleigh Williams has almost 1,000 yards rushing. They have a gigantic offensive line. They’re very good, very well coached. Tough, tough, tough.
- I expect [Leonard] to play well. I expect him to come back with a great attitude and shake it off and finish strong. I think we’re just getting started to be honest with you. I think we found something in that football team that we hadn’t had to deal with. We have a lot of things to build on.
- I think we all felt it yesterday. All of us had to deal with some sort of emotional let-down. We all had the hurt in our belly. I think it’s a mindset. We’ve beat some teams very heavily and we had to go back the next day and forget about it and move forward. I think we have to have the same thing.
- We have several [penalties] that we have to send over to the league office. I usually don’t do that but there were some things that we didn’t agree with. We’ll let the league office know what their interpretation is and we’ll go with that.
- There are some things that we looked at. Hindsight is 20/20. There are some things that we need to do against a great defensive front. Having a mobile quarterback would’ve helped with that. The spread offense is here to stay. Those guys are scoring 40/45 points a game until they come against Dave Aranda.
- We’re going to have to play more base [defense]. I watched the film this morning. 2 yards, 2 yards, 70. 2 yards, 2 yards, 60. We’re going to have to be ready to play against our base and stop the run.
- We would’ve changed a lot of stuff. But look, I gave it to coach Ensminger and their group. I don’t second guess them. We see some things that didn’t work. In order for us to take out Danny, we have to really believe that Brandon could do better than Danny. Right now we don’t believe that.
- Obviously, the team we just played had a lot to do with it because we couldn’t block that front seven.
- I like [Bielema]. I think he’s done a very good job. I went there a couple years ago when I had my year off and studied him. It’s the biggest team I’ve ever seen in college football. His lines are bigger than some NFL teams. It’s one of my favorite places I’ve ever coached, but it’s not easy to recruit up there.
- It seemed like [Etling was nervous]. It sure did. It was totally out of his character. I think it was the first third down he threw the ball in the dirt. I don’t know. I didn’t talk to him. But it was totally outside of his character. He didn’t play well.
- There’s no question. I know we’re going to bounce back. This is not going to affect us. We will not let Game 4 affect Game 5. This is a big game for us. We’ll continue with the same approach.
- The game plan called for us to get Leonard the ball. Just nothing was working that night. I thought Derrius ran the ball and he ran it twice and he did well. Hopefully we’ll use him more this week.
- The one that’s at the left tackle at Alabama should be here. We need to get better, we need to get bigger and we need to get stronger. We need to have guys drafted in the first round to block for guys who get drafted in the first round.
- I think this is probably the most significant Monday we’ve had all season. We’ll come back tomorrow for competition Tuesday. It’s our first time traveling together. I think it’s going to be a great week for the Tigers.
- We’re going to get crowd noise piped in. We’re going to really talk about focus. Why we’re on the trip. Motivate them. Have a great team meeting Friday night. We feel that on Saturday we have tremendous meetings. The one time we get on the bus we make sure that we’re totally focused on.
- I think [K.J. Malone] is going to be fine.
- I think you’re right on that. I have in-laws in Arkansas. I know what this means to them. It just seems like every time somebody plays LSU it’s their game of the year. Although it would be nice to bring the Boot home, I don’t think it will be our motivation this week.