The future of LSU coach Ed Orgeron has become a popular offseason topic.
Recently, SEC Network’s Paul Finebaum and Outkick the Coverage’s Clay Travis told SEC Country that they envision Orgeron entering the 2018 season on the SEC’s hottest seat. The Tigers are 15-6 under the coach, and eyes will be on Baton Rouge to see whether LSU can become an SEC West contender soon.
As part of a piece titled, “100 things to watch 100 days until college football kicks off,” ESPN college football analysts Mark Schlabach and Ryan McGee touched on Orgeron’s future in Baton Rouge. The Tigers open the season against Miami on Sept. 2, and there are multiple challenges featured on LSU’s schedule.
Here’s how the analysts broke down Orgeron’s situation:
Schlabach: LSU coach Ed Orgeron has been known to give one heck of a postgame speech (44). Can Ohio State transfer Joe Burrow save his job (45)?
McGee: I don’t know if anyone can save Orgeron’s job. The Tigers open the season against Miami in Arlington, Texas, and play Florida and Georgia from the SEC East (46). They’ll get to play Alabama and Mississippi State at home, but I can’t see them winning more than seven or eight games. Am I wrong?
Schlabach: I know one thing: The Tigers are going to have to really flop for athletic director Joe Alleva to fire him. If Orgeron doesn’t make it, Alleva won’t stay employed, either (47).
Burrow’s addition is a positive sign for LSU, which begins its first season under offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger. But will it be enough to give life to the Tigers offense, which has struggled under Orgeron? We’ll have to wait and see.
This much is clear: Orgeron could use a big year in which LSU beats expectations and asserts itself as an SEC West contender late into the fall. A season with seven or fewer victories would cast doubt on Orgeron’s future in Baton Rouge.