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LSU coach Ed Orgeron is on the hot seat? That isn't a new opinion, not with the Tigers facing a daunting schedule in 2018.

National media goes all out talking about LSU football on Monday

Nick Suss

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Why now?

For a random Monday in the middle of March, the national media spent an awful lot of time talking about LSU football. So, why not break it down Bayou Bengal Briefing style?

First, there was The Sporting News’ Bill Bender, who predicted LSU coach Ed Orgeron’s hot seat will “heat up” in 2018. This isn’t a new opinion. It’s not hard to observe LSU has a rough schedule in 2018: Alabama, Georgia, Miami, Texas A&M, Florida, Mississippi State, Auburn and Ole Miss. That’s eight games LSU could lose. It’s not too bold to say LSU might lose them. But Orgeron’s job status might be more tied to his recruiting exploits than his on-field performance in 2018. Which could either be his saving grace or his ticket to unemployment. Depends on how you look at it.

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Staying on theme, former LSU star Marcus Spears spoke on the SEC Smothered Covered radio program Monday, saying he expects LSU to be a “middle of the pack” team in 2018. Which also is a fair opinion, given that’s where LSU football has finished every year since 2012. It’s not a stretch to say LSU should be in 2018 where it has been most years in recent memory.

Finally, there was CBS Sports’ Barrett Sallee, who had the boldest opinion. Sallee asserts LSU will be the most interesting team in the country in 2018. Between Orgeron and new offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger, not to mention the tough schedule and the influx of young talent, he might not be wrong. Sallee seems to believe that this is an all-or-nothing year for LSU, saying Orgeron has “pushed all his chips to the middle of the table.” Even if that’s not the case, there’s plenty to be excited about and intrigued by. But if you want to view it as a do-or-die season for Coach O, that just adds to the suspense.

Fast guy goes fast

The following two statements are simultaneously true:

  1. Donte Jackson ran the fastest 40-yard dash at the 2018 NFL Combine
  2. Donte Jackson had a disappointing showing at the 2018 NFL Combine

The former LSU cornerback, dubbed the “fastest man in college football” in 2017, ran his 40-yard dash in 4.32 seconds, tying Ohio State product Denzel Ward and Tulane product Parry Nickerson for the fastest time at the combine. Still, after Jackson spent months hyping his chances to set a new combine record, coming up a tenth of a second short seems disappointing.

Regardless, it’s fun to watch fast guys run fast. So, here’s Jackson blazing down the field:

ICYMI

In case you missed any of it, here’s a smattering of some of the biggest LSU news from Monday:

In LSU baseball news

The LSU baseball team returns to action on Tuesday night when the Tigers host crosstown rival Southern. The game is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. CT and will be available to stream online through WatchESPN.

LSU is expected to start junior right-hander Cam Sanders, who has started LSU’s two other Tuesday games this season. After the Southern game, LSU will turn around and play another on Wednesday — that one in Lafayette against the Ragin’ Cajuns.

Watch me, watch me

As we do every week, fellow SEC Country LSU beat reporter Alex Hickey and I hopped on Facebook on Monday to break down the biggest and most important LSU sports news. We talked for about an hour, touching on everything from the start of spring LSU football to the future of Orgeron to the state of the baseball program.

Watch the video in the window below. And be sure to like our page on Facebook to participate in future live chats.

Today in made-up holidays

This might be the most important made-up holiday of them all.

According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, March 6 is National Oreo Cookie Day. It is the well-established stance of the Bayou Bengal Briefing that cookies are the best dessert. And it is the opinion of this esteemed writer that Oreos are the best cookie. Which, therefore, makes Oreos the best dessert.

I’ll leave you with a tweet I’ve posted multiple times, and one I stand by. I hope you agree with me.

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