Saturday was a good time to be LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron.
The Tigers earned a dominating 38-10 victory against Arkansas at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. It was an impressive recovery after LSU suffered a 10-0 loss to Alabama on Nov. 5 at Tiger Stadium, a result that led some to question whether Orgeron represented the right choice for the Tigers’ future.
What a difference a week makes.
As expected, Orgeron earned rave reviews in helping LSU improve to 6-3 overall with a 4-2 record in the SEC. There’s an argument to be made that his ability to turn the Tigers around so quickly after that loss to the Crimson Tide is something to point to when building a case for why Orgeron should be named LSU’s next coach. What was accomplished Saturday shouldn’t be undervalued.
That LSU isn't suffering from Bama hangover may be the best argument yet for Ed Orgeron
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) November 13, 2016
Ed Orgeron takes a big step towards landing the #LSU job. Bouncing back for a 38-10 win in Fayetteville says something, IMO. 2 games left.
— Shea Dixon (@Sheadixon) November 13, 2016
ESPN commentators just railed throughout entire drive how Ed Orgeron won't get #LSU job. Meanwhile Tigers are dominating a ranked team. ??
— Jeff Nowak (@Jeff_Nowak) November 13, 2016
Orgeron’s status has become one of the most fascinating developments late in the season. The Tigers close the regular season at home against Florida next Saturday and at Texas A&M on Nov. 24, so there’s still plenty to be learned.
If LSU wins both of those games, wouldn’t it seem hard not to give Orgeron the job? Wouldn’t it seem like he did enough to earn the trust of LSU’s decision-makers?
Of course, no one knows for sure. This whole situation is a giant wild card. If LSU falters down the stretch, then Orgeron’s stock will fall.
But this much is clear: What LSU did Saturday in demolishing a SEC West rival was impressive. The result should bode well for Orgeron’s ability to stick around in Baton Rouge beyond this season.