It might be all Alabama’s fault.
LSU coach Les Miles’ seat is warming up in Baton Rouge, La., and the Crimson Tide may be one of the biggest reasons for the discontent.
Forget the fact that Miles has lost five consecutive games to Nick Saban and Alabama starting with the 2011 BCS National Championship Game. LSU’s once promising 2015 season was derailed at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., a few weeks ago.
The Tigers walked into Tuscaloosa a perfect 7-0 and ranked No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings. Three weeks later, LSU is 7-2, Miles is on the hot seat, the program appears to be in disarray and Alabama may be the biggest culprit for Miles’ potential demise.
ESPN College GameDay’s Lee Corso thought LSU’s 30-16 loss to the Crimson Tide ruined LSU’s season.
“I think when Alabama destroyed LSU they ripped the heart right out of LSU,” Corso said. “I don’t think they’re going to win another game this season.”
SEC Nation analyst Marcus Spears said that success in the SEC is gauged by beating Alabama. He added that LSU’s five-game skid against the Crimson Tide will not help Miles keep his job.
“The barometer for SEC coaches is what Nick Saban has been able to do at Alabama,” Spears said. “Everyone at a program like that, they determine, if we can’t do what they’re doing, we don’t have a coach that’s good enough… LSU is 0-5 against Alabama. And that’s the real issue. People are upset and they’re frustrated about that.”
Alabama has not been unbeatable, however. SEC Nation pundit Paul Finebaum explained that the Crimson Tide has sustained setbacks as well.
“Since LSU and Les Miles last beat Alabama, A&M has beaten Alabama, Auburn has beaten Alabama, Ole Miss has beaten Alabama twice,” Finebaum said.
The problem is, LSU has failed to get the job done against Alabama in recent memory, and that’s what everyone remembers. LSU’s brass could be sick of being second fiddle to ‘Bama in the SEC.