Lunch with Coach O: Alabama Preview

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU head coach Ed Orgeron met with sports journalists Monday for his weekly news conference to preview the upcoming matchup for the Tigers.

No. 4 LSU will host No. 1 Alabama in Tiger Stadium on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The game will air on WAFB.

Orgeron had lots of praise for Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who has the ability to scramble and throw accurately on the run. He said he thinks LSU’s defensive backs match up well with the Crimson Tide’s wide receivers. The Tigers lead college football in interceptions. He said he thinks he has the best DBs in the country. He also said Jerry Jeudy is one of the best wide receivers his defensive backs will face all season.

Tagovailoa is 107-for-152 this year, a 70.4 percent completion rate, for 2066 yards and 25 touchdowns.

Judy has 31 receptions for 777 yards, a 25 yard per catch average, and 10 touchdowns.

Orgeron talked about the importance of the offensive line playing well in the run game and on pass plays. He said the guys up front need to create holes for the running backs and protect quarterback Joe Burrow. He said the Tide defense is creative in its pass rush, so protection will be the key. He added Burrow will have to get the ball out of his hands quickly. He said he thinks Burrow will make the right call to put the offense in the right situation and make some decisions that will get them out of some bad ones.

One player who can help with protecting Burrow is senior offensive guard Garrett Brumfield. Orgeron said Brumfield is as healthy as possible at this point and is expected to play.

Orgeron said he knows this is “the” game, but he is not going to make it bigger than life. He said the team will go through its normal routine. He added the team is not thinking about past losses against Alabama. They are focusing on this game. He said if the Tigers play as well as they are capable of playing, then they can beat the Crimson Tide.

Orgeron said field goal kicker Cole Tracy has brought a lot of confidence to the team. He added in his mind, anytime the Tigers reach the 33-yard line, they can come away with at least 3 points. He said he doesn’t want the team to think about settling for field goals. He wants to score touchdowns.

Tracy has hit 21-of-23 field goals and 24 straight PATs this season.

Orgeron said he has lots of confidence in his defensive staff and the positions the coaches put the players in. He said they will have to be sound against the run and the pass but he believes LSU has the defensive staff to stop Alabama.

According to Orgeron, everyone will have to pick it up, including him, due to linebacker Devin White suspended for the first half of the game. He added they are mad and he coaches better when he’s mad. He thinks the team will play better when mad.

A look back at some of LSU’s passing ineptitude against Alabama is staggering.

  • 2011: BCS Championship - 11-17-1, 53 yards, 0 TD
  • 2014: 8-26-1, 76 yards, TD 
  • 2016: 11-24-1, 92 yards, 0 TD

LSU fans are hoping quarterback Joe Burrow has much better statistics that other Tiger quarterbacks against the Tide defense.

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