Lunch with Coach O: LSU vs. Texas Preview

Lunch with Coach O: LSU vs. Texas Preview
Ed Orgeron (Source: Josh Auzenne/WAFB-TV)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - LSU head coach Ed Orgeron will meet with sports journalists Tuesday afternoon to preview the first away game of the season as No. 6 LSU travels to Austin to face No. 10 Texas.

LSU opened up the 2019 season at home against Georgia Southern. The Tigers beat the Eagles 55-3. Starting quarterback Joe Burrow finished 23-of-27 for 278 yards and five touchdowns. He tied Zach Mettenberger’s record that was set in 2013 against UAB. All of Burrow’s scoring tosses were in the first half, although he did play in the third quarter.

Orgeron said he was proud of the way the players and coaches prepared for the game against Georgia Southern. He added the spread offense was effective.

The Longhorns opened up their season against Louisiana Tech and beat the Bulldogs 45-14. Starting quarterback Sam Ehlinger threw for four scores against the Bulldogs. Orgeron complimented Ehlinger, calling him a “complete football player.” He also said Ehlinger reminds him a bit of Tim Tebow, but he throws a bit better than Tebow.

Orgeron said they will practice with noise this week because the stadium Texas plays in gets very loud. He added the stadium has turf, so the players will try to get on the field early to get a feel for it. According to Orgeron, LSU has a very mature team. He said Monday’s practice was the best so far.

Orgeron said he is a lot more interested in how the offensive line protects Burrow than he is in seeing how productive the offense can be against a top opponent. He noted Texas is good at blitzing and he wants to see how his protection performs.

Orgeron said he thought defensive end Glen Logan played exceptional against Georgia Southern. He added Logan did not miss a single rep during fall camp. He also said defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin played very well.

According to Orgeron, he plans to continue to use all five running backs and will manage how much each plays.

Saahdiq Charles and Michael Divinity will play in the game.

LSU is currently a 5-point favorite over Texas.

ESPN’s College Gameday will be in Austin for the top 10 matchup.

The game will be played in Austin at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, September 7.

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