LSU’s 2021 season hasn’t gone exactly how it had planned. The Tigers are 5-6, including 2-5 in SEC play, and head coach Ed Orgeron and the team will be parting ways at the end of the year.

However, there’s still an opportunity for LSU to finish the regular season on a strong note, as it’s set to host No. 16 Texas A&M on Saturday night. And while it’s a challenging matchup, Tigers senior linebacker Damone Clark is confident his team can pull off an upset.

“Oh, we’re going to beat Texas A&M, we’re going to beat them,” Clark told the media on Monday.

Regardless of the outcome, Orgeron won’t be at LSU in 2022. So Clark took some time to praise his head coach when he was asked about the end of Orgeron’s tenure approaching.

“I’m just grateful for the opportunity Coach O gave me,” Clark said. “Coach O, even when he came to my house to recruit and everything he said, it came true. And I’m just forever grateful for everything he did for me.”

Clark has played 49 games over his 4 seasons at LSU, and 2021 has been his best year. In 11 games this season, he has 125 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 4 pass deflections and 1 interception.

LSU and Texas A&M are set to kick off on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.