Ed Orgeron reflects on loss to Alabama, previews upcoming trip to Arkansas
The week after facing Alabama has sometimes been tricky for LSU in recent years.
The Tigers lost lopsided games against Arkansas in 2014-15 after falling against the Crimson Tide, hangovers that played a large role in former coach Les Miles’ firing. Current LSU coach Ed Orgeron has had no problem with that in his two matchups with the Razorbacks, but the Tigers must clear that hurdle again this week.
No.7 LSU (7-2, 4-2 SEC) will look to avoid a similar pothole when it travels to face Arkansas (2-7, 0-5) at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. The Tigers suffered a 29-0 home loss against Alabama last Saturday, which Orgeron discussed for a good portion of his appearance on Wednesday’s SEC Coaches Teleconference.
Below is everything Orgeron said Wednesday.
On injuries to Breiden Fehoko and John Battle:
- John is 50-50, questionable. Fehoko is questionable but has better odds than Battle.
On responding after the Alabama:
- It’s been great. Came in with a great attitude on Monday, great attitude on Tuesday. I expect more of that today.
On where Arkansas ranks among LSU rivalries:
- We don’t rank them. We consider Alabama our rival, but we understand the (Golden) Boot and what it means and the rivalry and it being a border game. We respect it and Coach (Chad) Morris.
On being Arkansas’ No. 1 rival:
- I get that. My wife is from Arkansas, so I hear it a lot. It’s a tough atmosphere. I know we will get their best shot.
What did you learn at Arkansas (as an assistant from 1986-87)?
- It was my first time at the D-1 level. I learned to defend the wishbone, the 3-4 defense. It was a great two years; I really enjoyed it.
What did you do there?
- I was a grad assistant in the weight room and on the D-line.
Thoughts on Arkansas?
- I think Chad has a good scheme, excellent quarterback. Their running back hits the hole fast. I know they are hit-and-miss on defense. I know (defensive coordinator John) Chavis likes to blitz. We expect their best shot.
On playing senior night on the road:
- We have to take care of the football. We expect it to be cold. We have to get back on track. We have struggled after Alabama, so we have to watch out for a hangover. We know they scored 31 on Alabama, (and) we didn’t score any.
On interviewing Chad Morris, do you recall that?
- I was recruiting Jevan Snead, his quarterback. I interviewed him at the Waffle House in Oxford, but I hired Hugh Freeze instead.
What makes it so hard to run on Alabama?
- Their technique is good, and they are very big. The scheme is good, they have long arms, hard to move. Overall, outstanding talent, and they are well coached.
On switching the bye week Alabama and LSU always get before their game:
- That’s something that has been brought up. I know we needed it this year, with the schedule we had. We needed that break at that time.
How good is this Alabama team?
- One of the best teams I ever played. I don’t see any weaknesses on this team. Tua (Tagovailoa) is great, and the defense is dominant.
What is their weakness?
- I didn’t see any, I’ll tell you that.