LSU coach Ed Orgeron said he saw something in his players as the Tigers arrived in Atlanta on Thursday night for the SEC Championship Game, and it showed in a 37-10 win over Georgia.

“They had a look in their eye, a focus of winning and determination,” Orgeron said at a post-game press conference, “and won as a football team. For our whole organization, for the state of Louisiana, for LSU and for everybody that played in the purple and gold. But tonight wasn’t our final destination. We know that. We don’t know where we’re going to go, we don’t know who we’re going to play. Wherever they tell us to go, whoever they tell us to play, we’ll be ready to go.”

Orgeron was asked about his thoughts on the Heisman Trophy race and QB Joe Burrow.

“In my opinion, he’s the best player in the country, in my opinion, he should win it,” Orgeron said. “In my opinion he’s going to win it. But you know the best thing about Joe, he’s a team player. All he wanted to do was win this game. Individual awards are not high on his list. That’s what makes him such a great team player.”

He was asked if LSU should be the No. 1 team after this performance.

“I think we’re a dern good football team,” Orgeron said. “We don’t know, and I told the team, it doesn’t matter. It don’t matter where the rank us, where they tell us to go, we got to win the next game, that’s all that matters.”

Summarizing what his players and the team meant to him, Orgeron summarized it this way.

“They’re excellent players, great team players,” Orgeron said. “Great team win, I’m so proud of our defense tonight, the way they came to play. I thought this was overall our best effort this season, but I wasn’t surprised. Our preparation, our guys have been phenomenal.”

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