BATON ROUGE, La. – The last question that Ed Orgeron accepted in his post-match press conference would not concern his team's next opponent or the targeted call against his All-America linebacker Devin White. Michael Bonnette, sports information manager of the LSU, took care of that. "One more thing for coaches," Bonnette told a dramatic break in a room full of reporters "about this game."
He was only half joking. They do not often see a post-game press conference like this, where a minute-long 16-point win over a top 25 team was flatly ignored by the media present. That's because the LSU's next game is against high-ranking Alabama, and that's because the LSU has to make do without one of their best players and best prospects for an NFL draft in the first half of the game. The officials were marked white to land about six minutes in a rainy, ugly 1
The home team booed the officials between each game for the remainder of the game, and sets of "Ref you suck!" broke out in the half-full stadium. Afterwards, the players of Orgeron and the LSU lamented the imminent absence of a player who leads the team in duels (at 22) and is considered the heart of the defense. Even the governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, a well-known LSU fan and friend of Orgeron, who had attended the Saturday game, took on Twitter to ponder the appeal. "Someone has to explain the definition of 'targeting,'" the tweet said. "From what I know, that was not it. #GeauxTigers."
Officials reviewed the piece and confirmed the targeting call, and the SEC released a statement after the game confirming the decision . It will not stop arguing for a few weeks in Baton Rouge about something that seems to be one of the most questionable target offenses. Nevertheless, there is nothing to do. There is no appeal, says the Federal Office. "Probably Devin will not be there in the first half," Orgeron later said. "We have to make some adjustments there that will hurt our football team, but, hey, we have to live with it, that's it, that's the rule."
And so LSU has to lose its seven-game win over Alabama without his best Break players for the first two quarters. It's another hefty story in this annual dramatic duel between the Western powers of the SEC, which will take place on November 3, after both teams took their Bye Week in Week 9. This year's version of the rivalry has it all, with two top-five teams spraying for a college football playoff appearance. LSU did not beat Alabama in 2,555 days, and last year at the Bryant Denny Stadium, the Tide rubbed it over the Tigers with giveaway jumbo clips from each of the previous six wins. There is the return of former LSU coach Nick Saban, who returned to the state in 2003 to win recruiting battles for the country's best players (for example, Saban Prered Corner Patrick Surtain Jr. and defensive Isaiah) Orgason's last-minute signing buggies Day Stunner). This year there is another unique link between the two schools: Alabama starts with cornerback, and former five-star candidate Saivion Smith joined LSU 18 months ago, attended a junior college and then signed this off-season with the Tide. His post-LSU journey is not lost among those around the football program at Baton Rouge.
CBS is expected to make LSU-Alabama's prime-time kickoff for an eighth year in a row, and the two will meet for the 13th consecutive season as top -20 teams. Tickets for the secondary market cost up to $ 1,300 for a 50-yard line seat, but even the nosebleeds cost around $ 200. LSU Run Back Nick Brossette, a Baton Rouge native and lifelong Tigers fan who has participated in four of them, summed it up like this: "It's crazy."
LSU's loss to the Tide was sensitive enough that Miles rarely used the word "Alabama", nor did he talk about his predecessor, Saban. Orgeron took a different approach and enlarged the game in his opening press conference. "You will be judged after this game," he said. I applaud it, I can not wait until the day we beat these guys. "
Orgeron's quarterback, Joe Burrow, is aware of that, though the transfer from Ohio State indicates he's not from "down here" I got involved, people tweeting me, "Go and defeat Bama for us." No pressure, "says Burrow, starting on Tuesday to study a film about the Crimson Tide, locked up alone in a dark room at Tiger Stadium, writing notes on a block to reverse the trend of LSU quarterbacks against Alabama The last three – Anthony Jennings, Brandon Harris and Danny Etling – have completed 38.9% of their passes, threw four interceptions with just two touchdowns and have been dismissed 13 times over four games, but LSU has been questioned all year round and has responded by eliminating four top 25 teams. "Many people, if you tell them that the LSU would play 7-1 in Alabama, they would tell you that you're crazy," says Burrow. I did not feel that way. "
The Tigers will have to endure this excitement without their best defender in the first half, with Jacob Phillips, the second star linebacker alongside White, seeing his teammate after the match in de r dressing room. He described White's behavior as "angry." He gave him a message: We have you. "We will play for him and play him through," said Foster Moreau. "I know Devin well, he'll have his defense – and it's his defense – he'll have those guys ready to play without him for 30 minutes."
Here's a stat that the LSU against the Mississippi State summarizes Well: In the middle of the fourth quarter, MSU quarterback Nick Fitzgerald had another pass (four) completed when he had interceptions (three). This sent the game of football back to the 1960s, with none of the teams cracked the 260-yard mark on the offensive and dominated immediately after the speech of two weeks into the future. LSU has been considered the team that has been able to finally put together a four-quarter bout against the Crimson Tide for weeks, forcing QB Tua Tagovailoa to buck in a hard-fought second half. The Tigers did not really give us much optimism this Saturday.
Do not tell the Orgeron who, after being asked another Alabama or White question, mocked a reporter. "We'll enjoy this win first, maybe I'll give you the game schedule on Tuesday."