If you are hoping for an Alabama hangover from LSU Saturday night, it probably isn't going to happen.
At Monday's news conference, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron addressed that, saying he had met with his staff -- who he admitted was hurting after a 29-0 shutout loss to Alabama-- and that he personally executed a 24-hour rule, where you forget the past and focus on the future.
Usually coaches say that right after a loss, though Orgeron said it Monday morning, more than 36 hours after the loss, but still he is well aware of the past. Plus, there was a big story in Baton Rouge'sAdvocate newspaper Tuesday morning about having a hangover. It was written by Brooks Kubena, who worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for almost 18 months before moving to Baton Rouge.
Kubena even compared Orgeron to former LSU head coach Les Miles and the four years the University of Arkansas has caught LSU after a loss to Alabama.
In 2014, the Tigers were riding a three-game win streak when Alabama came to Death Valley, and in a classic battle of defenses LSU lost 20-13 in overtime.
The Tigers came to Arkansas the next week and got shut out 17-0 and dropped out of the Top 25. That was the season the Razorbacks won three of their last four, including a 31-7 victory over Texas in the Texas Bowl, to finish 7-6.
The next year the Tigers were undefeated and ranked No. 5 in the country when they went to Tuscaloosa with payback on their minds. Instead, they lost to No. 7 Alabama 30-16 and then hosted the unranked Hogs and fell 31-14. LSU followed that up with a loss to Ole Miss before winning its final two games to finish the season ranked No. 16.
The Tide won the national championship that season.
In 2016 the Tigers started out 2-2 and Miles was fired. Coach O won three straight before losing to Alabama 10-0, but the next week LSU dominated the Hogs 38-10. Orgeron went 6-2 as the interim and was hired as the head coach after the season.
Last season the Tigers were 6-2 when they lost to Alabama 24-10 but came back the next week and beat Arkansas 33-10.
Saying LSU has been different against Arkansas with Orgeron would be like saying yesterday was an interesting day politically.
Miles has not found a job but is the hot name to be the new coach at Kansas where Athletic Director Jeff Long is searching for a new coach.
In 2012 Miles pretended like he was interested in the Arkansas job, and Long, who was a longtime friend of his since they worked together at Michigan, took the bait.
LSU was coming off the 2011 national championship and Miles apparently was feeling a little unappreciated financially. So he called Long, who got excited, but within a couple of days Miles announced he was staying at LSU.
He got a nice raise.
So Miles would have been his first choice before he hired Bred Bielema. Anyway, that's Kansas' problems.
Arkansas, at 2-7, has its own issues to deal with as it closes out the season with three good teams and two of the games on the road.
Because of the Razorbacks' record, four of the last five games were at 11 a.m, and attendance has been around the 40,000 mark. Apparently Athletic Director Hunter Yurachek appealed to the SEC office and someone was willing to listen, so when the Hogs host the Tigers on Saturday it will be at 6:30 p.m.
With last week off, the Razorbacks had an extra week to prepare for this game, and if the last two years are any indication with LSU under Orgeron for both of those, they may need it. It appears LSU won't be hung over from another loss to Alabama.
Sports on 11/07/2018
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