NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - With a win over Ole Miss, public support to give LSU Interim Head Coach Ed Orgeron the head job full-time is gaining steam. Beat Alabama next weekend, the job is his to keep. "Coach O" knows all the scenarios, but isn't showing his cards.
"No not at all, you have to block that out. This is about the team, the team coming first," said Orgeron. "This is a big game for LSU, a big game for the fans. LSU-Alabama has been a great rivalry, it's a rivalry I grew up watching. It's something I would want to win as a football coach for the team and the family, and the State of Louisiana."
Alabama currently owns a five-game winning streak over the Tigers. That run started in New Orleans at the BCS Championship Game in 2011. A streak "Coach O" is well aware of.
"It's been a long time, yes it has," said Orgeron. "We haven't talked about it much. That's one of the things that hasn't come across my desk, but I know that Alabama has beaten us for several years. I know what this game means to the fans, I know what it means to the administration, and our football team."
LSU is more than a touchdown underdog against Alabama, but an upset could be in the making if LSU plays a "complete game."
"We're a very talented football team. My job is to get them to play as a team, and play up to their capabilities. The last three weeks we've done that. Not for 60 minutes, and not a 100 percent yet. In order to beat a team like Alabama we have to be at or best, and I know they understand that," said Orgeron.