Coach Orgeron: 'The benchmark is to beat Alabama' - FOX 8, WVUE, fox8live.com, weather, app, news, saints

Coach Orgeron: 'The benchmark is to beat Alabama'

Alabama owns a six-game winning streak over LSU. Source: Mark LaGrange Alabama owns a six-game winning streak over LSU. Source: Mark LaGrange
HOOVER, AL (WVUE) -

The last three seasons at LSU, the Tigers could only muster 8-5,9-3, and 8-4 records. That's above average numbers, but not national power material. Coach Ed Orgeron is trying to end the mediocre run for the Purple and Gold, and he laid out that blueprint at SEC Media Days in Hoover.

"Always competing for the SEC championship. Always in the national championship hunt," said LSU Head Coach  Ed Orgeron. "That's the expectation of LSU. You're not going to do it every year, but you always need to be in the hunt."

If you want to hunt for a national title, you need to get through the Tide. Alabama owns a six-game winning streak over LSU.

"It's clear at every school I've been to that you need to beat your rivalry team," said Orgeron. "We haven't beaten them in six years. I will say this to you, close isn't good enough, but we battled last year for three quarters. That's not good enough. I do believe that if we make some minor adjustments, and major adjustments on offense, if we can blow out the guys up front and move the ball. We can hang with them toe-to-toe, and win a close game, I do believe that."

Coach O will need talent to change the tide in the Alabama series. That starts with closing the borders, and keeping the four and five star recruits in Louisiana.

"LSU has had a history of keeping their players in-state, and those guys coming and having success. Obviously Alabama is coming in and taking guys out of our state. We have to stop them, and we're doing everything legally to stop them. Eventually we will, but obviously the benchmark is to beat Alabama. To do that we have to keep our players at home. We have work to do. Give credit to Coach Saban he does a great job recruiting. His guys do a great job recruiting. I do believe that eventually we'll stop the bleeding. We'll get guys to stay at LSU, but we need to beat them. We need to win championships, so they can stay home to win championships," said Orgeron.

Copyright 2017 WVUE. All rights reserved.

  • SportsMore>>

  • After Further Review: Five Saints who need a big game

    After Further Review: Five Saints who need a big game

    Hau’oli Kikaha needs a quality effort tonight. (Source: Nola.com)Hau’oli Kikaha needs a quality effort tonight. (Source: Nola.com)
    Hau’oli Kikaha needs a quality effort tonight. (Source: Nola.com)Hau’oli Kikaha needs a quality effort tonight. (Source: Nola.com)
    Hau’Oli Kikaha Kikaha has been on the outside looking in all camp and hasn’t done much to change that perception. He’s played strong side linebacker and defensive end. And that partly illustrates his biggest problem. He’s a bit of a tweener and can’t seem to find a natural fit. He may be best suited as a standup outside linebacker in a 3-4 system which Dennis Allen obviously doesn’t run. Austin Carr Carr was a player I was high on before camp due...more>>
    Hau’Oli Kikaha Kikaha has been on the outside looking in all camp and hasn’t done much to change that perception. He’s played strong side linebacker and defensive end. And that partly illustrates his biggest problem. He’s a bit of a tweener and can’t seem to find a natural fit. He may be best suited as a standup outside linebacker in a 3-4 system which Dennis Allen obviously doesn’t run. Austin Carr Carr was a player I was high on before camp due...more>>
  • Will Brees play against the Cardinals

    Will Brees play against the Cardinals

    Drew Brees is ready to play tonight, but will he. (Source: Mark Lagrange)Drew Brees is ready to play tonight, but will he. (Source: Mark Lagrange)
    Drew Brees is ready to play tonight, but will he. (Source: Mark Lagrange)Drew Brees is ready to play tonight, but will he. (Source: Mark Lagrange)
    Drew Brees has been on-point all training camp, but didn't see action in week one of the preseason. This is year 13 for Brees in the Black and Gold offense, so how much work does he really need.  "Obviously, it is important for me to get some reps in the preseason. It's really just a matter of how many. I feel like getting some work in the second preseason game and the third preseason game prepares me plenty for the regular season. We have a lot other guys that we're trying...more>>
    Drew Brees has been on-point all training camp, but didn't see action in week one of the preseason. This is year 13 for Brees in the Black and Gold offense, so how much work does he really need.  "Obviously, it is important for me to get some reps in the preseason. It's really just a matter of how many. I feel like getting some work in the second preseason game and the third preseason game prepares me plenty for the regular season. We have a lot other guys that we're trying...more>>
  • Terrebonne and E.D. White hit the field for a spirited scrimmage

    Terrebonne and E.D. White hit the field for a spirited scrimmage

    Ja'Khi Douglass and Terrebonne looked sharp in their scrimmage against E.D. White.Ja'Khi Douglass and Terrebonne looked sharp in their scrimmage against E.D. White.
    Ja'Khi Douglass and Terrebonne looked sharp in their scrimmage against E.D. White.Ja'Khi Douglass and Terrebonne looked sharp in their scrimmage against E.D. White.
    Terrebonne and E.D. White met on the Cardinal campus for a preseason scrimmage. Ja’Khi Douglas and Chaz Ward controlled the offensive side of the ball for the Tigers through the ground and air.  Ward scored two rushing touchdowns, after Douglas got the squad in scoring range with some key passes. E.D. White senior quarterback Brandon Legendre broke some big plays, but the Cardinals could never get into the end zone. Copyright 2018 WVUE. All rights reserved.more>>
    Terrebonne and E.D. White met on the Cardinal campus for a preseason scrimmage. Ja’Khi Douglas and Chaz Ward controlled the offensive side of the ball for the Tigers through the ground and air.  Ward scored two rushing touchdowns, after Douglas got the squad in scoring range with some key passes. E.D. White senior quarterback Brandon Legendre broke some big plays, but the Cardinals could never get into the end zone. Copyright 2018 WVUE. All rights reserved.more>>
Powered by Frankly