So many questions swirl around LSU as October SEC tests arrive

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DJ Chark (#7)
DJ Chark (#7) and the LSU Tigers fell to the Troy Trojans on Homecoming in Baton Rouge (Photo: Terrill Weil).

The LSU football team has turned the page on September and its first five games. It needed to do so in a hurry.

The record says 3 wins and 2 losses, and unrest has sprout up for Tiger fans.

October has three games on the LSU schedule starting this weekend at Florida. A home game against Auburn and a road trip to Ole Miss come before an open date at the end of the month.

Who is this football team? What is this football team? Where is this football team?

Head coach Ed Orgeron likes to say, “one team, one heartbeat.” LSU is FAR from that mantra right now.

This team does not know who it is. Sure, there are about 90 players on the roster, many who are new to the program as freshman. So far, 20 of those freshmen have played and I believe that is highest number in the nation.

Who is the quarterback? Orgeron says Danny Etling is the guy but the coaching staff wanted to get freshman Myles Brennan some experience in case they need him. I am not sure if Orgeron knows who his quarterback is.

Who is the kicker? Orgeron was clearer there, saying on his weekly radio show that the Tigers did not have a kicker on the roster. A day later, he announced that Connor Culp has the duties for the Florida game.

Coach O did not like the tailback choice at the start of the Troy game, the “third-string” back who carried and fumbled on the first LSU play from scrimmage. The ehad wondered who put him in the game. I think you get my point: “Who exactly is coach Orgeron?”

No one knows what this team is or how to describe them. The five games in the books indicate that it is a very young team and perhaps not a talented one compared to recent years at LSU.

What will October bring? Any wins? Three more losses?

Where is this football team mentally? I think it is very confused on offense, and the new system brought in by first-year coordinator Matt Canada is far from fully installed or even understood by the players or the head coach. Confusion is rampant among upper classmen and younger guys alike. Players are having meetings, complaining to the media about other players. I do not think they know where they are as October and tougher SEC game arrive.

After so many questions, here is one clear statement. Orgeron needs to take control of this team. It has gotten away from him. The buck stops on his desk. He needs to get the staff on the same page and get the players to play for their teammates and LSU. He needs to do this effective immediately. The schedule is tough in October and tougher in November. Getting Bowl eligible is the goal now.

The Florida Gators are 3-1 including 3-0 in SEC play. They have their own issues on and off the field. There is a reason the stumbling Tigers are not a huge underdog going into The Swamp.

As far as the game goes Saturday, I see a huge offensive line and three very good running backs for the Gators who will have a big day in a physical, conservatively played game. LSU is in such disarray that I do not think that they can rebound fast enough to win in Gainesville.

My prediction: Florida 24, LSU 14.

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Tommy Krysan

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Tommy Krysan has over 30 years of experience as a sportscaster in radio and television. He has been a columnist for Crescent City Sports since its inception. In 2019, he launched his “Talkin Sports with TK” podcast, available on all major platforms. Tommy loves baseball and all sports. He loves to cook, listen to music, play golf and have fun….

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