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LSU vs. Alabama: How optimistic can Tigers fans be vs. the No. 1 Tide? | Podcast

A month and a few days ago, LSU looked destined for a sixth straight loss to rival Alabama.

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Defensive backs Tre’Davious White and Jamal Adams hold up four fingers on each hand to signify the fourth quarter against Southern Miss. (Jerit Roser)

The Tigers had just fired longtime coach Les Miles on the heels of a wild, heartbreaking loss at a seemingly mediocre Auburn to fall to 2-2 on the year, and the Crimson Tide were No. 1 in the nation and rolling.

But interim coach Ed Orgeron and company have outscored their three opponents since then by a combined 125-38 margin, including a 38-21 defeat two weeks ago of a once highly regarded Ole Miss squad.

In the process, LSU (5-2) has not only re-entered the national polls, but climbed all the way to No. 13 in the College Football Playoff rankings.

Alabama (8-0) still tops every list.

But Tigers fans have a world more reason to be optimistic about their team can potentially finally end its recent drought in the rivalry.

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Ole Miss provides LSU, Ed Orgeron a much-needed measuring stick | Podcast

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LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron encourages the Tigers’ defensive linemen prior to their 45-10 victory against Southern Miss. (Jerit Roser)

LSU, particularly offensively, has looked revitalized under interim coach Ed Orgeron, to say the least.

But the Missouri and Southern Miss squads on which the Tigers have hung a combined 87 points are a far cry from the five opponents that await during the next six weeks.

And No. 23 Ole Miss (3-3) figures to provide No. 25 LSU its biggest measuring stick thus far this season — a couple weeks later than anticipated because of the postponement of the Florida matchup until Nov. 19.

Jerit Roser and Mark Clements discuss some keys and expectations for this week’s game in the podcast below, as well as a peek ahead to the brutal November stretch of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and Texas A&M in consecutive weeks and some takeaways from highly regarded prospect Dylan Moses’ visit to Baton Rouge this past week.

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LSU returns to field vs. Southern Miss still largely a mystery | Podcast

The controversial postponement of LSU’s matchup with Florida — initially scheduled for Oct. 8 — has left the team largely a mystery nearly midway through the season.

The Tigers’ early-season ups and downs ultimately sealed the fate of coach Les Miles and his tenure and put all eyes on interim coach Ed Orgeron.

Under “Eaux,” the team looked as good against Missouri as it had in maybe more than a year. But about 20 days into his tenure, that’s still the only performance on which to at all judge the post-shakeup squad — and (spoiler alert) Missouri isn’t exactly Ole Miss, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas A&M or, for that matter, Florida.

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BeBe’s Kids? LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron’s live audition begins vs. Mizzou | Podcast

A head football coach other than Les Miles will lead LSU into action Saturday for the first time in more than a decade.

The 12th-year head of the program — and, in many ways, face of the university — was fired earlier this week on the heels of a disappointing and downright odd and wild 18-13 loss at unranked Auburn.

Defensive line coach and fan- and player-favorite Ed Orgeron takes the reins on an interim basis as yet another set of Tigers, Missouri’s, arrive to Baton Rouge for homecoming.

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LSU, Danny Etling face more challenging, indicative litmus test at Auburn | Podcast

LSU could still continue its rebound and enter November’s showdown with Alabama on a long winning streak and looking much different that the squad that lost its season opener.

But the Tigers could just as likely stumble again. And again. And again. To a four- or five-loss season.

Saturday at Auburn will be the best indicator yet as to which direction coach Les Miles and company will go.

The performance of new quarterback Danny Etling, who earned his first start this past Saturday against Mississippi State, has been encouraging.

But, if history is any indication, the odds his and his team’s success continues on the road this weekend aren’t exactly through the roof.

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