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