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