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LSU rout of Texas A&M continues late-season surge that sets table for strong 2018

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The heavy criticism that swirled around first-year coach Ed Orgeron and his LSU football team less than two months ago seem so much more distant.

The Tigers (9-3, 6-2) rolled past Texas A&M (7-5, 4-4) on Saturday, 45-21, to claim a sixth win in their past seven outings to not only salvage a bumpy September, but put together an impressive season overall.

And set the foundation nicely for the near-future in the process.

“After the Troy game (Sept. 30), I couldn’t think but about one second at a time, to be honest with you,” Orgeron said. “I could not look that far. I knew that we could get the team together, try to take it one day at a time, try to get the team right, fix the things that we could fix.

“After looking back at all the things that we went through, it’s a remarkable feat by a football team and our coaching staff.”

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LSU’s blueprint to upsetting Alabama | Tiger Pride Podcast

No. 19 LSU visits No. 1 Alabama this weekend as the biggest underdog the Tigers have been in more than two decades.

And coach Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide squad is favored for plenty of reason.

But Jerit Roser and Mark Clements found some potential sources of optimism for LSU fans as they continued to dissect the matchup and break down all of those dynamics in the podcast below.

Listen to this week’s Tiger Pride Podcast to dive into the challenge that awaits the Tigers, as well as a blueprint to upending Alabama.

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Ranking the top five LSU vs. Alabama matchups of ‘Saban era’ | Tiger Pride Podcast

LSU enters its annually anticipated matchup against Alabama fresh off arguably its best game of the season thus far in a 40-24 victory at Ole Miss.

The Tigers’ three straight SEC wins have provided some renewed optimism — even as notable underdogs in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

And Jerit Roser and Mark Clements took the bye-week opportunity to rank the top five matchups between the rivals since former LSU coach Nick Saban took over the Crimson Tide in 2007.

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Revisiting LSU’s season outlook after its Dome domination of BYU | Tiger Pride Podcast

LSU’s 27-0 rout of BYU in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this past weekend was enough to force Jerit Roser and Mark Clements to revisit at least a couple of their preseason predictions.

The Tigers’ defense looked stellar, and Danny Etling and the new-look Matt Canada offense provided plenty of foundation for optimism — even despite some early issues.

Check out the podcast below as Jerit and Mark break down the opener, including Players of the Week on both sides of the ball, and look forward to what this first look may mean for the season ahead.

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LSU’s “Air Canada” offense shows some signs, still waiting to fully take off

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Offensive coordinator Matt Canada, right, talks with other members of LSU’s staff prior to the Tigers’ season opener against BYU. (Jerit Roser, DatBoot.com)

Saturday’s highly anticipated debut of LSU’s new-look offense came and went with 17 pass attempts, 173 passing yards and 27 points against BYU.

The once-again ground-dominant attack’s statistics, which missed the Tigers’ 2016 scoring average, fell shy of at least some vocal fans’ lofty expectations for “Air Canada.”

But the unit actually showed notable change under new coordinator Matt Canada that could ultimately validate offseason-long confidence and some early ooo’s and ah’s — if it can clean up some mistakes and continue to progress, as promised in the wake of the 27-0 victory.

“(Canada) was fantastic,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. “He was on fire tonight. But that’s what I’ve seen is just what happened. You saw what our defense looked like tonight, and there are some days that we can not stop him. And I know he has some more things that he wants to get better at, obviously, but I thought he did a great job of managing the whole offensive staff.

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