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LSU expectations, predictions at Mississippi State | Tiger Pride Podcast

LSU looked good in another rout of a lesser opponent in Week 2, but still showed areas in need of fixing as SEC play opens.

Jerit Roser and Mark Clements discuss quarterback Danny Etling’s play so far, the issues that could cost the Tigers in conference play and the best-dressed players from the team’s first walk down Victory Hill among other topics.

The dynamic duo also breaks down what to expect from this weekend’s trip to Mississippi State and makes predictions on how Etling and company fare against the Bulldogs on Saturday.

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LSU needs quick maturation from underclassmen to answer questions | BootTalk

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LSU enters 2017 at No. 12 in the preseason coaches’ poll (Jerit Roser, DatBoot.com).

LSU enters the fast-approaching 2017 football season with high hopes, as always, and a No. 12 ranking in the nation.

But the Tigers’ ability to reach lofty goals will hinge heavily on a thus-far unproven, albeit talented, group of underclassmen stepping into larger roles.

Jerit Roser and Mark Clements discuss key story lines to watch in the podcast below — from expectations for the offense under new coordinator Matt Canada, the potential of the offensive line, which young players they feel are most ready to excel and where the biggest question marks remain.

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Hashing through LSU’s coaching announcements, subsequent recruiting news

Ed Orgeron will be LSU’s football coaching moving forward, Athletic Director Joe Alleva announced Saturday after a week-long whirlwind of rumors linked Jimbo Fisher and Tom Herman to the position.

And within just four days, the subsequent news and developments have given fans little opportunity to catch their breath.

Most notably and anticipated, defensive coordinator Dave Aranda will remain on board — with a pay raise and extension at that — while the Tigers have parted ways with special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto.

A pair of prospects with longstanding relationships with Orgeron took steps away from LSU.

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LSU vs. Florida brings wealth of storylines, animosity, significance

Could Saturday’s matchup with Florida have been any more heavily anticipated a month ago, considering the Gators may have been considered the least threatening opponent remaining on LSU’s schedule at the time?

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LSU running backs Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice chat during pregame warmups for the Tigers’ eventual rout of Southern Miss. (Jerit Roser)

The rivalry always bears its share of intensity and talk — whether in the lead-up to games or the offseason. But the public squabbles over the eventual postponement of a contest originally scheduled for Oct. 8, controversial photographs with a cat skeleton and a recently unleashed blunt swagger from the Tigers’ players have heaped gallons of fuel upon that fire.

All for a game that has plenty of storylines, regardless of all that talk.

Saturday will mark the final game in Tiger Stadium for seniors such as Kendell Beckwith, Tre’Davious White and Lewis Neal, as well as likely some juniors such as Leonard Fournette, Jamal Adams and Davon Godchaux — although Fournette drew headlines this week he might consider otherwise.

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LSU’s Arkansas trip could prove more telling than Alabama game | Podcast

Hundreds of thousands of eyes in Baton Rouge alone fixated on Tiger Stadium this past weekend as LSU hosted Alabama.

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LSU and interim coach Ed Orgeron head to Arkansas this weekend. (Jerit Roser)

Reports that interim coach Ed Orgeron could earn a more-permanent opportunity added to the more typical storylines of the always highly anticipated annual slug fest.

And despite a masterful defensive performance, the No. 13 Tigers (5-3) fell to the No. 1 Crimson Tide (9-0) for the sixth straight time behind a stagant offensive evening more reminiscent of the criticisms of now-former coach Les Miles than of Orgeron’s first three games at the helm.

“Eaux” and co.’s ability to break a different trend this week in Arkansas could ultimately prove more telling to the big picture of LSU’s 2016 season — and their current leader’s prospects for maintaining his position — than the 10-0 loss (they hope is) already in their rearview mirror.

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