Here is a brief look at the high points and low points for the 2018 LSU football team, along with a look ahead to 2019 season.
Ed Orgeron and LSU football could make a strong case for being the most underestimated team in America heading into the 2018 season.
With an opener looming in Arlington against a resurgent Miami (FL) and early season road trips to Auburn and Gainesville on the docket, the SEC media predicted Coach O’s Tigers to finish 5th in the SEC West.
The Tigers raced out of the gate and quickly quieted the preseason doubt once transfer QB Joe Burrow and a stout defense streaked to a 33-3 lead after three quarters against #8 Miami (FL) in a nationally televised Sunday night primetime game.
LSU spent the majority of the season in or around the Top 10, rising as high as #3 in the Week 10 College Football Playoff Rankings.
Three loss seasons are not often celebrated in Baton Rouge, but a 10-3 2018 campaign has to be viewed as a success.
LSU football locked in wins over Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi State, and snapped UCF’s winning streak in the Fiesta Bowl.
However, dropping two brutally close losses on the road at Florida (27-19 loss that was not decided until a pick-six late in the fourth) and at Texas A&M (74-72 OT loss that will go down as an instant classic and a lesson in when to properly administer a Gatorade bath).
All-in-all, LSU football reestablished its brand of toughness in 2018 and talk of Orgeron on the hot seat has evaporated heading into 2019.