Oct 21, 2017; Oxford, MS, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron celebrates with his players after a game against the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium

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Deke: Tigers bowl game can set table for big 2018

LSU plays Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl on New Year's Day

Deke Bellavia
December 12, 2017 - 8:04 pm
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The Bowl season is about to begin, and the LSU Tigers have a great opportunity to finish up the season in a big way and set the tone for what could be an even better 2018.  The 9-3 Tigers have already won more (6) SEC Games than they have in five years.  With a win over the Irish of Notre Dame on New Year’s Day LSU can win their 10th game for the first time since 2013. 

Facing the likes of the most known football program in the world only makes the game that much sweeter.  LSU and Notre Dame have a solid history together as the two have met 11 times before with the Irish owning a 6-5 edge in the series, including a win in the most recent meeting back in 2014 when they beat LSU 31-28 in the Music City Bowl.

Sure, any win is a good thing, but winning the last game of the season carries a little more weight in my own humble opinion.  LSU winning 10 games this season would not only give the Tigers double digit wins in a season for the first time since 2013, it also helps LSU kick start the 2018 football season.

Currently, the Tigers have another solid class of recruits pledged to sign letters of intent with LSU.  By finishing 6-1 in their final seven regular season games, the majority of those recruits might very well sign during the first ever early college football signing days that take place from December 20 through the 23.

A win over Notre Dame would also give a the Tigers a better ranking, and it would give the national media all off-season long to hype up and promote what should be an season opening game among two of the nation’s top 12 teams in LSU and Miami. The Tigers and Hurricanes should both be viewed as pre-season top tier teams going into the 2018 college football season.  Beginning the season with a top 10 opponent, along with the rest of the  Tigers beefed up schedule, should be one of the top CFB storylines entering the '18 season.

Having a hot start to the 2018 season would go a long way for Coach Orgeron and the Tigers program.  The state of Louisiana will have five of the nation’s top 50 recruits, making Louisiana once again one of the most valuable states for recruiting.

Just think back to the last weekend of September when the Tigers dropped what was an embarrassing non-conference 21-24 loss to Troy.  Things looked bad as they have in years for the Tigers footall program, but Coach O and his staff rallied around each other and closed out the season going on a 6-1 run to end the regular season with a 9-3 record.

On the flip side a loss would dampen the strong finish the Tigers had to the 2017 season, and the optimism would be substantially lower.  Yes it’s just one game, but I think a lot is on the line moving forward for the LSU Tigers. 

 

 

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