Although LSU cannot win the Southeastern Conference championship, victories in its next two games will result in a regular season that exceeded expectations by a wide margin.
The Tigers need to beat Rice this Saturday and Texas A&M in College Station the following week for their first ten-win regular season since 2012. That probably also would put LSU in a New Year’s Six Bowl.
So while coach Ed Orgeron hoped the Tigers could contend for a championship, he doesn’t want to downplay the improvement he’s seen in the program, which was ranked 25th in the preseason poll and climbed as high as fourth before sliding back on the heels of a loss to No. 1 Alabama.