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LSU head coach Ed Orgeron coaches in the first half against Notre Dame, Monday, January 1, 2018, in the Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

Way back when, in the days after Troy State knocked off the vaunted LSU Tigers at homecoming, the hopes for a 9-3 regular season were pretty low. So now, even with a heartbreaking loss in the Citrus Bowl to Notre Dame, we're trying to keep the focus on what a once-embattled team and coaches managed to achieve in the 2017 season.

The season was, after all, a heck of a comeback. The win against Auburn is one for the record books, part of a string that led to the big bowl appearance — except, unfortunately, that one loss that every fan in his heart probably expected, against our old coach now in Tuscaloosa.

We are fans and shared the hopes for a 10-4 finish. But amid the second-guessing that is an indelible part of big-time sports, we think it's worth a note to say that LSU's Tigers made a great recovery and deserve congratulations for it.