Twitter Mailbag is a post running each week answering readers’ qustions about the LSU football team. Readers submit their questions, and the best are posted here with answers. Follow us on Twitter at @RossDellenger to submit a question.
@RossDellenger special guest picker for game day?— Juice Thunder (@lsuboi91) November 1, 2016
I have no idea.
@RossDellenger if Coach O wins out the season, is there a chance that Joe A offers him the position, and would he be interested in coaching?— ken jone (@JFaucheaux09) November 1, 2016
Uh, yeah on both counts.
Joe Alleva called this an "audition" for Orgeron for the full-time job. We firmly believe that Orgeron is the favorite or toward the top of the list of favorites right now. It's one of those things - he has to lose the job, it feels like.
Orgeron would take it in a heartbeat. He's made it very clear how much he wants this job. It's a dream for him, the head coach at the flagship program in his homestate.
@RossDellenger what do you think Dave Aranda's focus will be in stopping Lane Kiffin's offense? Should be a good matchup— Drew Hymel (@EdNumber3) November 1, 2016
We wrote a bit about Alabama's offense here. It's not your traditional Bama offense. The Tide has really gone full spread, using QB Jalen Hurts in an offense that reminds Orgeron of the Wildcat scheme Arkansas used to employ under Houston Nutt.
So, first, you've got to stop the QB runs in such a scheme. Hurts leads Bama in rushing attempts, and he's averaging 5.5 yards a carry. The Tide's downfield passing game is a work-in-progress. The Tigers must stuff the run.
@RossDellenger Could this season get any stranger?— Mike Huntry (@mike_huntry) November 1, 2016
Yes. It can always get stranger.
@RossDellenger Trying to put finger on difference between Coach O and Miles. Allowing assistants to do their thing? Better motivator?— Richard C Miller (@RCLSUMiller) November 1, 2016
It's tough to say, with us not being in meetings and at practices with either coach, but your suggestions are on the right track. Orgeron seems to be pretty hands off with LSU's offense, allowing guys like O-line coach Jeff Grimes and OC Steve Ensminger to control their units.
Also, we really do believe that the tweaks in LSU's practice habits have paid off. Orgeron shortened practices while also speeding them up. Long practices - even on Fridays, the day before a game - was common place under Miles. Many around the program feel like players were worn down for the game, especially during the second halves.
LSU has outscored opponents 73-7 in the second half in three games under Orgeron.
@RossDellenger Most focus is on LSU offense against Bama D but what are your thoughts on LSU D matching up against Alabama offense?— Jack Jefferson (@JaxonLsufan99) November 1, 2016
The focus and key to the game is certainly LSU's offensive line against Alabama's defensive front: Can they open holes and protect QB Danny Etling? We wrote about that here.
LSU's defense seems to match up against Bama's offense much better than the aforementioned matchup. As we mentioned earlier in the Mailbag, Alabama has gone full spread with a true dual-threat QB in Jalen Hurts. The Tigers have seen this offense before - namely, Auburn.
@RossDellenger realistically do you think LSU will beat Alabama Saturday night? Why or why not?— LSU Updates (@LSUsportupdate) November 1, 2016
I think the Tigers can win, yes. The one troubling matchup is that LSU O-line against Bama's defensive front. That's been the Tigers' bugaboo during this five-game losing streak to Alabama.
- The Tigers win if... LSU blocks Alabama's defensive front enough to have Fournette average at least 4 yards a carry and Etling complete at least 60 percent of his passes with no more than 2 sacks.
- The Tigers lose if ... those things don't happen.
@RossDellenger Who are Alleva and the board looking at outside of O? Is Mora really being looked at?— LSU Coaching Search (@hibbardj) November 2, 2016
It's still so early in the season. While candidates are being vetted, things aren't serious enough, at this point, to start throwing out names via anonymous sources.
I'm sure that will come soon enough (or, maybe, Orgeron will win enough that LSU won't need a search at all).