A lot can change in a month, and that includes the hearts and minds of the LSU faithful.
A gut-wrenching loss to Auburn that ushered long-time Tigers coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron out the door gave birth to the interim, a tag few coaches graduate from. The affable Cajun coach Ed Orgeron took on that tag, and has since reeled off three straight convincing wins.
The turnaround has led to renewed title hopes for the Tigers, and according to a recent, non-scientific poll run on theadvocate.com, the official title of head coach might not be too far off. The majority of voters say a win over Alabama is all Orgeron should need to shed his interim tag.
The poll, which began Oct. 27, marked a significant change from an identical poll run in late September. Both posed the same question: "What does Ed Orgeron have to do to be named LSU's full-time coach?"
While 28 percent of the voters in the September poll voted that beating Alabama was all Orgeron needed, 33 percent said he would have to make it to the SEC title game. In that same poll, a combined 28 percent said he would have to make the College Football Playoff or simply didn't have a chance at all.
In the latest poll, much has changed.
Now, 37 percent say an Alabama win is all Orgeron needs. And a surprising 29 percent think he's already earned the job. With that, well over half the voters in our poll think he could deserve the title as early as Sunday. A stark contrast to just 37 percent combined a month ago.
Key changes in polls (below)
- Voters saying Orgeron doesn't have a chance: down 9 percent
- Voters saying Orgeron has already earned job: up 20 percent
- Voters saying all Orgeron needs is a win over Alabama: up 9 percent
- Voters saying Orgeron needs SEC title game or CFP playoff berth: down 19 percent
- 66 percent of voters said Orgeron should be LSU's coach after a win this weekend
There are still many who aren't satisfied, though, with 20 percent of the October poll saying Orgeron will need to lead the Tigers to the SEC title game; 6 percent voted that he'll need to make the College Football Playoff.
Only 7 percent of the voters said he doesn't have a chance, down significantly from 16 percent a month ago.
The stories of “Bébé” are big, like the gravel-voiced Cajun himself.
With much football left, a win against Alabama is likely essential to the Tigers' hopes of competing for an SEC title or a spot in the College Football Playoff.
Even with a win over Alabama, the Tigers still need some help. Due to their loss against Auburn in Les Miles' final game, LSU would have to hope for an Auburn loss at some point, even if they were to win out, in order to appear in the SEC title game.
Auburn closes the season at Alabama on Nov. 26.