Gov. John Bel Edwards' monthly call-in radio show often has the governor shifting from serious topics to lighter issues. On Wednesday, one Baton Rouge caller only had football on mind when he got through to Edwards, and the governor was game for playing football analyst for a while.
The caller asked Edwards, who has degrees from West Point and LSU, what he thinks Army's chances are against Navy this year (JBE says he's confident Army will beat Navy, again) and what kind of season he thinks LSU's Tigers are heading into.
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"I know we have a coach who is excited. He's exciting. I think he's going to inspire the players to play well," Edwards said of LSU coach Ed Orgeron, who is entering his first full season leading the Tigers and has appeared alongside Edwards in recent public service announcements.
Edwards continued, reciting the team's away game schedule.
"It's going to be difficult because of the road schedule," Edwards said. "I look for us to be competitive and have a great season."
"When LSU has played well ... it's been in years when they weren't supposed to do it," he added.
The Tigers lost three first round draft picks from last season's team and must replace seven starters on defense. They were picked last week by SEC reporters to finish third in their own division, the SEC West. In addition to being under a first-year coach, the offense is learning a brand new scheme.