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LSU coach Ed Orgeron greets place-kicker Connor Culp (34) as he leaves the field after kicking a field goal in the first quarter in a game at Tennessee.


LSU is a better team than Tennessee. OK, you knew this before the Tigers and Volunteers even kicked off Saturday night. How about this: LSU was such the better team it was able to overcome its lack of offensive punch, defensive lapses and kicking woes to easily hold off the Volunteers 30-10. Tennessee carried the fight to LSU under interim coach Brady Hoke, but the Vols were winless in SEC play coming in for a reason.


Connor Culp. You don’t think about much place-kickers until a game-winning kick is needed or a bunch of misses rear their ugly head. For the second straight week, Culp missed multiple kicks after a string of successful games. The adverse weather conditions played a part, but Culp missed two field goals and an extra point after missing two PATs against Arkansas. Afterward, Ed Orgeron announced that Jack Gonsoulin will be LSU’s kicker against Texas A&M.


This wasn’t an LSU victory for the ages. It was just a win, win No. 8 for a Tigers team that began 2017 with shortcomings and deficiencies and is still haunted by some of them. That said, the wind, the rain and the road could have conspired to make LSU a shocking upset loser. That didn’t happen by a long shot, but there will be plenty to work on leading up to Texas A&M.

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