Ed Orgeron: LSU\'s Season Not \'over\' Just Because Tigers Lost To Alabama

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Ed Orgeron: LSU's season not 'over' just because Tigers lost to Alabama

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LSU running back Darrel Williams, center, is tackled during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Alabama, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
LSU running back Darrel Williams, center, is tackled during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Alabama, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Though he admitted LSU's 24-10 loss to Alabama "took a lot out of us," head coach Ed Orgeron on Wednesday rejected the notion that the Tigers' season is "over."

No. 24 LSU (6-3, 3-2 SEC) hosts Arkansas (4-5, 1-4) on Saturday. Speaking on the SEC coaches teleconference, Orgeron said he's expecting his team to move on quickly.

"Although Alabama is a very big game, we didn't make it the only game," Orgeron said. "When you make it too big or put too high expectations that you can't reach, there's a letdown. I think the feeling here in the past has been (after) not beating Alabama, the season has been over. That's not necessarily so. We've got a lot of good football left.

"We've got to forget about it -- good, bad or indifferent. And I think we've done that this week."

LSU actually outgained Alabama in total yards, 306 to 299. Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams combined for 154 yards on 26 carries (including a 54-yard run by Williams), posting far more production against the Crimson Tide than the Leonard Fournette-led Tigers running game had the last two seasons.

The Tigers' also took a toll on Alabama physically, knocking linebackers Shaun Dion Hamilton and Mack Wilson out for the year with injuries. Orgeron said he believes his team matched up well at the line of scrimmage with the Crimson Tide, which few teams are able to do.

"We learned that the physicality of our team is not far from Alabama," Orgeron said. "And in some instances we matched them toe-to-toe. We just didn't make the plays that we were supposed to make. They did a better job of throwing the football on us than we expected. We stopped the run very well. They beat us on some routes that we should have done a better job of covering.

"Alabama is our rivalry game and it took a lot out of us. But I think the guys have bounced back this week."

Orgeron added that he's not prepared to make a change at quarterback despite inconsistency from starter Danny Etling. The fifth-year senior completed 12 of 26 passes for 131 yards and an interception against Alabama.

Freshman Myles Brennan played late in the game and went 3-for-5 for 18 yards passing. Nevertheless, Orgeron said Etling will start against Arkansas.

"Myles has not beaten him out," Orgeron said. "Danny is our quarterback. It's all about competition. ... Danny has done a lot of good things in our program, we believe in him. If Myles beats him out, that will be a different story. But that hasn't happened."

Kickoff for LSU-Arkansas is set for 11 a.m. Saturday on ESPN.

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