LSU 2018 Season Review
The LSU 2018 season was a successful one as the Tigers defied the odds given in the pre-season and finished with an astounding nine wins. Ed Orgeron and staff have to be proud of the way the Tigers fought during the regular season to eclipse the nine-win mark once again. The Tigers were on track to have a successful season after the blowout opening win over Miami, and the stunning win against Auburn. Transfer quarterback Joe Burrow played a solid season and was a huge part of the offense’s success under new offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger. LSU had a shot at the SEC West, but the loss to Alabama ended those chances for the eighth straight season.
When Burrow decided to transfer to Baton Rouge, Tigers fans knew what they were getting. Though Burrow was not Heisman-worthy, he played well enough when it mattered and righted the ship on offense for the Tigers. He proved that he can be the leader for this team even through next season. Coming from Ohio State was the best decision he could have made, as he found a home and earned the starting role despite enrolling in the summer. The junior led the offense to come from behind wins that kept their season alive, and delivered in a few big games when it mattered. LSU fans should be thrilled to have a solid quarterback going into 2019 as well.
Brossette Shined In His Senior Season
Star running back Nick Brossette proved to Tigers fans that he was what they had been waiting for. Having to wait his turn behind Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice, the senior showed his worth and incorporated a talented rushing attack for the Tigers. The bowl game will be his last as an LSU Tiger, but his future is bright. He should be an NFL running back in some form with the great season that he had.
Cole Tracy Should Win Kicker of the Year
Senior kicker Cole Tracy may have only been at LSU for one season, but he won over the fans pretty quickly. Coming from small Assumption College, Tracy proved that he can help the Tigers win games. His game-winner against Auburn was the staple of his tremendous season, and the senior should be a candidate for kicker of the year.
The obvious choice for this award would be Burrow. The junior eclipsed the Tigers into a 9-3 finish and played solid as the game manager for the Tigers. His ability to throw passes into tight windows to win games was tremendous, and he led the team with pride and gave it his all. Brossette could also take this award for his contributions, but Burrow should take it this time.
Grant Delpit Played a Stellar Season
Delpit burst onto the scene last season as a Freshman. Tigers fans quickly knew what they would get out of him. The Sophomore followed his first season up with another great season in 2018. He was one of the top defensive players for the Tigers every single game. There is no denying that the sophomore safety is one of the best in the nation, and LSU fans get him for at least one more season if not two.
LSU Was Denied the 10th win
Everyone knows how the final regular season game ended. A 74-72 loss to Texas A&M in SEVEN overtimes. A game that LSU had many times, the officiating gave it away. The catch for Texas A&M that was clearly a fumble wasn’t called. That play would have given the Tigers the win. Instead, the terrible officiating crew didn’t call it. Maybe the SEC should review that and do something about it. Tigers fans everywhere are still furious that the bad calls in the game didn’t go in their favor. However, the Tigers still put together a successful season.
Defied the Odds
LSU’s 2018 season was astounding. They were projected to finish 6-6 or 7-5. A 9-3 finish in the regular season bests those preseason projections. The Tigers did a phenomenal job in winning the number of games they did. A solid bowl berth is headed their way. Even though an SEC Championship and a College Football Playoff berth were what the team really wanted. All the talk surrounding Orgeron and the hot seat calmed down early with the win over Miami to open the season. His job is steady for now, but next season can always be different.