BATON ROUGE, La. — They might’ve gotten to it in completely different ways, but the 2007 National Champion LSU Tigers and the 2017 LSU Tigers have one thing in common: They both had two losses.
Ed Orgeron is more than aware of this fact. That’s why he’s using the 2007 team reunion that will take place Saturday at Tiger Stadium as a way to inspire his team. If LSU won a championship with two losses a decade ago, there’s no reason to write this season off yet.
“They paved the way,” Orgeron said about the ’07 team on his weekly radio show Wednesday night. “Those guys had two losses and they had to be galvanized. They found a way.”
Finding a way is a recurring theme for this season’s Tigers. After disappointing early season losses versus Mississippi State and Troy, Orgeron’s Tigers clawed back to .500 in SEC play with a 17-16 win over Florida, stabilizing the season. The toughest has yet to come, however, as LSU hosts No. 10 Auburn on Saturday.
During halftime LSU will honor the 2007 championship team, welcoming back some of the most notable names from that roster. Included on the reunion list is former LSU coach Les Miles, who will be making his first return to Tiger Stadium since being fired after losing to Auburn in 2016.
Orgeron said he’ll be excited to see Miles back in Death Valley and hopes the fans will greet him kindly and graciously to honor his championship squad.
LSU and Auburn kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT in a game that will be broadcast nationally on CBS with Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson on the call. Stay posted to SEC Country throughout the week for more news and updates on the Tigers as they prepare for this pivotal SEC West showdown and continue their quest for a successful season.
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