No. 15 Texas A&M hopes to finish off a second straight nine-win season when it travels to face off against LSU in Death Valley on Saturday night. In its last SEC game, the Aggies lost 29-19 against No. 15 Ole Miss as the Rebels picked off quarterback Zach Calzada twice and posted more than 500 yards of offense on the Texas A&M defense.
LSU has lost three consecutive SEC games and only beat ULM 27-14 in what was supposed to be a cupcake outing. However, five of the Tigers’ six losses were to teams ranked at the time of the game. Quarterback Max Johnson threw for 319 yards and two touchdowns in the win over ULM, but the Tigers averaged just 2.4 yards per carry on the ground.
Texas A&M has beaten LSU just twice in its nine matchups against the Tigers since joining the SEC, but both came since Jimbo Fisher took over the program in 2018. The Aggies have not beaten LSU in Baton Rouge since 1994 when Texas A&M was in the Southwest Conference. The last time these two teams played at LSU, Joe Burrow threw for three touchdowns and 352 yards in a 50-7 decimation en route to the 2019 national title.
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Coach O’s finale: The man who led that 2019 Tigers team to the national title, Ed Orgeron, coaches his final game at LSU against Texas A&M after the university announced that Orgeron would not return after six seasons with the program. Orgeron heads into his final game with a 50-20 record as head coach, including the 15-0 national title season in 2019. However, LSU has fallen to 10-11 in the past two seasons. If Texas A&M wins, LSU will finish below .500 for the first time since 1999. Whichever coach takes over has a long path back to consistent national contention.
Inconsistent year: Texas A&M came into 2021 ranked No. 6…