LSU head coach Ed Orgeron is gearing up for year two in Baton Rouge and will do so with some changes to his staff.

The second-year coach met with reporters at SEC Media Days on Monday as LSU was the last team to take the podium in Atlanta. The Tigers, who likely won't be ranked in the preseason, have lower expectations than expected for that program and a big part of that is the competition in the SEC West.

Orgeron was asked about facing the Crimson Tide, which has won six straight in the series against LSU, and the head coach feels his team has fought hard against Saban and Alabama.


"I think each game is different," Orgeron said. "You look at that first game, it was 0-0 going into the fourth quarter, and we were toe to toe with them. Their quarterback made some very good plays. You got to give him credit. They hung in there. We didn't finish the game.

"I think if you look at last year's game at Alabama, it was a physical contest. We felt that we could handle them physically and compete with them, and that was the first time I think our players felt that in a while. We missed some plays. We had DJ Chark open. We didn't hit him. Their passing game gave us problems, and their quarterback made plays and we didn't. Give Coach Saban and his staff the credit. They won the football game.

"Almost is not good enough against Alabama. But we feel that a couple of plays here and there and continue to be physically, we're going to be right in there with them."

Listen to the full press conference from the College Football Hall of Fame on Monday by watching the video at the top of the page. Tide 102.9 will have complete coverage of SEC Media Days presented by Nu Floors to Go all week.

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