Lunch with Coach O: LSU vs Alabama Preview

Lunch with Coach O: LSU vs Alabama Preview
LSU Head Coach Ed Orgeron (Source: Josh Auzenne/WAFB-TV)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - LSU head coach Ed Orgeron met with sports journalists Monday afternoon to preview LSU vs. Alabama.

The No. 1 Tigers (8-0, 4-0 SEC) will travel to Tuscaloosa to take on the No. 2 Crimson Tide (8-0, 5-0 SEC) in Bryant-Denny Stadium at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. College Gameday has announced it will be broadcasting live from Tuscaloosa for the big matchup. This will be the first regular-season No. 1 vs. No. 2 since these same teams met in 2011. The game can be seen on CBS.

Multiple reports surfaced Monday morning that linebacker Michael Divinity Jr. is no longer on the team. Orgeron confirmed Divinity has left the team for personal reasons. Divinity posted a message on Instagram about leaving the team.

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Orgeron said he expects quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to play. Tagovailoa had surgery a couple of weeks ago to help a sprained ankle heal faster. He also talked about the play of LSU’s defensive linemen. Tyler Shelvin has made a difference, according to Orgeron. He added Rashard Lawrence and Glen Logan have played well. He thinks his Tigers will be ready in the trenches.

Orgeron said Joe Burrow will be ready. He also said he expects Grant Delpit to be ready. Delpit has been dealing with an injury that could limit him in practice this week but he expects the All-American to be full-go Saturday. Orgeron said he thinks the tackles his defense makes in the open field will make a difference. He also said it will come down to blocking and tackling. With Alabama’s receiving corps, making tackles will be crucial to prevent a three or four-yard gain turning into a 10 or 15-yard gain.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban also held his media availability Monday. The former LSU coach answered questions around noon.

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