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LSU Inspired to Complete Perfect Regular Season & Earn Payback vs. Texas A&M

Joe Burrow and Coach Orgeron, Photo Credit: Off The Bench

LSU’s motivation on Saturday when they host Texas A&M (7-4, 4-3) is two-fold: finish the regular season 12-0 and exact revenge from a heartbreaking loss in 2018.

LSU (11-0, 7-0) lost a 74-72 thriller in 7 OTs at Texas A&M in last season’s regular season finale. Needless to say, the Tigers are extremely fired up to make amends on their turf.

“No question,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. “There’s no question about that. It’s going to be on. No question. I’ll never forget that game last year. We’re going to be ready.”

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is pumped for the opportunity to cap off the regular season undefeated in his final game at Death Valley.

“Excited about Saturday,” Burrow said. “Chance to go 12-0.”

LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire says the loss to Texas A&M left a bad taste and the team will be locked in at practice to reverse the outcome this time around.

“Starting on Monday, it’s back to it because we owe those guys a lot from last year,” Edwards-Helaire said. “The pain and everything that we felt last year, to understand that pain, as a player, it doesn’t get any worse than that.”

Orgeron expects another competitive contest against Texas A&M but is confident LSU can prevail.

“There’s nothing we could do at the end of the game,” Orgeron said. “We felt helpless, but there’s something we could do about this week.”

Orgeron will scour the film to decipher how the LSU defense can shut down the Aggies.

“Obviously we did not defend them very well last year. They had those big receivers. I’ll just need to look at it on tape,” Orgeron said. “I feel we’re going to be a lot better this year. It’s going to be a good game.”

LSU clinched the SEC West after last week’s 56-20 victory vs. Arkansas. LSU will participate in the SEC title game for the first time since 2011. However, the Tigers aren’t content as they strive for the program’s first national title since 2007.

The next step in doing this is toppling Texas A&M and sending the seniors out the right way in Death Valley.

“There’s a mindset of this football team. We have a goal. Goal next week is to beat Texas A&M,” Orgeron said. “That’s going to be one of the times. We know where we want to go. We don’t talk about it. There will be time to celebrate.”

LSU will have to properly channel their energy and play fundamentally sound football to ride into the conference championship game unblemished.

“We’re going to be sky high, but we can’t be too high to where we’re committing a bunch of penalties and all that stuff,” Orgeron said. “It’s going to be an emotional game because of what happened last year, because of where we’re at, we’re 11-0, we want to finish the season undefeated.”