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Tiger Tracklist: Tennessee

Maybe the Cumberland Gap just swallows you whole

NCAA Football: Chattanooga at Louisiana State Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
You wasn't blessed with ambition so who you gonna blame for that?

Once again, the hangover has been avoided. After an ugly first half, LSU did what they had to do in the second to put the game away and claim The Golden Boot once again.

But now there is an empty game on the schedule, a game with really nothing on the line for either side. LSU is out of the running for the SEC West and at this point all they control is the prestige of their bowl bid, and even that is negligible at this point. Tennessee needs two wins against LSU and Vanderbilt to reach bowl eligibility after firing their head coach. It’s going to be cold and rainy Saturday night.

Why should we care?

Put my mind on it then I put my grind on it.

For all intents and purposes, this week is a mini-bowl game. The entire focus should be for next year. Do what you have to do to put the game away, and then start working in the people who will be here next season. Guice is chasing down any records, and neither is Chark or Key. If they can get some things to add to their tapes for scouts to look at while the game is in the balance, great. But once it’s comfortably in LSU’s favor, then there needs to be a concerted effort to work in the players expected to carry the load next year. Yes, that includes Myles Brennan. It also includes Nick Brossette and Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Drake Davis and JaCoby Stevens, and the rest of the young secondary.

For them, this needs to be treated as a dress rehearsal and audition at the same time, because if and when the game gets to that point, that’s what it’s going to become. If Orgeron is serious about taking the program to the next level then he needs to not waste any time about it and start doing what his predecessor got fired for not doing well enough: developing talent.

LSU is a program that re-loads, not rebuilds. The reality is that LSU has to overhaul the program and enter a rebuild to get to that level. That’s what this entire year has been, from losing to Troy to erasing a 20-point deficit against Auburn. This weekend is a crucial step in the process.

And that is why you should care.

Lock and load, fire.