October 23 will mark the Rebels’ seventh game of the 2021 season. First of all, let’s address the main story. There is trouble in Baton Rouge. Don’t let anybody tell you any different. The Bayou Bengals went from a National Championship team in 2019 to a very mediocre 5-5 team in 2020. A self-imposed bowl ban certainly proved to the college football world that LSU is a paradise lost.
Former LSU Quarterback Joe Burrow was a driving force for the Bengals in 2019 and college football pundits blame LSU’s lack of success in 2020 on Burrow’s absence. That may be partially true but the Championship season in 2019 wasn’t all about Burrow. Other great athletes left that hindered Orgeron’s 2020 season.
Fast forward to 2021. There are obvious problems between Orgeron, his staff, and his players. Look at the off-field issues the Tigers are having and one has to believe Orgeron has possibly lost control in Baton Rouge. Ole Miss football fans are well aware of what off-field issues can do to a program. The same thing will happen in Red Stick with the LSU football program and the former Ole Miss head coach. Distractions cause problems on and off the field.
The 2021 matchup against LSU will be in Oxford. There will be no repeat of what happened in Death Valley in 2020. The offense Ole Miss has will far and away be too much for LSU and their defense to handle. The Rebels’ defense will have to be far better in 2021 and should be. This one could go down to the wire but should fall in the win column for the Rebels.