College football has its share of notable FBS coaches. One of those coaches is LSU's Ed Orgeron.
In Athlon Sports' Top 130 Coach Rankings, the Tigers' head coach is listed at No. 51, just behind South Carolina coach Will Muschamp (No. 50) and just ahead of Pat Narduzzi at Pitt (No. 52).
Here's why: LSU’s decision to replace Les Miles with Ed Orgeron on a full-time basis prior to the 2017 season was met with plenty of skepticism. However, two years into Orgeron’s tenure in Baton Rouge, it’s clear he’s a different coach than the one that went 10-25 at Ole Miss from 2005-07. LSU went 9-4 and finished No. 18 overall in 2017 but offseason question marks meant low expectations for this team going into ’18. The Tigers exceeded most preseason predictions last fall, finishing 10-3 and 5-3 within the SEC. Orgeron’s team finished No. 6 nationally in the final Associated Press poll and beat UCF in the Fiesta Bowl. Of LSU’s three losses last fall, two came by eight points or less. In addition to his interim stint at USC in 2013 (6-2 overall), Orgeron is 41-36 overall as a head coach. Catching Alabama in the SEC West is still Orgeron’s top priority, and the hire of former Saints assistant Joe Brady to tweak the offense should help this team improve on that side of the ball.
Where do the other 129 coaches rank? Check out our entire Top 130 College Football Coach Rankings.