LSU looks to avoid first losing season in 21 years

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LSU looks to avoid first losing season in 21 years
LSU (4-5) will host Ole Miss in Tiger Stadium on Dec. 19, 2020. (Source: LSU Athletics)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A win for LSU against Ole Miss on Saturday would avoid the first losing season for the Tigers in 21 years, and coming off the high of 2019, the guys on this year’s squad say it’s critical to end the year on a good note.

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A victory over the Rebels (4-4) would also mean back-to-back wins for the Tigers (4-5). Ole Miss hasn’t played a game since Thanksgiving weekend because of COVID-19 protocols. Rebel head coach Lane Kiffin said that’s not ideal but added the players should have fresh legs.

LSU, on the other hand, is trying to build on last week’s shocker in “The Swamp.” The Tigers, a 23-point underdog, pulled off the win on a 57-yard field goal from Cade York to top the Gators, 37-34. LSU has a top five recruiting class as well and looks to leave the frustrations of the 2020 season behind while transitioning into 2021.

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“Even though we didn’t have the best record, we were still coming in every week, working as hard as we could,” said center Liam Shanahan. “Not getting the results with wins on Saturday becomes pretty draining, so just want to get that sour taste out of our mouth and get a big win. So, really looking to boost morale, keep the ball rolling Saturday, build some momentum going into the offseason.”

“This season is something I wouldn’t trade for the world; everything happens for a reason,” explained linebacker Jabril Cox. “I think this is something I really needed. The win gave hope to a lot of people, shows that the future is bright here at LSU, and that what Coach O was saying about building a championship program is true.”

“I grew up watching LSU play, so it’s still surreal,” added linebacker Damone Clark. “I just thank God every day he gave me the ability to play football. My goal came true to play at LSU.”

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Ole Miss will be without top wideout Elijah Moore, who has opted out of the final game of the season and turned his attention towards the NFL draft.

LSU will be without running back Ty Davis-Price and guard Chasen Hines.

Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. on the SEC Network.

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