BATON ROUGE, La.—When it comes to college football, there is always drama.

But then there is LSU drama.

And let the record show that Ed Orgeron’s first season as the full-time head coach of the Tigers was filled with drama—both good and bad—with a capital “D.”

The record was 9-4 overall, 6-2 in the SEC. Only three other teams—Alabama (national champ), Georgia (SEC champ), and Auburn (which beat them both)—won six or more SEC games last season.

“We’re basically two plays away from being 11-2 which is a pretty good season around here,” said Orgeron. “Instead its 9-4 which is not what we expected.”

Which is why, when I visited Baton Rouge this Spring, it was hard to get a vibe on what to expect from LSU in 2018.

Last season there was plenty of bad:

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