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LSU anxious for ‘A’ game with Central Michigan up, SEC on deck

LSU is running out of time to get ready for SEC play.

The Tigers entered the season ranked No. 16 and plummeted out of the rankings after a 38-27 loss at UCLA in the season opener.

LSU bounced back with a less-than-spectacular 34-7 home victory against FCS opponent McNeese State and conclude their pre-SEC schedule when they host Central Michigan on Saturday night. It’s a final opportunity to work out the rough spots before a relentless SEC slate hits full force.

Head coach Ed Orgeron said the defense did “an outstanding job” against McNeese, but added that “the offense is not performing like we want to perform right now.”

“That’s obvious,” Orgeron said. “I do believe the offensive line has to gel. We have to help them out. I’ve got to do a better job coaching.”

Three starting offensive linemen missed the game against McNeese because of injuries. Orgeron said he expects guard Chasen Hines to return Saturday but he’s unsure about tackle Austin Deculus and tackle Cameron Wire is out.

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