ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum has revealed his national coach of the year pick through nine weeks of the 2019 regular season. It's a pick that's hard to argue with.
LSU head coach Ed Orgeron has led the Tigers to an undefeated record and a No. 1 overall ranking in the Associated Press top 25.
Finebaum believes Coach O is clearly the national coach of the year heading into Week 10.
“Anyone who says they saw this coming is not being truthful," Finebaum said. "As of this moment, and again we all know what date it is, Ed Orgeron is the national coach of the year. He’s been spectacular in so many different ways. And he’s done it because of some chess moves that he’s made. The move that nobody is talking about is his ability to work with Steve Ensminger in bringing in Joe Brady. Steve Ensminger is still there, still influential in that meeting room. Instead of pouting like a lot of us would have done, he embraced the move by Coach O to bring in Joe Brady. He’s mentored him. He’s nurtured him based on everything I was able to glean … This guy has surprised us all. It’s the feel-good story of 2019.”
LSU topped Auburn at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, improving to 8-0 on the season. It was yet another big-game win for Orgeron.
The real big game comes in two weeks, of course.
No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama are set to meet in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Saturday, Nov. 9.
If Coach O can win that game, he'll truly lock up all of the national coach of the year awards.