LSU coach Ed Orgeron knows what this week is like for Tennessee interim head coach Brady Hoke.
Orgeron was named interim head coach at USC in 2013 and the Trojans beat Arizona 38-31 in Orgeron's first game. LSU named Orgeron interim coach during last season and the Tigers beat Missouri 42-7 in Orgeron's first game.
Now Orgeron is on the other side as Hoke makes his interim debut when Tennessee hosts No. 20 LSU on Saturday in Neyland Stadium.
The Volunteers fired Butch Jones last Sunday, one day after a 50-17 loss at Missouri dropped the team to 4-6 and 0-6 in the SEC. The Tigers, who named Orgeron full-time head coach after the team went 5-2 under him last season, are 7-3 and 4-2 this season.
Hoke, who previously was head coach at San Diego State, Ball State and Michigan, said he has a narrow focus for this week's game and the regular-season finale at home against Vanderbilt next week.
"These last two games are only about one thing, and that's the seniors on this football team," Hoke said. "As a staff, we are going to coach our hearts out for the seniors. They've had a tough year, but they do deserve that recognition in these next two football games.
"I'm going to be who I am. We will tweak some things because of the comfort level that I have. There will be a couple different things with how we approach each day, but I've got to be who I am. If I'm not, that would be a fraud."
"We have to understand that it would be great to take our seniors to a bowl game for their last year," Hoke said.
Defensive tackle Kendal Vickers knows what to expect from Hoke, having had him for a position coach since the spring.
"He brings a lot of energy to the table," Vickers told Knoxnews.com. "He's going to push you. He'll let you know when you're doing good. He'll let you know when you're messing up.
"That's a great quality he has. He's a great motivator. He's a great person, and I know he's going to get everybody's 100 percent game when the time comes."
Tennessee has only two games to salvage something from this season, whereas LSU had seven and ultimately a bowl game after Orgeron took over.
"Everything is new, you don't know how much the interim coach is going to change how we do things," LSU center William Clapp told NOLA.com 5/8The Times-Picayune. "LSU had done the same stuff for 12 years (under Miles). It all changed just like that.
"We all thought it was a good change, but you've got to kind of feel your way out, see what the new expectations are and how the interim likes to practice."
LSU has a chance to finish this season with a much better record than seemed likely at the end of September.
Some critics were questioning whether LSU made a mistake when it named Orgeron full-time head coach. The Tigers were routed by Mississippi State 37-7 in their SEC opener and were embarrassed by a 24-21 loss to Troy in Tiger Stadium to drop to 3-2.
"I'm going to get after it, have a great mindset and lock in on to Tennessee to finish a great season -- not a great season, a good season -- one game at a time," Orgeron said. "These kids deserve a finish to a real good season. And we're going to work hard on that."
Though LSU has had a much better season than Tennessee, no one will know how the Volunteers will react to the coaching change until Saturday night.
"We're playing a team that hasn't won an SEC game," Tigers receiver DJ Chark told NOLA.com 5/8The Times-Picayune. "You don't want to be that team they win against."
VDB Free Betting Prediction: LSU 27, Tennessee 17
LSU Tigers vs Tennessee Volunteers VDB Sport Betting Odds and Matchup Report
LSU Tigers vs Tennessee Volunteers VDB Betting Odds
|LSU Tigers||-16 (-115)||-750||45 (-105)o|
|Tennessee Volunteers||+16 (-105)||+475||45 (-115)u|
|Name||Record||Home||Away||ATS||ATS Home||ATS Away||Offense||Defense||Diff|
|Name||Record||Home||Away||ATS||ATS Home||ATS Away||Offense||Defense||Diff|
Betting Odds Trends
|Louisiana State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games|
|Louisiana State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Louisiana State's last 6 games|
|Louisiana State is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road|
|Louisiana State is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Louisiana State's last 5 games on the road|
|Louisiana State is 1-2-2 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Tennessee|
|Louisiana State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Tennessee|
|Tennessee is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games|
|Tennessee is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games|
|Tennessee is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home|
|Tennessee is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games at home|
|Tennessee is 2-3-3 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Louisiana State|
|Tennessee is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Louisiana State|
|Clyde Edwards-Helaire||RB||Ques Sat - Undisclosed - 11/16/17||Edwards-Helaire is nursing an unspecified injury and it is undetermined if he will suit up against Tennessee on Saturday.|
|Deondre Clark||DE||Ques Sat - Undisclosed - 11/16/17||Clark is hampered by an undefined injury and it is undetermined if he will perform against Tennessee on Saturday.|
|Donnie Alexander||LB||Ques Sat - Upper Body - 11/15/17||Alexander has an upper-body injury, leaving his availability against Tennessee on Saturday in question.|
|Arden Key||LB||Ques Sat - Knee - 11/13/17||Key has a knee injury and it is uncertain if he will suit up against Tennessee on Saturday.|
|K.J. Malone||T||Ques Sat - Knee - 11/13/17||Malone has missed the last four games due to a knee injury and his availability for Saturday's contest against Tennessee is unknown.|
|Xavier Lewis||CB||Out indefinitely - Undisclosed - 11/11/17||Lewis has been sidelined for undisclosed reasons and it is unclear when he will make a return to the lineup.|
|Ed Paris||S||out for season - Knee - 9/26/17||Paris is sidelined with a knee injury and is likely to miss the remainder of the season.|
|Caleb Roddy||TE||Out indefinitely - Eligibility - 10/25/17||Roddy has been sidelined for eligibility reasons or a suspension and it is unclear when he might return to action.|
|Donavaughn Campbell||OL||Out indefinitely - Foot - 10/22/17||Campbell has been sidelined with a foot injury and there is currently no timetable for a return.|
|Kristian Fulton||DB||Out indefinitely - Undisclosed - 10/22/17||Fulton has been sidelined for unknown reasons and it is unknown when he will be ready to return to action.|
|Sci Martin||LB||Out indefinitely - Undisclosed - 10/22/17||Martin has been sidelined by an undisclosed issue and there is currently no timetable for his return.|
|Tyler Shelvin||NT||out for season - Eligibility - 8/20/17||Shelvin has been deemed ineligible to play by the NCAA for the entire 2017 season.|
|Brent Cimaglia||PK||Ques Sat - Undisclosed - 11/13/17||Cimaglia is dealing with an unspecified injury and it is unclear if he will play Saturday against LSU.|
|Drew Richmond||OL||Ques Sat - Undisclosed - 11/13/17||Richmond is nursing an undefined injury and it is unknown if he will suit up against LSU on Saturday.|
|Jarrett Guarantano||QB||Ques Sat - Ankle - 11/13/17||Guarantano missed the last game with an ankle injury and it is unclear if he will be available Saturday against LSU.|
|Marquez Callaway||WR||Ques Sat - Ankle - 11/13/17||Callaway missed the last game nursing an ankle injury and it is unknown if he will play Saturday against LSU.|
|Brett Kendrick||OL||Ques Sat - Concussion - 11/13/17||Kendrick missed the last two games working through concussion protocol and it is unclear if he will play Saturday against LSU.|
|Marcus Tatum||OL||Ques Sat - Undisclosed - 11/13/17||Tatum missed the last two games for undisclosed reasons and his availability Saturday against LSU is clouded.|
|Baylen Buchanan||DB||Ques Sat - Undisclosed - 11/13/17||Buchanan has missed the last three games for undisclosed reasons and it is unclear if he will be available for the game on Saturday against LSU.|
|Evan Berry||DB||out for season - Upper Body - 11/6/17||Berry aggravated a previous upper-body injury and is likely to be out of action for the remainder of the season.|
|Josh Smith||WR||out for season - Ankle - 11/6/17||Smith will not be available for the remainder of the season due to an ankle injury.|
|Quinten Dormady||QB||out for season - Shoulder - 10/28/17||Dormady will miss the rest of the season due to a shoulder injury.|
|Cortez McDowell||LB||Out indefinitely - Wrist - 9/21/17||Mcdowell had surgery to repair a wrist injury and it is unknown as to how long he will be sidelined.|
|Todd Kelly Jr.||DB||Out indefinitely - Knee - 9/16/17||Kelly Jr. will miss an unknown length of time due to a knee injury.|
|Darrin Kirkland Jr.||LB||out for season - Knee - 9/1/17||Kirkland Jr. suffered a torn meniscus and will miss the entire 2017 season as a result.|
|Jacquez Jones||WR||out for season - Knee - 8/15/17||Jones has been shut down for the entire 2017 season due to a knee injury.|
|Chance Hall||OL||out for season - Knee - 8/14/17||Hall had surgery to repair a season-ending knee injury.|
|10/15/11||LSU 38||TENN 7||16.5/45||L/P||-121||-126||5|
|10/2/10||TENN 14||LSU 16||-16.5/43.5||L/U||-217||-123||-94|
|12/1/07||TENN 14||LSU 21||-7/58.5||P/U||-121||-118||-3|
|11/4/06||LSU 28||TENN 24||3.5/44||L/O||-230||-169||-61|
|9/26/05||TENN 30||LSU 27||-6.5/45.5||L/O||64||-28||92|
|12/8/01||LSU 31||TENN 20||-7/54||L/U||97||-84||181|
|9/29/01||LSU 18||TENN 26||-8/44||P/P||63||110||-47|
|9/30/00||TENN 31||LSU 38||9/45.5||W/O||-55||-56||1|
|9/25/93||LSU 20||TENN 42||-25/-||L/-||0||0||0|
|10/3/92||TENN 20||LSU 0||7.5/52||L/U||0||0||0|
Louisiana State Last 10
|11/4/17||@ ALA||L 10-24||20.5/45||W/U||7||35||-28|
|10/21/17||@ MISS||W 40-24||-6.5/59||W/O||246||240||6|
|10/7/17||@ FLA||W 17-16||-1.5/42.5||L/U||39||22||17|
|9/16/17||@ MSST||L 7-37||-7.5/54.5||L/U||-195||-152||-43|
|9/2/17||@ BYU||W 27-0||-15/47||W/U||382||301||81|
Tennessee Last 10
|11/11/17||@ MIZZ||L 17-50||12/64||L/O||-374||-287||-87|
|10/28/17||@ UK||L 26-29||3.5/46||W/O||74||-86||160|
|10/21/17||@ ALA||L 7-45||36.5/51||L/O||-496||-208||-288|
|9/16/17||@ FLA||L 20-26||6.5/51||W/U||62||15||47|
|9/4/17||@ GT||W 42-41||-4/54||L/O||-286||-387||101|