LSU coach Ed Orgeron walked into his first SEC Media Days as the Tigers head coach on Monday with a smile.

He talked up his football team as best he could but the inevitable Alabama question didn’t take long to surface. And when asked about the Tigers’ inability to defeat Alabama in recent years, Orgeron was very blunt.

“Obviously, there’s a lot of people on our schedule that are very, very good football teams so we can’t just point to Alabama, but they are the benchmark,” Orgeron said. “I understand that the head coach at LSU must beat Alabama.”