While rumors swirled about Tom Herman being in serious talks to be LSU's next coach, the Tigers took the field against Texas A&M and blew out the Aggies 54-39 to close the season on a high note.
The win sends Ed Orgeron off with a winning record as LSU's interim coach at 5-2 and makes a final argument for him being stripped of the interim title and returning next year.
Leading the way for the Tigers was running back Derrius Guice, who took over as the Tigers' workhorse back in Leonard Fournette's absence and broke Fournette's school record by one yard on Thanksgiving with 285 yards on 37 carries. He also scored a career-high four touchdowns.
The passing game was just as effective as the rushing attack for LSU as quarterback Danny Etling completed 20-of-28 passes for 324 yards and two touchdowns. As a whole, the Tigers racked up 624 yards of offense on the Texas A&M defense and covered the 48.5-point over by themselves.
While Orgeron made one final statement for why he should be named the full-time coach for 2017, Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin will have to answer questions about why he should stay on in College Station, Texas, after another late season collapse by the Aggies.
The loss brought Texas A&M to 3-9 in November SEC games since 2013 and drops it to 8-4 on the season after a 6-0 start. It's the fourth straight season that the Aggies have started the season 5-1 or better in their first six games only to fail to win more than eight games in the regular season.
Not only did the Aggies lose four of their final six games this season, the only two wins were a 52-10 victory over New Mexico State and a 23-10 win over UTSA. The four losses came to No. 1 Alabama (33-14), a now 4-7 Mississippi State team (35-28), Ole Miss starting a true freshman for the first time on the road (29-28), and an LSU team without Leonard Fournette and Arden Key (54-39).
This wasn't a schedule that you looked at and saw four losses -- it didn't even look like it had four close games on it -- even factoring in the injury to quarterback Trevor Knight.
On a Thanksgiving night when coaching rumors dominated the conversation, it's fitting that it ends with a hot seat heating up on one side and a tough decision to be made regarding an interim on the other.