SEC Schedule Ranking: #3 LSU Tigers

LSU Tigers - HeadThe LSU Tigers had some of the worst quarterback play in the league in 2014 and by far the worst since Les Miles took over before the 2005 season and they still won 9 ball games. Spring football didn’t help as neither Anthony Jennings nor Brandon Harris did anything to make coaches expect anything different in 2015. Productivity at the quarterback position is the single most important piece to the Tigers’ 2015 season & that’s saying something given the schedule they have to manage.

The Tigers open the season in Tiger Stadium against the McNeese State Cowboys who finished 6-5 in the Southland Conference last season from the FCS ranks. The following week, LSU hits the road to Starkville to take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs who hung on to beat LSU in Baton Rouge for the first time since 1991. It’s back to Baton Rouge the next week when LSU welcomes the Auburn Tigers to Death Valley. LSU closes out the month of September with a

Louisiana State CB Tre'Davious White
Louisiana State CB Tre’Davious White

rare non-conference road trip up to Syracuse, New York, and the Carrier Dome to take on the Syracuse Orange.

October is split half and half with non-conference games and conference games. The month begins with Eastern Michigan in Baton Rouge. The Eagles were only able to muster two wins in 2014. It’s back on the road the next week and also back in conference play when the Tigers make their tip to Columbia to face the South Carolina Gamecocks. LSU finishes out the month with a two game home stand against their cross divisional rival Florida and up-and-coming Conference USA program Western Kentucky. Last season, the Tigers hit a 50-yard field goal in the final minute to beat the Gators in The Swamp. Fortunately for every other team in America, LSU has Halloween as their bye week. I don’t think any team in the country wants to play LSU in Tiger Stadium on Halloween night; just ask Ole Miss.

November is the month of the season that will make or break the Tigers. It begins with a trip to Tuscaloosa for the annual Alabama/LSU game which has become one of the most anticipated games of the season in all of college football. Last season it was a 20-13 overtime thriller where Alabama hit a field goal in the final seconds to tie the game. The Crimson Tide scored on their first overtime possession and LSU answered with four incomplete passes. I’m sure those attempts have been dissected plenty of times in the film room this offseason. After the Alabama game, LSU comes home to welcome the Arkansas Razorbacks who defeated LSU 17-0 in Fayetteville last season. Next is the final road trip of the season in Oxford, Mississippi, where the Tigers will face off against the Ole Miss Rebels who LSU upset 10-7 last season. I’m sure the Rebels haven’t forgotten the sting of that loss. Then the final week of the season brings the Texas A&M Aggies to Tiger Stadium. It’s kind of strange for the LSU/Arkansas game to not be the Friday after Thanksgiving but two of the three conference games between LSU & Texas A&M have been thrillers so this end-of-the-season matchup is fine by me.

The LSU 2015 season isn’t one that you look at right off the cuff and scream to the heavens about how difficult it is. When you really begin to look further at the conference schedule, especially November, you really begin to understand just how arduous it really is. It will be even tougher if the Tiger quarterbacks complete only fifty percent of their passes again.

Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge, Louisiana

LSU 2015 Schedule

Sept 5th          v. McNeese State
Sept 12th        at Mississippi State
Sept 19th        v. Auburn
Sept 26th        at Syracuse
Oct 3rd           v. Eastern Michigan
Oct 10th         at South Carolina
Oct 17th          v. Florida
Oct 24th         v. Western Kentucky
Oct 31st          BYE WEEK
Nov 7th          at Alabama
Nov 14th        v. Arkansas
Nov 21st        at Ole Miss
Nov 28th       v. Texas A&M

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