by Jordan Grove
Finally. After all of the off-the-field issues – bar fights, investigations, and general college football scandal – the 2011 LSU football season is here.
In just a few more days it will be time to barbeque and drink a few with all of your rowdy friends as all of you root for victory for LSU.
Another trip to New Orleans won’t be easy for the 2011 Tigers as they tackle one of the most difficult schedules in college football. With that being said, here are my predictions for this year’s LSU Tigers.
September 3rd vs. the Oregon Ducks (Arlington, TX)
The speed of Oregon’s offense will face the speed of LSU’s defense. Oregon got their first taste of an SEC defense when they played Auburn in the BCS National Championship last year and has an inkling of what to expect. The amount of intrigue surrounding this game is reaching critical levels, especially for LSU fans as they wait with bated breathe to see how Jarrett Lee will perform. Despite being a close game, I think LSU comes out ahead.
September 10th vs. the Northwestern State Demons (Baton Roue, La)
Former Tiger defensive coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto brings his Southland Conference team to Tiger Stadium to get paid for a butt-whooping. This one isn’t pretty and isn’t close.
September 17th vs. the Mississippi State Bulldogs (Starkville, MS)
A Thursday night visit to cow country for LSU as Dan Mullen and his primed and ready Bulldogs are eager to upset LSU. It won’t be pretty but LSU comes out with a win in one of the closest calls in Les Miles tenure as head coach for the Tigers.
September 24th vs. the West Virginia Mountaineers (Morgantown, WV)
The coach-burning, beer-swilling crazies of West Virginia greet the travelers from bayou country with something LSU fans aren’t used to experiencing: beer sold inside the stadium. This welcome treat helps slightly offset the home field advantage of West Virginia but Dana Holgorsen’s induction as head coach against an SEC team is met with defeat.
October 1st vs. the Kentucky Wildcats (Baton Rouge, La)
LSU hosts their first SEC game inside Tiger Stadium as the Kentucky Wildcats come to town. It’s a good thing Kentucky has basketball because LSU has their way with Joker Phillip’s team.
October 8th vs. the Florida Gators (Baton Rouge, La)
New Florida head coach Will Muschamp knows what it’s like inside the confines of Tiger Stadium but this time he’s on the receiving end. While Florida should be good under Muschamp’s watch, his first year coaching against LSU is met with defeat as LSU continues it’s roll.
October 15th vs. the Tennessee Volunteers (Knoxville, TN)
Derek Dooley always seems to know what it takes to get inside Les Miles’ head. After a wild and wacky game as only these two coaches can provide, Dooley gets his first win against LSU as Volunteer quarterback Tyler Bray plays his butt off as LSU goes down with their first loss.
October 22nd vs the Auburn Tigers (Baton Rouge, La)
With revenge on their mind, LSU comes out swinging against the hapless Auburn Tigers who are reeling coming off playing South Carolina and Arkansas on the road and hosting Florida before making the trip to Baton Rouge. LSU proves too much as they notch another W.
November 5th vs. the Alabama Crimson Tide (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Both teams will be coming off an open date and will both be mentally and physically prepared for this game. Each coach has both won and lost on the road against the other and will go down as another classic in the Alabama-LSU rivalry. This time, though, the pendulum swings in favor of Alabama.
November 12th vs. the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (Baton Rouge, La)
WKU meet LSU. This no contest.
November 19th vs. the Ole Miss Rebels (Oxford, MS)
This proves to be another dismal season for Houston Nutt and the Rebels as they fall again to LSU.
November 26th vs. the Arkansas Razorbacks (Baton Rouge, La)
The LSU secondary is tested repeatedly as Tyler Wilson fires away in Bobby Petrino’s offense. The Razorback defense proves to be more stout than usual as they repeatedly stymie the LSU rushing and passing attack. As the game progresses, LSU begins to win the line of scrimmage against Arkansas’ thin offensive line which helps LSU finish the regular season with a 10-2 record.
Even though the Tigers finished with a 10-2 conference record they lose out on going to a BCS bowl with Alabama and South Carolina both taking those spots. Instead they opt for the Capitol One Bowl vs. Iowa.