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LSU is set to open its home slate against Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday at 6:05 p.m. CT on ESPN2. With the team’s 33-17 upset win over Miami behind them, head coach Ed Orgeron said the team will have to prepare for its FCS opponent like they do any other opponent. The Tigers are excited to be back in Tiger Stadium.
“Obviously, we are very excited to play at home,” Orgeron said on Tuesday when meeting with the media. “Tiger Stadium, that’s what we wait all year for. It’s going to be a great crowd. Our players are going to be excited. We have a lot of new coaches. It’s going to be their first time in Tiger Stadium, a lot of new players and their first time in Tiger Stadium. The Tiger Walk is going to be phenomenal, and we are going to have a great week of preparation.”
Here’s the rundown of the times of interest for the game including the Tiger Walk, when gates open and more:
I know nobody gets too jazzed up for an FCS opponent, but it’s pretty cool to see LSU play Southeastern. For one, it’s the first matchup in 69 (nice) years, and once upon a time the Lions had a proud program with six Gulf States Conference championships in the 50s and early 60s.
It should make for one helluva tailgate, if nothing else, and that’s a key element of any home opener.
You play a week one neutral-site opener with top 10 opponent, just win however you can.
But when you play an FCS opponent in week two, now it’s time to show some actual improvement and frankly, just look good. As cool as it is to have Southeastern visiting, this game is about LSU exerting itself and playing like the bigger, stronger, faster team that it is.
Every problem that we saw against Miami isn’t going to magically fix itself, but the main thing is to show some progress in some of those areas. For Joe Burrow, get that completion rate up and make a few big plays down the field. For the offensive line, give him the time and create holes up front more consistently.
Start small, improve play-to-play efficiency, and let the athletic advantage take care of itself.
LSU got seven freshmen involved in last weekend’s opener, but that still wasn’t enough for some underclassmen on the team, with Tyler Shelvin throwing a social media temper tantrum after the game over his lack of playing time (because that always helps matters).
While Shelvin’s status may not be known, it stands to reason that even more new faces will see more snaps on Saturday night. For one, Andre Anthony, Ray Thornton and Travez Moore will all likely rotate in place of the injured K’Lavon Chaisson. For another, the roles will only increase for freshmen like Ja’Marr Chase, Terrace Marshall, Kelvin Joseph, etc…
And if the starters do their jobs, that will also create more reps for the backups. Namely, somebody like Myles Brennan, who can see time in up to four games and still redshirt, which is something LSU’s coaches would like to make happen if circumstances allow.
Ideally, that would also mean Brennan would have the chance to get some quality passes in, and not just hand it off. There’s no reason to run the score up on SLU here, but LSU needs to let its players rep the offense that they’re going to run all year, and not scale things back too much. Obviously, there’s a limit and I think reasonable people can see that, but don’t completely call things off as soon as things get out of hand.
Among some of the other names I’d like to see more of on Saturday: Chris Curry, Austin Deculus and the other reserve offensive linemen, Thaddeus Moss if he’s healthy, Patrick Queen, and freshmen defensive linemen like Davin Cotton, Dare Rosenthal and Shelvin, if he’s ready to get his mind right.