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|Talk about a soft September|
Quick, name the mascots for the non-conference teams LSU plays in 2012.
Oh wait, you haven't heard the schedule yet.
Don't get too excited. And if you have heard it, stop licking your lips, unless you pulled for the lions back in the Coliseum.
There are no marquee games to speak of here.
Don't worry about battling the heat in September in Tiger Stadium next year. You can rest assured none of these games are headed for the afternoon. They will be in prime time. And I don't mean television prime time.
LSU starts next season at home against North Texas on Sept. 2. Yeah, a little drop from Oregon I would say.
LSU has outscored the Mean Green (OK, there's the first answer) 198-13 in four games.
LSU beat North Texas 49-7 in 1995, 52-0 in 1999, 56-3 in 2005 and 41-3 in 2008. (You want another piece of me?)
The Tigers host Washington on Sept. 8.
OK, this one could be a little entertaining. And most people know they are the Huskies.
LSU beat Washington in 2009. This was supposed to be a really good Washington team that did not live up the hype and has fallen a bit in two years.
But compared to the rest of the month, this is the Rose Bowl.
On Sept. 15, LSU hosts Idaho.
If you said Potatoes, you are wrong. They are the Vandals.
I checked out Idaho's athletic Web site. You want to know what they are excited about this year?
"The University of Idaho has garnered a fifth-place ranking already this fall - in The Bleacher Report's, an all-encompassing sports website, annual assessment of college football posters.
Idaho's poster, designed by Advantage Advertising of Lewiston in conjunction with Vandal Marketing, is in line behind No. 1 UTEP, No. 2 Auburn, No. 3 New Mexico State and No. 4 Tennessee. Idaho's Vandal Pride-themed display is ahead of No. 6 Florida State, No. 7 Air Force, No. 8 North Carolina, No. 9 Wyoming and No. 10 Colorado. The report ranks the nation's top 50 posters."
How in the world is Miles going to be able to compete with that? Recruit a few top colorers?
LSU beat Idaho 53-20 on Sept. 26, 1998 for Homecoming.. They also played Arkansas State that month.
And if by some chance you got the first three, there is no way you will get this one without going to Wikipedia.
Towson, located in Towson, Md., is a member of the Football Championship Subdivision and plays in the Colonial Athletic Association. It will be the first meeting between LSU and Towson in football.
When the Tigers visit Baton Rouge, they will be playing in historic Tiger Stadium. With a capacity of 92,400, it is the eighth-largest stadium in college football. LSU has averaged more than 90,000 fans per game over the last ten years. Since the stadium opened in 1924, LSU has a record of 242-85-7. Under the direction of Coach Miles, the Bengal Tigers have a 37-6 record at Tiger Stadium.
LSU is one of two NCAA FBS opponents on Towson's 2012 schedule. The Tigers are also scheduled to play at Kent State.
By the way, they are the Tigers. I think the confusion will end there.
The 2012 early non-conference slate has to be the worst since LSU hosted Texas-El Paso and Akron in September of 1997. The Tigers started with Appalachian State and North Texas in 2008, Western Illinois and ULM in 2003, San Jose State and North Texas in 1999, Idaho and Arkansas State in 1998.
Of course, there are good points and bad points to having a weak non-conference schedule. Obviously, playing in the SEC, you need what should be breathers. It also gives the young guys some playing time.
But it deprives fans of the build-up of games against opponents such as Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech or Ohio State.
And, nowadays, strength of schedule is so important so that LSU cannot afford more than one loss in the SEC, which is asking a lot.
I believe in throwing in what should be a couple of gimmees in the schedule to help the team rejuvenate after or before some tough SEC games. But the season is short enough without having to watch more than one spring game-type contest during the early season. Not to mention the cost of the ticket. Wonder how much they paid to get into the Coliseum — Go Lions.
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