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LSU Season Stackup

The Tigers opened their season with a solid 27-0 shutout over BYU, putting them at No. 12 in the national rankings after week one of college football. With Derrius Guice already proving himself as a standout and some great new recruits, this season is sure to be a special one for the Tigers.

There’s a lot to talk about when it comes to Coach O’s second season, so we broke it down for you, game-by-game for the month of September. Check out future issues to stay up-to-date on games to come.

Chattanooga   

Where: Tiger Stadium    When: September 9, 6:30 p.m. CST    TV: SECN

The Tigers return to Tiger Stadium for the first time since a heartbreaking defeat to Florida in November to face off against the Chattanooga Mocs. It is the first ever matchup between the two schools in football. The Mocs will be led by its senior quarterback Alejandro Bennifield, who is a threat with both his arm and his legs. It will be the second consecutive year Chattanooga will play a Southeastern Conference school. Last season, the Mocs traveled to Tuscaloosa, and suffered a 31-3 loss to Alabama in its regular season finale. Expect more of the same against LSU. The Tigers will look to continue to build its offensive foundation, and give
highly-touted backups some playing time.

Dig’s Quick Pick: LSU 48, Chattanooga 3

Mississippi State

Where: Davis-Wade Stadium- Starkville, MS   When: September 16, 6 p.m. CST   TV: ESPN2

LSU once again opens its conference slate with Mississippi State for the fourth straight year. Each of the past three games have been decided by less than one score, and have come down to the last play of the game. The Bulldogs will have talent in junior quarterback Nick Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald finished with close to 4,000 total yards and 37 touchdowns last season. The big bodied quarterback was second in the SEC behind Derrius Guice with 1,375 rushing yards. The LSU defense will need to find a way to once again stifle Fitzgerald after holding him to 133 total yards in last year’s matchup. The Tigers will need to limit its mistakes to a minimum if they want to defeat an underrated Mississippi State team on the road.

Dig’s Quick Pick: LSU 24, Mississippi State 20

Syracuse

Where: Tiger Stadium    When: Sept. 23, Time TBA    TV: TBA

Syracuse comes to Baton Rouge for the first time in school history. The Orange is making the return trip after LSU traveled to Syracuse in 2015, and left with a 34-24 win behind an outstanding performance from Leonard Fournette. The Tiger defense face off against quarterback Eric Dungey, who missed the previous matchup due to injury. Injuries have been the story of Dungey’s first two years at Syracuse. After throwing for 2,631 yards and 15 touchdowns through eight games, Dungey suffered an injury early in a game against the future national champions Clemson, and was sidelined for the final three games of the season. The LSU secondary will face another early test against a good quarterback, but the rest of Syracuse’s roster will not be enough to challenge the Tigers.

Dig’s Quick Pick: LSU 42, Syracuse 10

Troy

Where: Tiger Stadium    When: September 30, Time TBA    TV: TBA

The Troy Trojans are coming off their first 10-win season in school history at the FBS level of college football. The Trojans return the dynamic combination of quarterback Brandon Silvers and running back Jordan Chunn. The previous two times the Trojans traveled to Baton Rouge they held a lead in the fourth quarter. In 2004, Troy was led by elite defensive lineman DeMarcus Ware, but fell short 24-20 after a Marcus Randall touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter. Four years later in 2008, the Trojans capitalized on interception prone Jarrett Lee, and gained a 31-3 lead near the end of the third. LSU would rally, scoring 37 straight points to snatch away a victory from Troy. The Tigers should be more aware of Troy in 2017, and are likely to come away with a victory.

Dig’s Quick Pick: LSU 35, Troy 17

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