Athlon analyzes the Tigers '15 football schedule.
LSU has trended backwards in the SEC West standings for four consecutive seasons, going from first (2011) to second (2012) to third (2013) to fifth (2014).
One major reason for that type of trend is the SEC West schedule. It’s the toughest division in all of college football and is loaded with the best coaches and rosters in the country.
LSU fits the bill perfectly and Les Miles will have to traverse another nasty slate if he wants to get his Tigers back into SEC title contention.
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2015 LSU Tigers Schedule
Bye: Week 9
|1.||Sept. 5||Baton Rouge, LA|
|In-state season opener against McNeese State will offer a great warm up for early SEC opener in Week 2. LSU defeated the Cowboys 32-10 in 2010 in the only previous meeting.|
|2.||Sept. 12||Starkville, MS|
|This was an embarrassment in Death Valley last year, as Dak Prescott physically abused the Tigers. It was the first loss in the series for LSU since 1999 and the Bayou Bengals have won seven straight in Starkville.|
|3.||Sept. 19||Baton Rouge, LA|
|Elimination Game The winner will could come out as the top challenger to Alabama. Auburn embarrassed LSU 41-7 at home last year, but Miles' bunch has won seven straight over War Eagle in Death Valley with Auburn's last win coming in 1999.|
|4.||Sept. 26||Syracuse, NY|
|Miles is one of the few big name SEC coaches who will take his team out of the region for true road games. The Orange will be a huge underdog and this will be just the third meeting all-time. The two have split a pair of bowl meetings — 1965 (Sugar, LSU) and 1989 (Hall of Fame, Syracuse).|
|5.||Oct. 3||Baton Rouge, LA|
|The first-ever meeting between LSU and Eastern Michigan could be seriously ugly. But it's a great time to tune up for two SEC East crossover games.|
|6.||Oct. 10||Columbia, SC|
|Press Conference Gold Miles vs. Steve Spurrier is about as good as it gets from a personality standpoint. There is no way to know if this is a meeting of two elite division contenders or two middle-of-the-pack SEC foes. LSU is 17-2-1 all-time against the Gamecocks.|
|7.||Oct. 17||Baton Rouge, LA|
|Crossover Must-Win If LSU wants to compete in the West it has to beat Florida at home. This normally hard-hitting showdown has gone the Tigers' way in four of the last five meetings. Miles is 6-4 against the Gators.|
|8.||Oct. 24||Baton Rouge, LA|
|A late-season, non-conference tune up comes at a perfect time considering the nasty final four games. LSU beat WKU 42-9 in 2011 in the only meeting between the two.|
|10.||Nov. 7||Tuscaloosa, AL|
|Saban-Miles X One of the best rivalry games in college football every year could once again be an instant classic. Bama has won four straight over LSU and Miles is 3-6 against Nick Saban at LSU. Of those nine meetings, six were decided by one score or less.|
|11.||Nov. 14||Baton Rouge, LA|
|The Golden Boot One of the more underrated and always heated rivalries in the SEC West could be a big revenge spot for LSU. The Hogs thrashed the Tigers 17-0 in Fayetteville last season. LSU leads the series 37-21-2 all-time.|
|12.||Nov. 21||Oxford, MS|
|The heated, long-term (103 meetings) southern rivalry was a thriller last year, as Ole Miss let one slip away in Death Valley. The winner here could win the division while the loser could finish fourth or fifth. LSU has won 10 of the last 13 and Miles is 7-3 against the Rebels.|
|13.||Nov. 28||Baton Rouge, LA|
|Chavis Bowl There has been one name in the SEC who has managed to shut down Kevin Sumlin's offense and it's John Chavis. Now, Chavis will return to Tiger Stadium with an Aggies logo on his chest. This budding SEC rivalry has featured four straight wins by LSU (2011-14), who leads the all-time series 30-20-3.|