A new era has kicked off in Baton Rouge this spring with Ed Orgeron fully in command as LSU’s head coach, replacing Les Miles. Miles and his 114 career wins with the Tigers are gone, but there’s still plenty of talent remaining. Fans can expect the same hard-nosed defense under returning coordinator Dave Aranda but a long desired opening up of the offense has been promised with the arrival of Matt Canada.
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The Tigers turned in a wild 8-4 season in 2016, fighting through all the ups and downs, the coaching change and some costly injuries, including one to running back Leonard Fournette. LSU opened the season ranked fifth in the country, but stumbled out of the gates to a 2-2 start, which ultimately cost Miles his job.
On the surface, the four losses are nothing to be ashamed about, as one came in the season opener to a Wisconsin team that started out unranked but wound up going 11-3, winning the Big Ten West Division and finishing things off with a victory in the Cotton Bowl over previously undefeated Central Michigan. The other three losses came to SEC foes Auburn, Alabama and Florida. So LSU won eight games and lost four others to teams that went to a bowl game (three of which won their respective divisions), and still a national championship-winning head coach was shown the door. Welcome to life in the SEC West.
As for this coming season, the Tigers’ schedule can be viewed at in two different parts. While the first five games shouldn’t present too much of a challenge, the final seven are a brutal lineup of SEC matchups. LSU’s slate in October and November alone could be viewed as the toughest in the nation, and that doesn’t include a neutral-site game against BYU and a road game at Mississippi State. Also adding to the difficulty is the fact that the Tigers have five SEC road games this season because of the one with Florida that got re-scheduled and eventually moved to Baton Rouge in 2016 because of the impact of Hurricane Matthew.
2017 LSU Tigers Schedule
Bye: Week 9
— Written by Ryan Wright, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and an established media professional with more than two decades' worth of experience. Over the years, Wright has written for numerous sites and publications and has his own site, www.recruitingnewsguru.com. Follow him on Twitter @RyanWrightRNG.
(Ed Orgeron photo courtesy of www.lsusports.net)