LSU moved down two spots to No. 15 in the USA Today/coaches poll released Tuesday after the cancellation of its season opener against McNeese State.
The Tigers’ opponent this week, Mississippi State, is the first team out of the poll, receiving the most votes of any unranked team. LSU is one of a record nine SEC teams in the rankings. Ohio State held firm as the nation’s No. 1 team, followed by 2 Alabama, 3 TCU, 4 Baylor and 5 Oregon.
LSU meets the Bulldogs at 8:15 p.m. Saturday in Starkville to start a critical, early-season two-game stretch. The Tigers host Auburn the next week, which will serve as the home opener after last week’s cancellation. A four-hour weather delay turned into a “no contest” between LSU and McNeese – the first game cancellation in nearly 100 years for the Tigers.
The cancellation created some rare notes for the school. The Tigers now open their season with a road SEC game for just the second time in the last 25 years and a first since beating State 45-0 in 2007. They open the season with back-to-back SEC games for the first time in school history.
Saturday’s game will be the latest season-opener for LSU since 1998, when Tigers beat Arkansas State – also on a Sept. 12.