After playing Texas A&M in College Station on Thanksgiving night this year, the LSU football team will meet the Aggies on a Friday or Saturday in Tiger Stadium to wrap up the 2015 regular season.
The Southeastern Conference released dates and sites for 2015 for all 14 member schools Tuesday night, a slate that has LSU facing Texas A&M on Saturday, Nov. 28.
LSU associate athletic director Verge Ausberry, however, said that date could change to Nov. 27 if CBS decides to pick up the game for its Friday-after-Thanksgiving afternoon slot.
The Tigers will also play Auburn (Sept. 19), Florida (Oct. 17) and Arkansas Nov. 14) at home and travel to Mississippi State (Sept. 12), South Carolina (Oct. 10), Alabama (Nov. 7) and Ole Miss (Nov. 21) to complete the eight-game SEC schedule.
The home portion of the Tigers’ non-conference schedule includes games against McNeese State on Sept. 5 (the season opener), Eastern Michigan on Oct. 3 and Western Kentucky on Oct. 24.
LSU will travel to Syracuse on Sept. 26.
The SEC released schedules for the next 11 seasons in May, but the league had not announced dates for those games.
SEC teams are mandated to play at least one opponent from a power conference each season. LSU meets Syracuse next season and hosts the Orange in 2017. The Tigers travel to play Wisconsin at Lambeau Field in Green Bay in 2016.
LSU continues to search for a power five conference team for 2018-2020. The program is discussing neutral-site games as well as home-and-home matchups with other power conference teams, said Ausberry, who, with athletic director Joe Alleva, handles football scheduling.
Coming up big
LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture said Monday the Tigers defense was determined to not let Florida put a go-ahead touchdown on the scoreboard after a 73-yard pass play gave the Gators a first-and-goal at the 2 with 2:08 to play.
“We kind of told each other, ‘We’re not letting them score (a touchdown) here. If they kick a field goal, so be it, but we’re not just going to give in and let ourselves get in a big hole and be 0-3 in the SEC,’ ” LaCouture said.
Florida ran the ball twice, getting only 1 yard, before tight end Tevin Westbrook dropped a touchdown pass in the end zone. That forced the Gators to take a game-tying 18-yard field goal, and the Tigers won it 30-27 on Colby Delahoussaye’s 50-yard field goal with 3 seconds to play.
“We just attacked the line of scrimmage and made sure they weren’t going to get it,” LaCouture said. “When a team gets in that position, everybody has to step up and make sure they don’t score.”
Safety Rickey Jefferson added: “That (goal-line stand) saved the game. Anytime you stop a good team like that and make them kick a field goal, you did a great job. That’s a win, right there, for the defense.”
Shoutouts all around
LSU coach Les Miles made a congratulatory call to former Tigers wide receiver Jarvis Landry after Landry made his first NFL start and had his first touchdown catch in the Miami Dolphins’ 27-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
Landry, whose 11-yard TD early in the third quarter tied the game at 10, in turn congratulated Miles on his 100th victory at LSU — which came the night before at Florida — via a Facebook post.
“Shoutout to coach Miles for calling to congratulate me… much love coach 100 100,” the post said.
Landry led the Dolphins in catches (six) and receiving yards (75) Sunday.
On 422 offensive plays this year, true freshmen have accounted for 129 rushing attempts, 44 passing attempts, and 31 receptions. Two of LSU’s top three rushers are true freshmen (Leonard Fournette and Darrel Williams); two of LSU’s top three receivers are true freshmen (Malachi Dupre and Trey Quinn); and the starting quarterback for the Auburn game (Brandon Harris) is a true freshman. ... Miles is 19-9 in all games against teams from the SEC Eastern Division, which includes a 2-1 mark in the SEC title game and a 17-8 record in SEC regular-season contests. The Tigers have won nine of their last 11 games against SEC East foes dating back to the 2010 season.