LSU will play one of its strongest home schedules in the school's history next season as four preseason top 20 teams will visit Tiger Stadium, it was announced with the release of the 2005 football schedule on Tuesday.
Among the team's highlighting next
year's home schedule includes conference games against Tennessee, Florida and
Auburn as well as a non-conference contest
State of the Pac-10. All
four teams have been listed among the top 20 teams in college football heading
into the 2005 season.
Tennessee has been ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation
in preseason polls, while Florida is also listed as a top 10 preseason
The last time LSU played four top
25 teams in Tiger Stadium in the same season came in 1992 when the Tigers hosted
No. 3 Alabama, No. 7 Tennessee, No. 7 Texas A&M and No. 22 Mississippi State.
Other home games for the Tigers
include the season-opener against defending Sun Belt Conference champion
North Texas on Sept. 5. The Tigers will also
face perennial I-AA power Appalachian State in Tiger Stadium on Nov. 5 followed
by the regular-season finale against Arkansas
in Baton Rouge.
LSU's game against Arizona State, slated for Sept. 10, will be the
first meeting between the Tigers and the Sun Devils. Last year, Arizona State posted a 9-3 overall mark and beat
Purdue, 27-23, in the Sun Bowl.
In all, five of LSU's 2005 home
opponents played in a bowl game last year and the combined 2004 record for the
seven teams coming to Tiger Stadium in 2005 was 57-27.
After opening the season with three
straight home games, as well as an open date, LSU hits the road for the first
time under Les Miles on Oct. 1 against Mississippi State in Starkville. The Tigers play at Vanderbilt the
following week, which will mark the first meeting between LSU and the Commodores
LSU also faces Alabama and Ole Miss on
the road in November. The Tigers travel to Tuscaloosa on Nov. 12 followed by a trip to Oxford on Nov. 19.
LSU returns 16 starters and 48
letterwinners from last year's 9-3 squad that finished the season ranked No. 16
in the nation.
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