1996 LSU Tigers football team

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1996 LSU Tigers football
SEC Western Division Co-Champions
Conference Southeastern Conference Western Division
Ranking
Coaches #13
AP #12
1996 record 10–2 (6–2 SEC)
Head coach Gerry DiNardo
Offensive coordinator Morris Watts
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator Carl Reese
Base defense 4-3
Home stadium Tiger Stadium
(Capacity: 79,940)
Seasons
« 1995 1997 »
1996 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#1 Florida x   8 0         12 1  
#9 Tennessee   7 1         10 2  
South Carolina   4 4         6 5  
Kentucky   3 5         4 7  
Georgia   3 5         5 6  
Vanderbilt   0 8         2 9  
Western Division
#11 Alabama xy   6 2         10 3  
#12 LSU x   6 2         10 2  
#24 Auburn   4 4         8 4  
Mississippi State   3 5         5 6  
Ole Miss   2 6         5 6  
Arkansas   2 6         4 7  
Championship: Florida 45, Alabama 30
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1996 LSU Tigers football team represented Louisiana State University in the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. LSU finished with a 10–2 overall record (6–2 in SEC play) after defeating Clemson Tigers, 10–7, in the Peach Bowl. It was Gerry DiNardo's second season as head coach and the Tigers built upon the previous year's success with their first ten-win season and bowl win since 1987. The Tigers tied for the SEC West title with Alabama, but had lost to the Tide 26–0 in Baton Rouge in a game that was notable for being Shaun Alexander's breakout performance.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 7 7:00 PM Houston* #17 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA W 35–34   80,303
September 21 6:30 PM at #14 Auburn #21 Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, AL (Tiger Bowl) ESPN W 19–15   85,214
September 28 7:00 PM New Mexico Statedagger #17 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA W 63–7   77,676
October 5 7:00 PM Vanderbilt #14 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA W 35–0   80,142
October 12 11:00 AM at #1 Florida #12 Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, FL (Rivalry) CBS L 13–56   85,567
October 19 7:00 PM Kentucky #17 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA W 41–14   79,660
October 26 11:30 AM Mississippi State #13 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA (Rivalry) JPS W 28–20   79,594
November 9 6:30 PM #10 Alabama #11 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA (Rivalry) ESPN L 26–0   80,290
November 16 2:00 PM at Ole Miss #17 Vaught–Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS (Magnolia Bowl) PPV W 39–7   44,436
November 23 7:00 PM Tulane* #18 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA (Battle for the Rag) W 35–17   78,966
November 29 1:30 PM at Arkansas #19 War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR (Battle for the Golden Boot) CBS W 17–7   22,329
December 28 8:00 PM vs. Clemson* #17 Georgia DomeAtlanta, GA (Peach Bowl) ESPN W 10–7   63,622
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

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