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LSU Tigers football
2014 LSU Tigers football team
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First season 1893; 121 years ago (1893)
Athletic director Joe Alleva
Head coach Les Miles
10th year, 103–28 (.786)
Home stadium Tiger Stadium (LSU)
Stadium capacity 102,321
Stadium surface Grass
Location Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Conference SEC (1932–present)
Division SEC Western Division (1992–present)
Past conferences Independent (1893–1895)
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1896–1921)
Southern Conference (1922–1932)
All-time record 762–400–47 (.650)
Postseason bowl record 23–21–1 (.522)
Claimed national titles 3 (1958, 2003, 2007)
Unclaimed national titles 5 1908, 1935, 1936, 1962, (2011)
National Finalist 3 (2003, 2007, 2011)
Conference titles 14
Division titles 8
Heisman winners 1
Consensus All-Americans 27[1]
Current uniform
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Colors

Purple and Gold

          
Fight song Fight for LSU
Mascot Mike the Tiger
Marching band Louisiana State University Tiger Marching Band
Rivals Alabama Crimson Tide
Arkansas Razorbacks
Auburn Tigers
Florida Gators
Mississippi State Bulldogs
Ole Miss Rebels
Texas A&M Aggies
Website LSUSports.net

The LSU Tigers football team, also known as the Fighting Tigers, represents Louisiana State University in the sport of American football. The Tigers compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). LSU ended the 2013 season with 753 victories, the 11th most in Division I FBS NCAA history, and the 4th most of any SEC team, behind only Alabama (827), Tennessee (799), and Georgia (759). The Tigers also have the 11th highest winning percentage among teams with at least 1,000 games played.

LSU has won three National Championships in 1958, 2003 and 2007. LSU won the BCS National Championship in 2004 (2003 season) with a 21–14 win over Oklahoma in the Nokia Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, and the 2008 BCS National Championship Game (2007 season) versus the Ohio State Buckeyes with a 38–24 score, thus becoming the first team since the advent of the BCS to win multiple BCS national titles.

LSU has been featured in a game with ESPN College GameDay on location a total of 20 times, and the show has aired from Baton Rouge a total of 9 times. The Tigers have now made at least one appearance on the show in each of the past 10 seasons.

Current head coach Les Miles has led the team since 2005.

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Championships[edit]

National championships[edit]

The NCAA's website states that "the NCAA does not conduct a national championship in Division I-A football and is not involved in the selection process." It goes on to say that "a number of polling organizations provide a final ranking of Division I-A football teams at the end of each season." LSU officially claims three national championships (1958, 2003 & 2007); however, the school has been recognized as national champions by polling organizations on five additional occasions: 1908 (National Championship Foundation), 1935 (Williamson System), 1936 (Williamson System, Sagarin Ratings), 1962 (Berryman-QPRS), and 2011 (Anderson & Hester, Congrove Computer Rankings).[2] (The NCAA officially changed the "I-A" designation to the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in 2006.) In the 2007 season, LSU became the first program to win multiple BCS National Championship Games and the second program to win a national championship with multiple losses.

Year Coach Selector Record Bowl Result
1958 Paul Dietzel AP, Coaches 11–0 Sugar Bowl LSU 7, Clemson 0
2003 Nick Saban BCS, Coaches 13–1 Sugar Bowl LSU 21, Oklahoma 14
2007 Les Miles BCS, AP, Coaches 12–2 BCS National Title Game LSU 38, Ohio State 24
Total national championships: 3

1958

The 1958 LSU Tigers football team under head coach Paul Dietzel, cruised to an undefeated season capped by a win over Clemson in the 1959 Sugar Bowl. LSU was named the national champion in both the AP Poll and the Coaches' Poll prior to their 7-0 Sugar Bowl victory over Clemson. It was the first recognized national championship for LSU in the poll era.

2003

The 2003 LSU Tigers football team was coached by Nick Saban. LSU won the BCS National Championship, the first national championship for LSU since 1958. The Tigers battled for an 11–1 regular season record and then defeated Georgia in the SEC Championship Game. The LSU Tigers faced off against Oklahoma for the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) national title. LSU beat Oklahoma 21–14 in the 2004 Sugar Bowl designated as the BCS National Championship Game.

2007

The 2007 LSU Tigers football team, coached by Les Miles, won the Southeastern Conference championship and the national championship with a 12–2 record. The LSU Tigers took on the top ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2008 BCS National Championship Game defeating them 38–24. This win made the LSU Tigers the first team to win two BCS National Championships in its history. On their way to the BCS championship, the Tigers won their tenth Southeastern Conference championship by defeating Tennessee in the 2007 SEC Championship Game.

National championship game appearances[edit]

Since the BCS system came into existence in 1998, LSU has played in the national championship game three times, compiling a 2-1 record. All three of the Tigers' appearances have come in the Superdome in New Orleans.

Year Coach Selector Record Bowl Result
2003 Nick Saban BCS 13–1 Sugar Bowl LSU 21, Oklahoma 14
2007 Les Miles BCS 12–2 BCS National Title Game LSU 38, Ohio State 24
2011 Les Miles BCS 13–1 BCS National Title Game Alabama 21, LSU 0
Total national championship game appearances: 3

Conference championships[edit]

LSU has won a total of fourteen conference championships in three different conferences. Since becoming a founding member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in 1933, LSU has won eleven conference championships.

Year Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1896† SIAA Allen Jeardeau 6–0 4–0
1908 SIAA Edgar R. Wingard 10–0 3–0
1932† Southern Biff Jones 6–3–1 4–0
1935 SEC Bernie Moore 9–2–0 5–0
1936 SEC Bernie Moore 9–1–1 6–0
1958 SEC Paul Dietzel 11–0 6–0
1961† SEC Paul Dietzel 10–1 6–0
1970 SEC Charles McClendon 9–3 5–0
1986 SEC Bill Arnsparger 9–3 5–1
1988† SEC Mike Archer 8-4 6–1
2001 SEC Nick Saban 10–3 5–3
2003 SEC Nick Saban 13–1 7–1
2007 SEC Les Miles 12–2 6–2
2011 SEC Les Miles 13-1 8–0
Total conference championships: 14
† Denotes co-champions

Divisional championships[edit]

Since the SEC began divisional play in 1992, LSU has won or shared the SEC West title 8 times, and is 4–1 in the SEC Championship game.

Year Division Championship SEC CG Result Opponent PF PA
1996† SEC West - N/A (lost tiebreaker to Alabama) N/A N/A
1997† SEC West - N/A (lost tiebreaker to Auburn) N/A N/A
2001† SEC West W Tennessee 31 20
2002† SEC West - N/A (lost tiebreaker to Arkansas) N/A N/A
2003† SEC West W Georgia 34 13
2005† SEC West L Georgia 14 34
2007 SEC West W Tennessee 21 14
2011 SEC West W Georgia 42 10
Totals 8 4–1 - 142 91
† Denotes co-champions

History[edit]

Head coaching history[edit]

LSU has had 32 head coaches since it began play during the 1893 season, and since January 2005, Les Miles has served as head coach.[3] Charles McClendon is the leader in seasons coached and games won, with 137 victories during his 18 years with the program. Allen Jeardeau has the highest winning percentage of those who have coached more than one game, with .875. Of the 32 different head coaches who have led the Tigers, Dana X. Bible, Mike Donahue, Biff Jones, Bernie Moore, Jerry Stovall and McClendon have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Football seasons[edit]

The LSU Tigers football team played their 120th season of college football during the 2014 season.

1800s (1893–1899)[edit]

  • 1893 – November 25 – LSU plays first football game in school history.
  • 1894 – November 30 – LSU achieves its first victory in a football game. LSU beats Natchez AC 26-0. Samuel Marmaduke Dinwidie Clark has the honor of scoring the very first touchdown in LSU history.
  • 1895 – October 26 – LSU 1st Win in Baton Rouge.

Building the program (1900–1934)[edit]

1907 LSU Tigers Football Team in Havana, Cuba for the 1907 Bacardi Bowl.
  • 1907 - LSU becomes first American college football team to play on foreign soil in the 1907 Bacardi Bowl against the University of Havana on Christmas Day in Havana, Cuba.
  • 1908 – LSU 10-0 – Doc Fenton leads LSU to its very first National Championship. This National Championship title, awarded by the National Championship Foundation, is not claimed by LSU. This season also lead to an SIAA football co-championship.
  • 1914 – LSU's largest loss margin came on October 31, 1914 in a game against Texas A&M in Dallas, Texas. The final score was Texas A&M 63, LSU 9.
  • 1924 – November 25 – First Game played at Tiger Stadium.
  • 1931 – October 3 – LSU plays first night game in Tiger Stadium.

Moore-Tinsley era (1935–1954)[edit]

  • 1935 – 1st SEC Championship – Under head coach Bernie Moore, LSU won their 1st SEC Championship finishing with a 5-0 conference record and 9–2–0 overall. The Tigers took home the Williamson Poll national championship, which is not claimed by LSU.
  • 1936Sugar Bowl – #7 LSU plays in their 1st Sugar Bowl game falling to #4 TCU 3-2. The game was played at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans on January 1, 1936.
  • 1936 – LSU won their 2nd SEC Championship finishing with a 6-0 conference record and 9–1–1 overall. The Tigers finished runner-up to Minnesota in the AP Poll. LSU won the Williamson Poll and Sagarin Ratings national championships, which are not claimed by the school. LSU's largest margin of victory, and most points scored in a football game came on November 21, 1936, in a game at Tiger Stadium against USL (University of Southwestern Louisiana, now University of Louisiana Lafayette). The final score was LSU 93, USL 0.
  • 1947Cotton Bowl Classic – "Ice Bowl" – LSU led by head coach Bernie Moore and quarterback Y. A. Tittle entered the game against Arkansas with a 9-1 record. Ice, sleet and snow pelted the stadium as LSU players filled oil drums with charcoal and started fires for makeshift heaters while fans built fires in the stands. LSU dominated the game with a 271-54 advantage in total yards and 15-1 advantage in first downs, but that didn't equate to the numbers on the scoreboard. The game ended in a 0-0 tie and LSU finished the season 9-1-1.

Paul Dietzel era (1955–1961)[edit]

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  • 1959Sugar Bowl – #1 LSU wins the 1958 national championship, beating No. 12 Clemson 7–0. The only score was a pass from Billy Cannon to freshman Mickey Mangham, one of the smallest players on the team. The game was played at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans.
  • 1959Cannon's Halloween Run – Late in the game between No. 1 LSU and No. 3 Ole Miss, LSU was trailing 3–0. Then Billy Cannon returned a punt 89 yards for a TD, breaking seven tackles. The Rebels then drove down the field but were stopped on the LSU 1-yard line as the game ended resulting in a 7–3 victory for LSU in Tiger Stadium.
  • 1960Sugar Bowl – On Jan 1, 1960, one of the most anticipated rematches in college football history took place. This game, however, would not be the classic that transpired only weeks before. (When LSU upset the Rebels 7-3 in Baton Rouge) Ole Miss dominated the game from start to finish and came away with a decisive 21-0 win over the Tigers. LSU finished the season having only given up 29 points. While the Rebels only allowed their opponents 21 points the entire year. No one team scored on Ole Miss' first team defense.

TEAM STATS: First Downs OLE MISS 19 LSU 6, Rushing OLE MISS 51-140 LSU 32-(-15), Passing OLE MISS 15-27-2 LSU 9-25-1, Passing Yards OLE MISS 223 LSU 89, Total Offense OLE MISS 78-363 LSU 57-74, Punting OLE MISS 6-37.5 LSU 12-34.3, Fumbles-Lost OLE MISS 4-2 LSU 2-0 Penalties-YDS OLE MISS 7-65 LSU 4-30

Charles McClendon era (1962–1979)[edit]

  • 1966Cotton Bowl Classic – Unranked LSU upset undefeated and #2 ranked Arkansas, winning the game 14–7 and snapping Arkansas' 22-game winning streak.
  • 1972 – No. 6 LSU survived an upset bid from unranked Ole Miss in Tiger Stadium by winning the game on a TD pass from QB Bert Jones to RB Brad Davis. Ole Miss fans say the 1972 contest featured a few seconds of free football. The Tigers trailed the Rebels 16–10 with four seconds to play. After a lengthy incompletion by Jones, the game clock still showed one second remaining. The Tigers used the precious second to win the game on the "last play," 17–16. A song was written to commemorate the game, called "One Second Blues", (track #11) which is featured on the CD "Hey Fightin' Tigers". The alleged home-clock advantage inspired a sign at the Louisiana state line (as you left Mississippi) reading, "You are now entering Louisiana. Set your clocks back four seconds." For that year, the Ole Miss yearbook reported the score for the game as "Ole Miss 16, LSU 10 + 7 ".

Stovall-Arnsparger-Archer-Hallman era (1980–1994)[edit]

  • 1982 – LSU defeated Alabama 20–10 in Birmingham, Alabama in what would be Bear Bryant's last game coaching against LSU. At the end of the season Coach Bryant retired and died two months later. During Bryant's post-game interview, he referred to LSU's dominant defensive performance as being "an old-fashioned butt-whipping". LSU's Defense held Alabama to just 80-yards of total offense, the lowest offensive production in Alabama history. Later that week, LSU's defensive front seven of Melancon and Joiner (OLBs), Richardson & Williams (ILBs) and Marshall, Elko & Dardar (DL) were named the "Associated Press Sportswriters' Defensive Player of the Week". It was the first time an entire front-seven unit was so named. The LSU Secondary of Britt, Hobley, Dale & Clark were also instrumental in the shutdown but were overlooked for the AP honor.
  • 1988"The Earthquake Game" – Unranked LSU staged a near literal earth-shattering upset victory over No. 4 Auburn in Tiger Stadium, winning the game 7–6 with 1:41 remaining on a TD pass from QB Tommy Hodson to TB Eddie Fuller. The reaction of the crowd was so immense that it registered as an earthquake on a seismograph in LSU’s Howe-Russell Geoscience Complex.

Gerry Dinardo era (1995–1999)[edit]

  • 1995 – Wearing its white jerseys at home in Tiger Stadium for the first time since 1982, LSU upset No. 5 Auburn, winning the game 12–6 as LSU DB Troy Twillie intercepted Auburn QB Patrick Nix's 11-yard pass into the end zone with no time remaining. This game marked a return to national significance in head coach Gerry DiNardo's first season.
  • 1997 – After nine straight losses to Steve Spurrier-led Florida, No. 14 LSU shocked the No. 1-ranked defending national champion Gators 28–21 in Tiger Stadium, making the cover of Sports Illustrated. It was the first time LSU beat a No. 1 ranked team and the first time the goalposts were ever torn down in Tiger Stadium.

Nick Saban era (2000–2004)[edit]

2004 Sugar Bowl (BCS National Championship Game), LSU 21 - Oklahoma 14
  • 2000 – In head coach Nick Saban's first season, LSU returned to national prominence by beating #11 Tennessee in overtime 38-31 on ESPN after which the goal posts were torn down for only the 2nd time in the history of Tiger Stadium. The victory over Tennessee also marked the first time that LSU played in an overtime game at home. Just a few weeks later, the goal posts were again ripped down as LSU beat Alabama 30-28 on CBS in Baton Rouge for the first time in 31 years. This was the 3rd and final time that the goal posts came down in Death Valley.
  • 20012001 SEC Championship Game – #21 LSU staged an upset victory over #2 Tennessee, winning 31–20. The victory earned LSU a spot in its first Sugar Bowl since 1986, and knocked the Volunteers out of national title contention.
  • 2002"The Bluegrass Miracle" – No. 16 LSU survived an upset bid from unranked Kentucky by winning the game 33–30 on a miraculous 75-yard Hail Mary pass as time expired. Kentucky coach Guy Morriss had gotten the traditional "Gatorade Bath" right before the Hail Mary. Kentucky fans, believing they had won, had already rushed the field and torn down one goal post.
  • 2003 – No. 11 LSU outlasted No. 7 Georgia, 17-10. With ESPN College Gameday on hand for the first time since 1997, Quarterback Matt Mauck found wide receiver Skyler Green for a 34-yard touchdown with 3:03 remaining in the game. All-American cornerback Corey Webster sealed the victory with an interception in the final minute. The game is notable for the LSU fans chanting LSU-LSU after a Georgia touchdown. Georgia head coach Mark Richt was quoted as saying, "Usually when the opposing team does well, the crowd quiets down. All I began to hear was a chant 'L-S-U, L-S-U.' It got louder and louder and louder. It was the loudest I've ever heard a stadium." The win catapulted LSU onto the national scene where they would go on to win the 2003 National Championship.
  • 20042004 Sugar Bowl (BCS National Championship Game) – LSU becomes the BCS national champion by defeating Oklahoma 21–14.

Les Miles era (2005–present)[edit]

2007 National Championship Trophy - AFCA National Championship Trophy
  • 2005 – LSU vs Arizona State – An LSU home game and Les Miles' first as head coach at LSU was moved to Arizona State's Sun Devil Stadium due to the effects of Hurricane Katrina. With one endzone painted with "www.KatrinaSRF.com" and the other with "Together We Stand" along with logos of the states of Louisiana and Arizona, LSU rallied in the fourth quarter for a 35-31 comeback victory. Trailing 17-7 in the fourth quarter, LSU returned a blocked field goal and punt for touchdowns to ignite the comeback. The lead went back-and-forth with Arizona State taking a 31-28 lead with 4:07 to play. Quarterback JaMarcus Russell then lead the Tigers on a 10-play, 91-yard drive capped with a 39-yard touchdown pass to Early Doucet on fourth-and-10 to give LSU a 35-31 lead. LSU's defense then stopped Arizona State on downs at the LSU 30-yard line to secure the victory.
  • 2006 – LSU vs Tennessee – QB JaMarcus Russell completes a touchdown pass to WR Early Doucet with 9 seconds to go to beat Tennessee in Neyland Stadium in Knoxville after a breakout performance by Tennessee backup QB Jonathan Crompton.
  • 2007 – No. 2 LSU played what was hyped as one of the most exciting games ever played in Tiger Stadium against No. 9 Florida. The game is also known for the LSU students leaving thousands of messages on the phone of Florida quarterback, Tim Tebow, prompting him to give a "telephone" hand gesture to the LSU student section following an early touchdown. Florida began the fourth quarter with a 24–14 lead, but behind solid defense and being a perfect 5 for 5 on fourth down conversions, the Tigers were able to take the lead 28–24 with 1:06 left in the game after a Jacob Hester touchdown to defeat the Gators. It was LSU's first national primetime game on CBS since 1981.
  • 20082008 BCS National Championship Game – No. 2 LSU defeats No. 1 Ohio State University in the BCS national championship 38–24, becoming the first school to win two BCS national championship titles and improving their BCS record to 4–0, the best of any team. They also became the first two loss team to ever play in the BCS national championship.
  • 2010 – In the 5th game of the 2010 season, undefeated no. 12 LSU trailed the Volunteers 14 – 10 with 0:04 left on the clock and the ball spotted on the Tennessee 2-yard line. On 3rd & Goal, after a failed QB sneak attempt and with time disappearing off the clock, LSU attempted to send in several players for a substitution package. Seeing that the time was about to expire, Center T-Bob Hebert snapped the ball before Jefferson was ready, the ball was fumbled, Jefferson was tackled, and the clock expired. On further review, Tennessee was penalized half the distance to the goalline for illegal participation. Amid the confusion in the waning seconds, Tennessee coaches sent 4 players onto the field when they saw LSU make a substitution. Only 2 players then left the field, leaving the Vols with 13 players lined up on defense. Due to the penalty, LSU got the ball back for a single untimed play on the 1-yard line. With their last play, LSU's Stevan Ridley received the toss sweep, charging forward, only to be hit near the line of scrimmage, but continued to drive forward through two Tennessee defenders and into the endzone for the game winning score – final score LSU 16, Tennessee 14.
  • 2011 – "The Game of the Century" – The ninth regulation game of the season for LSU found the No. 1 nationally ranked Tigers against the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide in a match called the "Game of the Century"[4] or the "Matchup of the Year".[5] Both teams were undefeated and both teams were coming off a bye week; viewed as important to the BCS Championship game as the "inside track" by many sportswriters, the press built up the game in a Super Bowl-style atmosphere. Ultimately, the game came down to field position and a series of field goals as the top-ranked defense of both teams prevented any touchdowns. Alabama missed three field goals and a fourth was blocked during regulation, leading to a 6-6 tie heading into overtime. On the first possession of OT, Alabama again missed a field goal from 52 yards out, only to watch LSU earn the win on the next possession with a chip-shot field goal. As a result, it's the second-lowest scoring matchup between No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the history of the NCAA, with a 9-6 decision.[6]
  • 2012BCS National Championship Game – For the first time in BCS National Championship history, two SEC teams, the No. 1 LSU Tigers and the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide, faced each other in the National Championship Game. Alabama won the game, 21-0. The SEC-only title game added impetus to the push for a national playoff system and hastened the death of the BCS system as implemented up to that time.[7]

Logos and uniforms[edit]

Helmets[edit]

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Pre-1946, LSU wore leather helmets.

From 1947 through 1955, LSU wore an old gold helmet.

In 1956, head coach Paul Dietzel changed the color of the helmet to a yellow-gold similar to that of the Green Bay Packers. It featured a white one-inch center stripe with purple three-quarter inch flanking stripes.

From 1957 through 1971, LSU added jersey numbers to the sides of the helmet.

In 1972, the first logo was introduced, a tiger head inside a purple circle with LSU written underneath the tiger head.

In 1977, LSU introduced its current helmet. The logo features curved LSU lettering written above the Tiger head logo with purple face masks.

In 2014, LSU introduced a new Tiger head logo.

Special helmets[edit]

In 1997, LSU wore White helmets in the Independence Bowl vs Notre Dame.[8]

In 2007, LSU wore white helmets in a game against Tulane to promote relief for Hurricane Katrina.

In 2009, LSU wore "old" gold styled helmets in a game against Arkansas as part of a Nike Pro Combat promotion. The uniforms were donned "Couchon De Lait" which is cajun for pig roast. The name stemmed from LSU's cajun culture and the mascot of Arkansas being the razorbacks, a type of wild boar or pig.[9]

In 2011 for a Nike Pro Combat promotion, the Tigers wore a white helmet with old gold and purple stripes to accompany a white uniform.[10]

Jerseys[edit]

The current style of jerseys were introduced by coach Paul Dietzel in 1957 with "TV" numerals on the shoulders. Those numbers were moved to the sleeves in 1959.

LSU's white jerseys have purple numbers on the front, back and sleeves with a gold center stripe flanked by two purple stripes encircling the shoulders.

LSU's purple jerseys have white numbers on the front, back and sleeves with a white center stripe flanked by two yellow stripes encircling the shoulders.

Since the wearing of white jerseys has become a tradition for LSU football, the white jerseys are typically worn for both home and away games.[11] The exception is for non-SEC home games other than the home opener where LSU wears purple jerseys.

Pants[edit]

The team traditionally wears one style of pants, which are gold with white and purple trim.

For a 1995 game at Kentucky, the Tigers wore purple pants, which had no stripes and a tiger head logo on the left thigh. LSU lost to the Wildcats 24–16 and the pants were never worn again.

LSU has worn white pants on six occasions since 1996

  • Three times with gold jerseys vs. Vanderbilt in 1996, vs. Notre Dame in the 1997 Independence Bowl, and at Florida in 1998.
  • Once with purple jerseys, in a 2007 game at Tulane to promote relief for Hurricane Katrina.
  • Twice with white jerseys, in a 2009 game against Arkansas and 2011 game against Auburn for a Nike Pro Combat promotion.These uniforms were made to look like White Tigers.[10]

Traditions[edit]

5-Yard lines - Tiger Stadium also is notable for putting all yard line numbers on the field, not just those that are multiples of 10. However, the 10-yard-line numbers are the only numbers that get directional arrows, as the rules make no provision for 5-yard-line numbers.

First, Second and Third Down Cheers - When the Tigers are on offense and earn a first down, the fans perform the "First Down Cheer". It includes the "Hold that Tiger" musical phrase from "Tiger Rag" played by the LSU band and the fans shout "Geaux Tigers" at the end of each phrase. The "Second Down Cheer" is a musical selection that is followed by the crowd chanting L-S-U! The "Third Down Cheer" is based on the song "Eye of the Tiger" made famous by Survivor.

Geaux Tigers - A common cheer for all LSU athletics, Geaux Tigers, pronounced "Go Tigers", is derived from a common ending in French Cajun names, -eaux. Acknowledging the state’s French heritage, it is common for fans to issue LSU newcomers an endearing “French” name. Intended to be more humorous than grammatically correct, coaches are especially targeted. Gerry DiNardo became “Dinardeaux”, Nick Saban became “Nick C’est Bon”.

Geaux to Hell Ole Miss - When LSU is playing their rival, Ole Miss, LSU fans shout "Geaux to Hell Ole Miss. Geaux to hell" frequently, and signs with the same saying can be seen throughout the stadium. Ole Miss fans typically respond with "Go to hell, LSU!" Legend has it this was started prior to the 1959 contest when Coach Paul Dietzel, trying to motivate his troops, hired a plane to litter the LSU campus with flyers saying, "Go to Hell, LSU!" When word of this reached Oxford, Johnny Vaught, not to be outdone, responded in kind by littering the Ole Miss campus with flyers saying, "Go to Hell, Ole Miss!" Saturday night, 30 minutes prior to kickoff, Tiger Stadium was already packed with the crowd split down the middle between Tigers and Rebels. Each set of fans were shouting at the top of their lungs to the other, "Go to Hell!" The tradition has stuck ever since.

H style goal posts - LSU's Tiger Stadium sports "H" style goal posts, as opposed to the more modern "Y" style used by most other schools today. This "H" style allows the team to run through the goal post in the north endzone when entering the field.

The crossbar from the goalposts which stood in the north end zone of Tiger Stadium from 1955 through 1984 is now mounted above the door which leads from LSU's locker room onto the playing field. The crossbar is painted with the word "WIN!", and superstition dictates every player entering the field touch the bar on his way out the door.

Hot boudin - LSU's famous cheer before games and during about famous food in Louisiana. It goes " Hot boudin, cold coush-coush, come on tigers, push push push." Push is pronounced poosh to rhyme with coush-coush [koosh-koosh]. Coush-coush is a Cajun dish generally served for breakfast.[12]

Jersey 18
Jersey No. 18 was an LSU tradition established in 2003 when Quarterback Matt Mauck guided LSU to the National Championship. After Mauck's final season, he passed jersey No. 18 to running back Jacob Hester who helped LSU win the 2007 National Championship. The jersey became synonymous with success on and off the field as well as having a selfless attitude. Each season, a Tiger player is voted to wear the No. 18 jersey.

Night Games in Tiger Stadium
The tradition of playing night games in Tiger Stadium began on October 3, 1931 when LSU defeated Spring Hill 35-0. Several reasons were cited for playing at night such as avoiding the heat and humidity of afternoon games, avoiding scheduling conflicts with Tulane and Loyola football and giving more fans the opportunity to see the Tigers play. Attendance increased and night football became an LSU tradition. LSU has also traditionally played better during night games based on winning percentage.

Pregame Show - Louisiana State University Tiger Marching Band "pregame show" was created in 1964, and revised over the next nine years into its current format. The marching band lines up along the end zone shortly before kick off. Then the band strikes up a drum cadence and begins to spread out evenly across the field. When the front of the band reaches the center of the field, the band stops and begins to play an arrangement of "Pregame" (Hold that Tiger). While it does this, the band turns to salute the fans in all four corners of the stadium. Then the band, resuming its march across the field, begins playing "Touchdown for LSU." At this point, the LSU crowd chants "L-S-U, L-S-U, L-S-U..."

South End Zone
The south end zone in Tiger Stadium has been the scene of many memorable plays in LSU history, but it is best known for its goal line stands.

The first memorable goal line stand occurred in the 1959 "Cannon's Halloween Run" game vs. Ole Miss. Billy Cannon returned a punt 89 yards for a touchdown, but it took a goal line stand with Warren Rabb and Billy Cannon stopping Ole Miss' Doug Elmore at the goal line with time expiring to seal the victory. In 1971, LSU had three goal line stands vs. Notre Dame to win 28-8. The most memorable of the three was the first with Notre Dame on the one-yard line, Ronnie Estay and Louis Cascio hit Notre Dame's Andy Huff at the goal line to prevent a touchdown. In a 1988 game vs. Texas A&M, LSU stopped the Aggies at the two-yard line despite the distraction of a bank of lights going dark midway through Texas A&M's series of plays. LSU's defense earned the nickname the "Lights Out Defense" following the stop. Other memorable goal line stands include 1985 Colorado State, 1985 Florida, 1986 North Carolina, 1986 Notre Dame, 1991 Florida State, 1992 Mississippi State and 1996 Vanderbilt.

Tailgating - For home football games, LSU fans from every corner of the region, well over ninety thousand, descend on the Baton Rouge campus; setting up motor homes and tents for one of Louisiana's biggest parties as early as Thursday before Saturday football games.[13] Tailgating is found across the entire campus with many fans tailgating in the same spot year after year. Some tailgaters form affiliations or organizations and name their "tailgating krewes".

LSU has continually been ranked as the top tailgating location in the country. ESPN.com ranked LSU as the top tailgating destination in America. The Sporting News proclaimed "Saturday Night in Death Valley" and Tiger tailgating as the top tradition in college football. LSU's tailgating was named No. 1 in a Associated Press poll on top tailgating spots and by a CNN network survey on top tailgating locations.[14]

Visiting team supporters can be heckled and chants of "Tiger Bait! Tiger Bait!" are sometimes directed at opposing teams fans. The opposing fans who take the jeers and jaunts with a sporting disposition will be invited to join in on the party, the drink, the regional Cajun cuisine, the spirit of Saturday night in Baton Rouge, and the vibrant tradition of LSU football.[13] During men's basketball season, you can find RV's tailgating the day before a weekend game and during baseball season some fans will tailgate for the entire three days of a weekend series.

Tiger Bait - LSU fans will yell "Tiger Bait, Tiger Bait" at visiting fans who wear their team colors.

Tiger Bandits - Whenever LSU forces a turnover or gets the ball back via a defensive stop, the LSU band plays the Tiger Bandits song and LSU fans bow in respect to the defensive stop. The original title of the song was called "Chinese Bandits", but the title was eventually changed to "Tiger Bandits" (or just simply "Bandits") to make the tradition more inclusive. The term "Chinese Bandits" originated as the nickname that LSU Coach Paul Dietzel gave to the defensive unit he organized in 1958, which helped LSU to win its first national championship. The next season, the 1959 Chinese Bandit defense held their opponents to an average of only 143.2 yards per game. No LSU defense since has done better.

Victory Gold - In 2012, a new tradition was established at Tiger Stadium. Following an LSU football victory, the lights that illuminate the upper arches on the north end of the stadium light up in LSU "Victory Gold".

Victory Hill - The LSU football players, coaches, cheerleaders and Mike the Tiger in his cage, "Walk Down Victory Hill" on North Stadium Drive prior to each home game on their way to Tiger Stadium. Thousands of fans line both sides of the road to watch and cheer for the Tigers football team. The practice was started under then head coach Gerry Dinardo and it endures today.

The LSU Tiger Marching Band or The Golden Band from Tigerland, Golden Girls and Colorguard, "March Down Victory Hill" about an hour prior to each home game. Fans line both sides of the road and listen for the cadence of drums announcing the band's departure from the Greek Theatre and await the arrival of the band.[15] The band stops on top of Victory Hill and begins to play their drum cadence while beginning to "March Down Victory Hill". The band then stops on Victory Hill and begins to play the opening strains of the "Pregame Salute." Then, while playing the introduction to "Touchdown for LSU," the band begins to run in tempo through the streets and down the hill amidst the crowd of cheering fans. From there, the band enters the PMAC and plays a pep ralley for TAF members.

White Jerseys - LSU is notable as one of the few college football teams that wears white jerseys for home games as opposed to their darker jerseys (in their case, purple). Most other NCAA football teams wear their darker jerseys in home games, even though football is one of the few college sports that do not require a specific jersey type for each respective team (for instance, college basketball requires home teams to wear white or light-colored jerseys while the away team wears their darker jerseys), and is similar to the NFL in letting the home team decide what to wear.

The tradition started in 1958, when Coach Paul Dietzel decided that LSU would wear white jerseys for the home games. LSU went on to win the national championship that year. Since then, LSU continued to wear white jerseys at home games through the 18-year tenure of Charles McClendon. Then in 1983, new NCAA rules prohibited teams from wearing white jerseys at home. Because of this, LSU wore purple jerseys during home games from 1983 to 1994. The team's fans believed wearing purple jerseys were "bad luck" and often complained about being forced to wear purple jerseys at home although LSU won SEC championships in 1986 and 1988 wearing purple at home. In 1993, then-coach Curley Hallman asked the NCAA for permission to wear white jerseys at home during LSU's football centennial, but was turned down.

In 1995, LSU's new coach, Gerry DiNardo, was determined to restore LSU's tradition of white home jerseys. DiNardo personally met with each member of the NCAA Football Rules Committee, lobbying LSU's case. DiNardo was successful, and LSU again began wearing white jerseys at home when the 1995 season began. In LSU's first home game with the white jerseys, unranked LSU prevailed in a 12–6 upset victory over #6 Auburn.

The 1995 rule allowing LSU to wear white at home had one stipulation: the visiting team must agree for conference and non-conference games. In 1997, the SEC amended its rule to allow the home team its choice of jersey color for conference games without prior approval of the visiting team. Therefore, only for non-conference home games does the home team seek permission to wear white jerseys at home. In 2009, the NCAA further relaxed the previous rule that required most away teams to wear white. The rule now states that teams must simply wear contrasting colors.[16]

After the 1995 rule change, on two occasions LSU was forced to wear colored jerseys at home. The first time was in 1996 against Vanderbilt, who was still angry at LSU for hiring Gerry DiNardo, who left Vanderbilt to become LSU's head coach after the 1994 season. LSU wore gold jerseys for that game (a 35–0 LSU victory), and fans were encouraged to wear white in an effort to "white out" the Commodores. The other was in 2004 when Oregon State did not want to suffer in its black jerseys due to the humid weather of Louisiana in late summer, thus forcing LSU to wear its purple jerseys for a nationally-televised game on ESPN.

After the 1995 rule change, LSU was forced to wear colored jerseys on the road on four occasions. In 1998 and 2000, Florida coach Steve Spurrier exercised this option and forced LSU to don a colored jersey at Gainesville. The Tigers wore gold in 1998 under Gerry DiNardo (lost 22–10) and purple in 2000 under Nick Saban (lost 41–9). In 2007 and 2009, LSU also wore its purple jerseys on the road at Mississippi State, but the Tigers emerged victorious both times (45–0 in 2007 and 30–26 in 2009). Prior to the rule change, in 1978 LSU lost to Mississippi State in Jackson, Mississippi wearing purple jerseys.

Currently, LSU does not wear the traditional white jerseys for every home game. LSU only wears white jerseys for the home opener and for home games against SEC opponents. For non-SEC home games other than the home opener, LSU wears purple jerseys at home.

National award winners[edit]

Players[edit]

Heisman Trophy voting history[edit]

Year Player Place Votes
1939 Ken Kavanaugh 7th
1958 Billy Cannon 3rd 975
1959 Billy Cannon 1st 1,929
1962 Jerry Stovall 2nd 618
1972 Bert Jones 4th 351
1977 Charles Alexander 9th 54
1978 Charles Alexander 5th 282
2007 Glenn Dorsey 9th 30
2011 Tyrann Mathieu 5th 327

Coaches[edit]

LSU All-Americans[edit]

Name Position Years at LSU All-America
AP WCFF AFCA FWAA TSN
Nacho Albergamo C 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987
Charles Alexander RB 1977; 1978 1977; 1978 1977; 1978 1977; 1978
Mike Anderson LB 1970; 1971 1970; 1971 1970; 1971
George Bevan LB 1969 1969
Will Blackwell OL 2008–2011 2011
James Britt CB 1978-1980, 1982 1982*
Michael Brooks LB 1985
Billy Cannon RB 1957–1959 1958; 1959 1958; 1959 1958; 1959 1958; 1959 1958; 1959
Warren Capone LB 1972; 1973 1972; 1973
Tommy Casanova DB 1969; 1970; 1971 1969; 1970; 1971 1969; 1970; 1971 1969; 1970; 1971
Morris Claiborne CB 2009–2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011
Wendell Davis WR 1987 1986; 1987 1986; 1987
Glenn Dorsey DT 2004–2007 2006; 2007 2007 2006; 2007 2007 2007
Ronnie Estay DT 1971
Alan Faneca OL 1997 1997 1997 1997
Kevin Faulk RB 1995–1998 1996
Sid Fournet T 1954 1954 1954 1954
Max Fugler C 1958
John Garlington E 1964–1967 1967
Bradie James LB 2002 2002
Josh Jasper K 2007–2010 2010 2010
Herman Johnson T 2004-2008 2008
Bert Jones QB 1972 1972
Ken Kavanaugh E 1939
Chad Kessler P 1997 1997 1997 1997
Tyler Lafauci G 1973 1973
David LaFleur TE 1996
LaRon Landry S 2003–2006 2006 2006
Chad Lavalais DT 2003 2003 2003 2003
Tyrann Mathieu CB 2010–2011 2011 2011 2011 2011
Todd McClure C 1995–1998 1998
Anthony McFarland DT 1998
Fred Miller T 1962
Sam Montgomery DE 2010–2011 2011
Stephen Peterman G 2000–2003 2003
Patrick Peterson CB 2008–2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010
Josh Reed WR 1998–2001 2001 2001 2001 2001
George Rice T 1965
Lance Smith OL 1984
Marcus Spears DE 2004 2004 2004
Craig Steltz S 2004–2007 2007 2007 2007
Jerry Stovall RB 1962 1962 1962 1962 1962
Jim Taylor RB 1957
Gaynell Tinsley E 1935; 1936 1935; 1936
Corey Webster CB 2003; 2004 2004
Ben Wilkerson C 2004 2004
Mike Williams DB 1974 1974
Brad Wing P 2011 2011
Roy Winston G 1961 1961 1961 1961 1961

SEC Legends[edit]

Main article: SEC Football Legends

Starting in 1994, the Southeastern Conference has annually honored one former football player from each SEC member school as an "SEC Legend." Through 2013, the following twenty former LSU Tigers football players have been honored as SEC Legends.

College Football Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

LSU has had 8 players and 5 head coaches inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Players[edit]

Player Pos. Career Induction
Gaynell "Gus" Tinsley E 1934–1936 1956
Ken Kavanaugh E 1937–1939 1963
Abe "Miracle" Mickal RB 1933–1935 1967
Doc Fenton QB & E 1904–1909 1971
Tommy Casanova CB 1969–1971 1995
Billy Cannon HB 1957–1959 2008
Jerry Stovall HB 1960–1962 2010
Charles Alexander TB 1975-1978 2012

Coaches[edit]

Coach Years Induction
Dana X. Bible 1916 1951
Michael "Iron Mike" Donahue 1923–1927 1951
Lawrence "Biff" Jones 1932–1934 1954
Bernie Moore 1935–1947 1954
Charles McClendon 1962–1979 1986

Retired numbers[edit]

No. Player Pos. Career Year No. Retired
20 Billy Cannon[17] RB 1957-59 1959
37 Tommy Casanova[17] DB 1969-71 2009

Rivalries[edit]

Alabama Crimson Tide[edit]

LSU and Alabama have played every year since the 1960s, with Alabama holding a historic edge in the series, 48–25–5. Many trace the origins of the rivalry back to a 15-game undefeated streak Alabama had in Tiger Stadium, which is generally considered to be one of the most hostile atmospheres in college football. While their rivalries against Auburn and Tennessee may overshadow their rivalry with LSU, the significance of this rivalry increased after Alabama hired former LSU coach Nick Saban in 2007. The bitterness and vitriol has increased over the last couple of years. The LSU-Alabama rivalry continues after the November 5, 2011 game and the 2012 National Championship where the two teams faced off. Alabama beat LSU 21-17 in Baton Rouge in 2012. Alabama also defeated LSU 38-17 in 2013. With the win, Alabama currently owns a four game winning streak over LSU.

Arkansas Razorbacks[edit]

The Golden Boot trophy is awarded to the annual winner of the Arkansas-LSU football game.

After the Razorbacks left the Southwest Conference in 1990, Arkansas joined the SEC in 1991 and began a yearly rivalry with LSU. Spurred by both the SEC and the schools, LSU and Arkansas have developed a more intense football rivalry. The winner takes home the Golden Boot, a trophy in the shape of the states of Arkansas and Louisiana that resembles a boot. The trophy was created by the SEC to try to help develop fan and player interest in the new rivalry. The game, played the day after Thanksgiving until the 2010 season, is usually the last regular season game for each team and is broadcast on CBS. In 2002, the rivalry gained momentum as the game winner would represent the Western Division of the SEC in the SEC Championship Game. Arkansas won on a last second touchdown pass by Matt Jones. In 2006, the Razorbacks, who had already clinched the SEC Western Division and were on a 10-game winning streak, were beaten by LSU in Little Rock. In 2007, Arkansas stunned top-ranked LSU in triple overtime, giving them their first win in Baton Rouge since 1993, and again defended the Golden Boot trophy with a last minute touchdown drive in 2008. A 15th ranked LSU would win back the trophy for the first time in two years in 2009 after Razorback kicker Alex Tejada missed a field goal that would have sent the game into a second overtime, solidifying LSU's record as the third best in the SEC as well as a position to go to the Capital One Bowl. The LSU Tigers were defeated at Little Rock in 2010, with Arkansas winning 31–23 which sent the Razobacks to their first-ever BCS appearance at the Allstate Sugar Bowl. In 2011, the #1 ranked Tigers defeated the Razorbacks 41-17 in Tiger Stadium, after overcoming a 14-0 deficit.

Auburn Tigers[edit]

While Auburn's rivalries against Alabama and Georgia may overshadow its rivalry with LSU, in the 2000s, LSU's biggest rival was the Auburn Tigers. The two share more than just a nickname, as they have both enjoyed success in the SEC's Western Division and plenty of memorable match ups. Either Auburn or LSU has won at least a share of the SEC Western Division championship for eight of the last eleven years. The home team won every game from 2000 through 2007, until visiting LSU defeated Auburn in 2008. Both the 2007 and 2008 games saw LSU win dramatic, come-from-behind victories with last minute touchdown passes.

Florida Gators[edit]

Although both universities were founding members of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in December 1932, the Florida Gators and Tigers did not meet on the gridiron for the first time until 1937. LSU is Florida's permanent inter-divisional rival. LSU has played Florida every year since 1971. Florida leads the series 31–26–3. The longest winning streak in the LSU–Florida series is held by Florida, with nine victories from 1988 to 1996. LSU's longest winning streak is four, from 1977 to 1980. The winner of the Florida-LSU game went on to win the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) national championship game from 2006-2008. Some of the notable games in this rivalry include the 1960: Wristband Robbery, 1964: Hurricane Delay, 1972: Flooded Swamp, 1989: College Football's First Overtime Game, 1997: LSU's Revenge, 2006: Tebow Domination, and 2007: 5 for 5 on fourth down.

With a few exceptions, this rivalry has been known for close games in recent years, with both teams usually coming into the match-up highly ranked. The Gators and Tigers have combined to win five national championships and eleven SEC titles over the past two decades.

Mississippi State Bulldogs[edit]

The LSU–Mississippi State rivalry, is an annual football game between the Louisiana State Tigers and Mississippi State Bulldogs. Both universities are founding members of the Southeastern Conference, as well as the Western Division. This rivalry is LSU's longest rivalry with 108 meetings. LSU is second only to Ole Miss (3 games behind) on Mississippi St.’s list of most-commonly played opponents. The Tigers lead the series 71-34-3.

Mississippi State's 34-29 victory on September 20, 2014 was the Bulldogs' first over LSU since 1999, their first in Baton Rouge since 1991, and just their fourth overall since 1985.

Ole Miss Rebels[edit]

Main article: Magnolia Bowl

LSU's traditional SEC rival is Ole Miss. Throughout the fifties and sixties, games between the two schools featured highly ranked squads on both sides and seemingly every contest had conference, and at times national, title implications. The Magnolia Bowl Trophy is now awarded to the winner of the LSU-Ole Miss rivalry now known as the "Magnolia Bowl". Recently, the second to last regular season game has been between these two colleges. There is still a strong rivalry between both schools.

From 1961 through 1988, LSU did not play on the Ole Miss campus in Oxford, Mississippi. Instead, all of the Rebels' home dates in the series were contested at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson. LSU and Ole Miss played at Oxford in 1989 for the first time in 29 seasons, then moved the series permanently to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in 1994 after the 1991 and 1992 contests returned to Jackson.

Tulane Green Wave[edit]

Main article: Battle for the Rag

LSU's oldest rival is Tulane; the first LSU-Tulane football game was played in 1893 and for the first fifty or so years of Tiger football, no team was more hated by LSU fans than the Green Wave. The series, in which they battle for the Tiger Rag, was played continuously from 1919 to 1994. The intrastate rivalry featured two teams which were geographically close (Baton Rouge and New Orleans are roughly 80 miles (130 km) apart) and drew on socio-political tensions between the state's capital and seat of government and its biggest and most culturally important city. As opponents in the SIAA, Southern Conference and SEC, the Tulane rivalry flourished for many years but slowly declined after Tulane left the SEC and de-emphasized athletics. Until 1949, the series was very competitive, with LSU leading 23–18–5; since 1949, LSU has dominated, going 45–4–2. The two teams renewed the annual series in 2006 and ended it again after the 2009 meeting. However, as a condition for ending the annual series, the two teams will play each other in New Orleans (at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, not at Tulane's on-campus Yulman Stadium) sometime in the near future.

Texas A&M Aggies[edit]

Texas A&M is LSU's ninth oldest collegiate-football rivalry. LSU leads the series 30-20-3. The Tigers and Aggies have faced each other in two bowl games. LSU won the January 1, 1944, Orange Bowl 19–14 and LSU won the January 7, 2011 Cotton Bowl Classic 41-24. From 1945-1988 was the most dominant span by either team in the series history. LSU was 20-5-1 vs Texas A&M during this span. LSU won the first ever SEC matchup between the two teams 24-19 at Kyle Field. It currently has been 19 years since Texas A&M has defeated LSU in a football game.

All-time record vs. current SEC members through 2014[edit]

School LSU Record Streak 1st Meeting Last Meeting
Alabama 25–49–5 Lost 4 1895 2014
Arkansas 37–21–2 Lost 1 1901 2014
Auburn 27–20–1 Lost 1 1901 2014
Florida 27–31–3 Won 2 1937 2014
Georgia 16–13–1 Lost 1 1928 2013
Kentucky 40–16–1 Won 2 1949 2014
Ole Miss 59–40–4 Won 1 1894 2014
Mississippi State 71–34–3 Lost 1 1896 2014
Missouri 0–1–0 Lost 1 1978 1978
South Carolina 17–2–1 Won 5 1930 2012
Tennessee 9–20–3 Won 4 1925 2011
Texas A&M 30-20–3 Won 4 1899 2014
Vanderbilt 22–7–1 Won 7 1902 2010

All-time record vs. Opponents through 2013[edit]

School LSU Record 1st Meeting Last Meeting
Akron 1-0-0 1997 1997
Alabama 25-48-5 1895 2013
Appalachian State 2-0-0 2005 2008
Arizona 3-0-0 1984 2006
Arizona State 1-0-0 2005 2005
Arkansas 37-20-2 1901 2013
Arkansas State 3-0-0 1991 2004
Army 0-1-0 1931 1931
Auburn 27-20-1 1901 2013
Baylor 8-3-0 1907 1985
Boston College 2-0-0 1947 1953
Cal State Fullerton 1-0-0 1987 1987
Centenary 3-1-1 1895 1933
Chattanooga 1-0-0 1954 1954
Cincinnati 0-1-0 1897 1897
Citadel 1-0-0 2002 2002
Clemson 2-1-0 1959 2012
Colorado 5-1-0 1962 1980
Colorado State 1-1-0 1985 1992
Cumberland 0-1-0 1903 1903
Dakota Wesleyan 1-0-0 1930 1930
Duke 1-1-0 1929 1958
East Carolina 1-0-0 1985 1985
Florida 26-31-3 1937 2013
Florida State 2-7-0 1968 1991
Fordham 2-0-0 1942 1946
Fresno State 1-0-0 2006 2006
Furman 1-0-0 2013 2013
George Washington 1-0-0 1934 1934
Georgia 16-13-1 1928 2013
Georgia Tech 7-12-0 1915 2008
Hardin-Simmons 1-0-0 1958 1958
Haskell Indian Nations 1-1-0 1908 1914
Havana University 1-0-0 1907 1907
Holy Cross 2-1-0 1939 1941
Houston 2-1-0 1996 2000
Howard 1-0-0 1907 1907
Idaho 2-0-0 1998 2012
Illinois 1-0-0 2002 2002
Indiana 2-1-0 1924 1978
Iowa 1-1-0 2004 2013
Iowa State 1-0-0 1971 1971
Jefferson College 6-0-0 1913 1920
Kansas State 1-0-0 1980 1980
Kent State 1-0-0 2013 2013
Kentucky 39-16-1 1949 2011
Louisiana College 2-0-0 1928 1929
Louisiana-Lafayette (1) 22-0-0 1902 2009
Louisiana-Monroe (2) 2-0-0 2003 2010
Louisiana Tech 18-1-0 1901 2009
Loyola (New Orleans) 4-1-0 1922 1939
Manhattan 1-0-0 1935 1935
Maryland 0-3-0 1951 1955
McNeese State 1-0-0 2010 2010
Mercer 1-0-0 1940 1940
Miami (Fla.) 9-3-0 1946 2005
Miami (Ohio) 2-1-0 1986 2002
Michigan State 1-0-0 1995 1995
Middle Tennessee 2-0-0 2001 2007
School LSU Record 1st Meeting Last Meeting
Millsaps 2-1-0 1900 1933
Mississippi 58-40-4 1894 2013
Mississippi College 9-0-1 1910 1923
Mississippi State 71-33-3 * 1896 2013
Missouri 0-1-0 1978 1978
Nebraska 0-5-1 1971 1987
New Mexico State 1-0-0 1996 1996
North Carolina 6-1-0 1948 2010
Northwestern State (3) 11-0-0 1911 2011
Notre Dame 5-5-0 1970 2006
North Texas 4-0-0 1995 2012
Ohio 1-0-0 1989 1989
Ohio State 1-1-1 1987 2007
Oklahoma 1-1-0 1950 2004
Oklahoma State 1-0-0 1956 1956
Oregon 3-1-0 1932 2011
Oregon State 4-0-0 1976 2004
Pacific 3-0-0 1950 1972
Penn State 0-2-0 1974 2009
Rice 37-13-5 1915 1995
Rutgers 0-1-0 1922 1922
San Jose State 1-0-0 1999 1999
Santa Clara 0-2-0 1937 1938
Sewanee 3-6-0 1899 1932
SMU 0-1-1 1922 1934
South Carolina 17-2-1 1930 2012
Southeastern Louisiana 1-0-0 1949 1949
Southern California 1-1-0 1979 1984
Southern Mississippi 1-1-0 1951 1994
Southwestern (Tenn.) 1-0-0 1908 1908
Sam Houston State 0-0-0 2014 2014
Southwestern Texas 1-0-0 1911 1911
Spring Hill 8-0-0 1920 1932
Stanford 0-1-0 1977 1977
Syracuse 1-1-0 1965 1989
TCU 6-2-1 1931 2013
Tennessee 9-20-3 1925 2011
Texas 7-9-1 1896 2003
Texas A&M 30-20-3 1899 2014
Texas-El Paso 1-0-0 1997 1997
Texas Tech 2-0-0 1954 1957
Towson 1-0-0 2012 2012
Transylvania 1-0-0 1909 1909
Troy 2-0-0 2004 2008
Tulane 69-22-7 1893 2009
UAB 1-1-0 2000 2013
Utah 2-0-0 1974 1976
Utah State 2-0-0 1993 2001
Vanderbilt 22-7-1 1902 2010
Virginia Tech 1-1-0 2002 2007
Wake Forest 3-0-0 1960 1979
Washington 3-0-0 1983 2012
West Virginia 2-0-0 2010 2011
Western Carolina 1-0-0 2000 2000
Western Illinois 1-0-0 2003 2003
Western Kentucky 1-0-0 2011 2011
Wichita State 1-0-0 1984 1984
Wisconsin 2-0-0 1971 1972
Wyoming 3-0-0 1968 1978
LSU has an 18-4 record in official games against a group of opponents consisting of military and club teams included in their overall record.
(1) - Formerly Southwestern Louisiana
(2) - Formerly Northeast Louisiana
(3) - Formerly Louisiana Normal
* - 1975 and 1976 games forfeited to LSU by NCAA[18]

College Football Playoff Rankings and Polls[edit]

College Football Playoff rankings[edit]

The LSU Tigers football team finished in the Top 25 in the first College Football Playoff rankings.

Preseason polls[edit]

The LSU Tigers football team has been ranked #1 in the Pre-season Associated Press Poll (AP Poll) in 1959 and the Pre-season Coaches' Poll in 2012.

Final polls[edit]

The LSU Tigers football team finished the season ranked #1 in the Final Associated Press Poll (AP Poll) in 1958 and 2007. The Tigers were ranked #1 in the Final Coaches' Poll in 1958, 2003 and 2007.[19] The Tigers also finished #2 in the Final AP Poll in 2003 and 2011 and the Final Coaches Poll in 2011.

Bowl games[edit]

LSU has played in 45 bowl games, compiling a record of 23–21–1. They will play in their 46th bowl game on December 30, 2014.

Season Date Bowl Game Winner Loser W L T
1907 December 25, 1907 Bacardi Bowl* LSU 56 Havana University 0 0 0 0
1935 January 1, 1936 Sugar Bowl Texas Christian 3 LSU 2 0 1 0
1936 January 1, 1937 Sugar Bowl Santa Clara (CA) 21 LSU 14 0 2 0
1937 January 1, 1938 Sugar Bowl Santa Clara (CA) 6 LSU 0 0 3 0
1943 January 1, 1944 Orange Bowl LSU 19 Texas A&M 14 1 3 0
1946 January 1, 1947 Cotton Bowl Classic LSU 0 Arkansas 0 1 3 1
1949 January 2, 1950 Sugar Bowl Oklahoma 35 LSU 0 1 4 1
1958 January 1, 1959 Sugar Bowl LSU 7 Clemson 0 2 4 1
1959 January 1, 1960 Sugar Bowl Ole Miss 21 LSU 0 2 5 1
1961 January 1, 1962 Orange Bowl LSU 25 Colorado 7 3 5 1
1962 January 1, 1963 Cotton Bowl Classic LSU 13 Texas 0 4 5 1
1963 December 21, 1963 Bluebonnet Bowl Baylor 14 LSU 7 4 6 1
1964 January 1, 1965 Sugar Bowl LSU 13 Syracuse 10 5 6 1
1965 January 1, 1966 Cotton Bowl Classic LSU 14 Arkansas 7 6 6 1
1967 January 1, 1968 Sugar Bowl LSU 20 Wyoming 14 7 6 1
1968 December 30, 1968 Peach Bowl LSU 31 Florida State 27 8 6 1
1970 January 1, 1971 Orange Bowl Nebraska 17 LSU 12 8 7 1
1971 December 18, 1971 Sun Bowl LSU 35 Iowa State 15 9 7 1
1972 December 30, 1972 Bluebonnet Bowl Tennessee 24 LSU 17 9 8 1
1973 January 1, 1974 Orange Bowl Penn State 16 LSU 9 9 9 1
1977 December 31, 1977 Sun Bowl Stanford 24 LSU 14 9 10 1
1978 December 23, 1978 Liberty Bowl Missouri 20 LSU 15 9 11 1
1979 December 22, 1979 Tangerine Bowl LSU 34 Wake Forest 10 10 11 1
1982 January 1, 1983 Orange Bowl Nebraska 21 LSU 20 10 12 1
1984 January 1, 1985 Sugar Bowl Nebraska 28 LSU 10 10 13 1
1985 December 27, 1985 Liberty Bowl Baylor 21 LSU 7 10 14 1
1986 January 1, 1987 Sugar Bowl Nebraska 30 LSU 15 10 15 1
1987 December 31, 1987 Gator Bowl LSU 30 South Carolina 13 11 15 1
1988 January 2, 1989 Hall of Fame Bowl Syracuse 23 LSU 10 11 16 1
1995 December 29, 1995 Independence Bowl LSU 45 Michigan State 26 12 16 1
1996 December 28, 1996 Peach Bowl LSU 10 Clemson 7 13 16 1
1997 December 28, 1997 Independence Bowl LSU 27 Notre Dame 9 14 16 1
2000 December 29, 2000 Peach Bowl LSU 28 Georgia Tech 14 15 16 1
2001 January 2, 2002 Sugar Bowl LSU 47 Illinois 34 16 16 1
2002 January 1, 2003 Cotton Bowl Classic Texas 35 LSU 20 16 17 1
2003 January 4, 2004 Sugar Bowl (BCS National Championship Game) LSU 21 Oklahoma 14 17 17 1
2004 January 1, 2005 Capital One Bowl Iowa 30 LSU 25 17 18 1
2005 December 30, 2005 Peach Bowl LSU 40 Miami (FL) 3 18 18 1
2006 January 3, 2007 Sugar Bowl LSU 41 Notre Dame 14 19 18 1
2007 January 7, 2008 BCS National Championship Game LSU 38 Ohio State 24 20 18 1
2008 December 31, 2008 Chick-Fil-A Bowl LSU 38 Georgia Tech 3 21 18 1
2009 January 1, 2010 Capital One Bowl Penn State 19** LSU 17 21 19 1
2010 January 7, 2011 Cotton Bowl Classic LSU 41 Texas A&M 24 22 19 1
2011 January 9, 2012 BCS National Championship Game Alabama 21 LSU 0 22 20 1
2012 December 31, 2012 Chick-Fil-A Bowl Clemson 25 LSU 24 22 21 1
2013 January 1, 2014 Outback Bowl LSU 21 Iowa 14 23 21 1
2014 December 30, 2014 Music City Bowl vs. Notre Dame
Totals 46 23 21 1
*LSU does not count the victory against Havana University among its bowl games and bowl wins.
**Penn State vacated the win due to NCAA sanctions, however, this does not give LSU a victory.[20]

LSU and the NFL[edit]

LSU Tigers players in the NFL Draft[edit]

The LSU Tigers football team has had 318 players drafted into the National Football League (NFL).[21] This includes 38 players taken in the first round and two overall number one picks, Billy Cannon in the 1960 NFL Draft and 1960 AFL Draft, and Jamarcus Russell in the 2007 NFL Draft.[22]

Pro Football Hall of Fame[edit]

Three former LSU football players have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Stadiums[edit]

Tiger Stadium[edit]

Main article: Tiger Stadium (LSU)

Tiger Stadium is the 102,321 capacity home of the LSU Tigers football team. The stadium is the sixth largest on-campus stadium in the NCAA and the ninth largest stadium in the world. The current record attendance of 102,321 was set on September 20, 2014 when LSU played host to Mississippi State.

Tiger Stadium contains 70 skyboxes, called "Tiger Den" suites and a 3,200 seat club level named "The Stadium Club". The Paul Manasseh Press Box is located in the west upper-deck.

On April 27, 2012, the LSU Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of a $80 million south end-zone upper deck expansion that added approximately 60 "Tiger Den" suites, 3,000 club seats and 1,500 general public seats to bring the total capacity of Tiger Stadium to 102,321 making it the 6th-largest college football stadium in the country. Construction began on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, and is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2014.[24] The project is being privately funded by Tiger Athletic Foundation.

Tiger Stadium first opened its gates in the fall of 1924 with a seating capacity of 12,000. In the season finale, LSU hosted Tulane in the first game. As of the 2012 season, LSU has gone on to post a 384-143-18 (.722) mark in Tiger Stadium. Moreover, Tiger Stadium is also known for night games, an idea that was first introduced in 1931 against Spring Hill (a 35-0 LSU victory). In 2006, LSU celebrated its 75th year of playing night football in Tiger Stadium. LSU has played the majority of its games at night and the Tigers have fared better under the lights than during the day. From 1960-2012, LSU is 221–60–4 (.782) at night in Tiger Stadium compared to a 25–26–3 (.491) record during the day over that span.[25] 384-143-18 (.722)

State Field[edit]

Main article: State Field

State Field was the former home stadium of the LSU Tigers football team from 1893-1923. The field was located on the old downtown Baton Rouge campus of LSU.

Practice and Training facilities[edit]

Charles McClendon Practice Facility[edit]

The Charles McClendon Practice Facility is the name of the LSU Tigers football practice facility. The facility features the LSU Football Operations Center, the Tigers Indoor Practice Facility and four outdoor 100-yard football practice fields.[19] In 2002, it was named after former LSU head coach and College Football Hall of Fame member, Charles McClendon.[26]

LSU Football Operations Center[edit]

The LSU Football Operations Center, built in 2006, is an all-in-one facility that includes the Tigers locker room, players' lounge, weight room, training room, equipment room, video operations center and coaches offices.[27] The operations center atrium holds team displays and graphics, trophy cases and memorabilia of LSU football.[19] A nutrition center for student athletes is being added to the facility.

The locker room features 140 stations for the players with lockable storage bins and a padded seating area. The players' lounge allows the players to access computers, play pool and play multiple gaming systems on high-definition TVs. The building holds multiple player meeting rooms that allow every position to have their own meeting room or the team can meet as one in the Lawton Team Room.[27]

The football weight room is over 10,000 square feet and includes 16 multi-purpose platform, bench, incline, squat and Olympic lifting stations along with 12 dumbbell bench stations. The weight room also features 2 treadmills, 4 stationary bikes and 2 elliptical cross trainers in addition to medicine balls, hurdles, plyometric boxes and assorted speed and agility equipment.

The training room features a view of the practice fields, hydro-therapy and multiple stations to treat the players.

The video operations center is equipped with editing equipment to review practice and game footage along with producing videos for the team. On the second floor, each coach has their own office and multiple meetings. A coaches' lounge is also located in the building.

Located at the back of the Football Operations Building, the Nutrition Center for Student Athletes will serve as a resource to provide individualized nutritional meals for all student-athletes at LSU.

LSU Indoor Practice Facility[edit]

LSU Indoor Practice Facility and Outdoor Practice Fields

The LSU Indoor Practice Facility, built in 1991, is a climate-controlled 8,250 square feet facility connected to the Football Operations Center. It holds a 100-yd indoor field with Momentum Field Turf by SportExe. The indoor practice facility is located behind the football operations center.[19]

LSU Outdoor Practice Fields[edit]

The four outdoor practice fields are directly adjacent to the football operations center and indoor practice facility. Three of the fields are natural grass, while the fourth has a Momentum Field Turf by SportExe playing surface.[19]

2014 coaching staff[edit]

Head Coach Les Miles
Name Position
Les Miles Head Coach
Cam Cameron Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
John Chavis Defensive Coordinator
Jeff Grimes Offensive Line Coach
Brick Haley Defensive Line Coach
Frank Wilson Recruiting Coordinator/Running Backs Coach
Corey Raymond Defensive Backs Coach
Steve Ensminger Tight Ends Coach
Adam Henry Wide Receivers Coach
Bradley Dale Peveto Special Teams Coordinator
Tommy Moffitt Strength and Conditioning Coordinator

[28]

Recruiting[edit]

Compiled by Rivals.com (Yahoo! Sports), Scout.com (Fox Sports), Scouts Inc. (ESPN) and 24/7 Sports (CBSSports.com)

Future opponents[edit]

Non-division opponents[edit]

LSU plays Florida as a permanent non-division opponent annually and rotates around the East division among the other six schools. [29]

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
vs Florida at Florida vs Florida at Florida vs Florida at Florida vs Florida at Florida vs Florida at Florida vs Florida
at South Carolina vs Missouri at Tennessee vs Georgia at Vanderbilt vs South Carolina at Kentucky vs Tennessee at Missouri vs Vanderbilt at Georgia

Non-conference opponents[edit]

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028
(09/05)[30]

vs McNeese State

(09/03)[31]

vs Wisconsin
(at Green Bay, WI)

(09/09)[32]

vs Syracuse

vs Miami (FL) (Arlington, TX) at Texas vs Texas at UCLA at Arizona State vs Arizona State vs UCLA at Oklahoma vs Oklahoma
(09/12)[30]

at Syracuse

(09/10)[31]

vs Southern Miss

(09/30)[32]

vs Troy

(10/3)[30]

vs Eastern Michigan

(09/17)[31]

vs Jacksonville State

vs Georgia Southern
vs Western Kentucky (10/15)[31]

vs South Alabama

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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