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LSU Football 2014: Previewing the Tigers’ Schedule

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LSU Football: Previewing the 2014 Schedule

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The LSU Tigers will not enter the season with their best team in recent memory, but they still have Les Miles as the head coach. They also have talented players up and down the roster. Before the Tigers hit the field, which isn’t for a little while, let’s take a look at their schedule for the 2014-15 college football season.

Aug. 30: Wisconsin (neutral field)

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Aug. 30: Wisconsin (neutral field)

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What a way to kick off the season. Both teams have been known to compete for their conference title a time or two. Unfortunately, both teams will enter this contest with some question marks, one of them being at the QB position. Still, this is two powerhouse teams going head-to-head right off the bat.

Sept. 6: Sam Houston State

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Sept. 6: Sam Houston State

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This game wasn’t put on the schedule to put LSU in the national spotlight. Nope, that was last game. Although the Tigers have many questions entering the season, Sam Houston State should be no problem.

Sept. 13: Louisiana-Monroe

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Sept. 13: Louisiana-Monroe

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Here is another tuneup game before LSU plays its first SEC opponent of the season. And what a snoozer it could be. Louisiana-Monroe played two top 25 teams last year. Too bad it lost both games by a combined score of 104-7. You never know, though, upsets tend to happen in college football.

Sept. 20: Mississippi State

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Sept. 20: Mississippi State

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In past years, this would be an easy victory for LSU. After all, the Tigers did beat Mississippi State 59-26 last season. However, Dan Mullen has done good things for this program and it is certainly on the rise in the SEC. In all fairness, this was a close game going into the fourth quarter last year.

Sept. 27: New Mexico State

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Sept. 27: New Mexico State

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New Mexico State not only plays in the Sun Belt, a much weaker conference than the SEC, but it finished with a 2-10 record last year. I would hope that LSU would come away with the victory.

Oct. 4: @Auburn

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Oct. 4: @Auburn

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Although the Wisconsin matchup will probably be a tough one, the contest against Auburn will be that much tougher. Auburn made the national championship game last season and is bringing back enough talent to do the same in 2014. To make matters even worse, LSU will have to play this contest on the road.

Oct. 11: @Florida

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Oct. 11: @Florida

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LSU and Florida always seem to have great battles against one another. I don’t see why this year will be any different. Sure, the Gators are coming off of a horrible season, but hopefully QB Jeff Driskel will stay healthy for a full season, and this one will be played at The Swamp.

Oct. 18: Kentucky

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Oct. 18: Kentucky

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I wish I could say that Kentucky’s football team would match the basketball team’s success in the upcoming season, but that is not going to happen. For one, the Wildcats will be one of the top teams in college hoops. For two, Kentucky could be one of the worst football teams in the SEC. Translation: The Tigers should have no problem getting the W.

Oct. 25: Ole Miss

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Oct. 25: Ole Miss

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Ole Miss might actually have a better team than LSU in 2014. After all, Hugh Freeze has done a great job at recruiting. Oh yeah, the Tigers also lost to the Rebels last season. This time around, though, Ole Miss will have to travel to Death Valley.

Nov. 8: Alabama

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Nov. 8: Alabama

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It’s a good thing that LSU gets Alabama at home, but the Crimson Tide should be a top team in college football once again. Not to mention, Alabama will probably be a lot of people’s favorite to win the championship.

Nov. 15: @Arkansas

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Nov. 15: @Arkansas

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Arkansas played LSU tough last season. The Razorbacks are going to see some more bad before they see some good, but hopefully they will at least win one game in the SEC this season. That probably won’t come against LSU, though.

Nov. 27: @Texas A&M

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Nov. 27: @Texas A&M

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LSU closes out the regular season against a Texas A&M team that no longer has Johnny Manziel. It’s important to note that the Tigers knocked off the Aggies by the score of 34-10 last season.

Trevor Lowry is a Content Associate at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.