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LSU AD Says Non-Conference Opponents Are Afraid Of Tiger Stadium

Derick E Hingle - USA Today Sports

Derick E Hingle – USA Today Sports

Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge is as rowdy as any college football stadium in the nation, which is part of the reason it has been dubbed “Death Valley.”

Recently, LSU athletics director Joe Alleva said that the strong home-field advantage for the LSU Tigers football team is part of the reason they are unable to schedule non-conference games at home. Instead, teams prefer neutral sites.

Alleva went as far as to say that most teams don’t even consider playing LSU at home, because they are afraid of getting beat at Tiger Stadium.

“Literally 80 percent just say ‘no’ right away” Alleva said on 104.5 FM, via The Advocate. “They’re a little more open to the so-called neutral-site game. That’s why we were able to attract a Wisconsin, a TCU … BYU in the future.

“Teams don’t want to come to Tiger Stadium and get their butts beat. That’s just a fact of life. I’m being as blunt as I can be…they don’t want to schedule losses.”

Only the universities know why they are turning down non-conference games at LSU, but with the likes of Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona State and UCLA visiting Baton Rouge in the upcoming years, it doesn’t seem to be 100 percent accurate.

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