LSU fans caught a glimpse into the future on Thursday when the SEC revealed its entire schedule for the 2016 season. The Tigers have a slew of games that should be circled on the calendar.
Here’s a full breakdown of LSU’s schedule:
Best matchup: Wisconsin (Sept. 3)
The 2016 opener will complete the series between the Tigers and the Badgers and will be played at iconic Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. The Tigers grinded out a victory over the Badgers in 2014 when the teams played at NRG Stadium in Houston. The 2016 version should also be competitive and will be played in Wisconsin’s backyard. Wisconsin will be a contender in the Big Ten, once again, next season and will represent a formidable opponent to open the season.
Toughest matchup: at Florida (Oct. 8)
Obviously Alabama was considered, but that game will be played at Tiger Stadium. Florida will be seeking revenge after LSU beat the Gators on a fake field goal that went for a touchdown earlier this season in Baton Rouge, La. Quarterback Will Grier won’t be back from suspension, but the Gators are clearly on the rise under Jim McElwain. LSU will have a tough task ahead of them when they travel to The Swamp next season.
Toughest stretch: Sept. 17 – Oct. 8
The Tigers host Mississippi State, travel to Auburn, return home to play Missouri and then hit the road to Florida during this stretch. The Bulldogs will likely take a step back without Dak Prescott, but the other three teams during this slate should be improved. Auburn has nowhere to go but up and getting a win at Jordan-Hare Stadium for LSU will not be easy. Missouri should improve after a dysfunctional season and the challenges against Florida were brought up in the former paragraph. LSU could drop two games during this stretch if it isn’t careful.
Biggest trap game: at Arkansas (Nov. 12)
This matchup with Arkansas will follow the Alabama game, which sets up perfectly for a trap. Nobody knows what the Razorbacks will play like next season, but they won’t be easy to beat on the road. LSU could be coming off of an emotional outcome against the Crimson Tide the week before and could play sluggishly against Arkansas.