Most intriguing matchup
At Tennessee, Nov. 18
The Tigers and Vols have only met 32 times since 1926, making this one of the most rarely contested matchups in the SEC and thus all the more intriguing. They haven’t played since 2011, a 38-7 LSU win in Knoxville. Expect things to be a bit more competitively balanced next year.
At Alabama, Nov. 4
When isn’t it?
Chattanooga, Sept. 9
The Mocs are a good, but not great, FCS program. There are some years where the FCS team on the schedule is better than the Sun Belt opponent the Tigers bring in — this year should end up being one of them — but it won’t be the case in 2017.
Oct. 21-Nov. 25
This is what we call backloaded.
It begins with a trip to Ole Miss, which in theory won’t be as scary with Chad Kelly gone but is still no treat. After a bye, LSU finishes at Alabama, home against Arkansas, at Tennessee and then the regular-season finale against Texas A&M. Going 3-2 or 2-3 in this stretch isn’t unfathomable. 4-1 would be incredibly good. And 5-0, well, you’ve probably sewed up a playoff berth.
Sept. 9-Sept. 30
A trip to Starkville surrounded by home games against Chattanooga, Troy and Syracuse. It’s hard to imagine more than one of these games being decided by single digits, and you could almost expect that none of them will be.