BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU sports calendar currently is in a lull, so let’s look ahead.
The rest of 2017 is poised to be an eventful stretch. Regardless of the fact that some of LSU’s prestige teams (baseball, gymnastics, softball, beach volleyball) won’t return to action again until next spring, there’s still plenty to look forward to this fall.
So, here’s a quick peek at five days to mark on your calendar if you’re looking for the most notable LSU sports moments.
This is the date you’ve probably had picked out for months. The LSU football team returns to the gridiron to open its 2017 season in Houston on Sept. 2 against BYU. While the Tigers will play their first game at Tiger Stadium one week later versus Chattanooga, the BYU game should effectively be a home game for LSU, thanks to the huge alumni base in Houston.
Opening Day is always a wondrous occasion. This season might be even bigger if stars such as Derrius Guice and Arden Key live up to their hype.
If there’s one football game you should want to watch this season, it’s on this day. LSU is headed to Gainesville, Fla., on Oct. 7 to take on the Gators in a revenge game for last season’s loss by 1 yard. LSU and Florida also met in the postseason in baseball, softball and gymnastics, adding another layer to this matchup. And not only will this game have major postseason implications, the two teams are expected to be among the best in the SEC.
This game also will be a reminder of last season’s rescheduling debacle. To this day, LSU and Florida fans squabble over who was the bad guy and who was in the right last season. This will only intensify the rivalry.
I shouldn’t have to justify this one, but LSU plays Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 4. The Alabama game always is the most important day on the LSU football calendar. Now you know the date, if you didn’t already.
The weekend of Nov. 10
The LSU’s men’s basketball schedule hasn’t been officially announced, but the 2017-18 season is expected to begin on or close to Nov. 10. This will be your first chance to watch Will Wade’s Tigers in action, and get the poor taste of the ending of the Johnny Jones era out of your mouths.
One thing we do know about the men’s basketball schedule is that the Tigers will head to Hawaii the week of Thanksgiving to compete in the Maui Invitational. LSU’s competition will include: California, Michigan, Notre Dame, Wichita State and, most notably, VCU — Wade’s former school.