The Hat gets a challenge.

With the addition of the 2011 season opener against Oregon, LSU’s got quite the schedule next season.  Check this out:

Sat, Sep 03 Oregon at Arlington, Texas (Cowboys Stadium) TBA
Sat, Sep 10 Northwestern St. Baton Rouge, La. (Tiger Stadium) TBA
Sat, Sep 17 Mississippi St. * at Starkville, Miss. (Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field) TBA
Sat, Sep 24 West Virginia at Morgantown, W.Va. (Milan Puskar Stadium) TBA
Sat, Oct 01 Kentucky * Baton Rouge, La. (Tiger Stadium) TBA
Sat, Oct 08 Florida * Baton Rouge, La. (Tiger Stadium) TBA
Sat, Oct 15 Tennessee * at Knoxville, Tenn. (Neyland Stadium) TBA
Sat, Oct 22 Auburn * Baton Rouge, La. (Tiger Stadium) TBA
Sat, Nov 05 Alabama * at Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Bryant-Denny Stadium) TBA
Sat, Nov 12 Western Kentucky Baton Rouge, La. (Tiger Stadium) TBA
Sat, Nov 19 Ole Miss * at Oxford, Miss. (Vaught-Hemingway Stadium) TBA
Sat, Nov 26 Arkansas * Baton Rouge, La. (Tiger Stadium) TBA

That’s three away games in the first four, all against BCS-conference schools. Plus Florida. Plus Alabama. At Alabama.   (At least it’s after a bye week.)

Either Les Miles is a masochist, or he’s got an athletic director who’s looking to punish him.  That’s an insanely brutal schedule.

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15 responses to “The Hat gets a challenge.

  1. Bryant Denny

    Wow. That’s a tough schedule.

  2. Brent Muschamp is sure going to inherit a rough row to hoe next season ;)

  3. Brad

    We can call that the “Les Miles Farewell Tour”

  4. Uga the Ocho

    I don’t envy anyone that has to go to Morgantown…

  5. RC

    Imagine if he gets canned after this season. Any prospective candidate might look at that slate as a good way to start their career in BR on the wrong foot.

  6. Anon

    And yet, still 4 SEC home games, something that we can’t seem to manage doing.

  7. W Cobb Dawg

    They had enough sense to schedule the off week between games 8 & 9.

  8. The Realist

    That schedule is absurd.

    Look at the proliferation of the spread, though. Oregon, West F’n Virginie, Miss State, Florida, and Auburn all run pretty similar versions of the spread offense, and they are five of the first eight games.

    Then, they get a week off before the pro-style grinders of Alabama, GIGGITY, and Arkysaw.

    If you are going to play this absurd schedule, at least try to lump the ones together that have some commonalities.

  9. Hennigan

    I think that schedule about equals Boise State’s slate of BSC level competition from 2006 through the end of this year counting bowl games.

  10. Mayor of Dawgtown

    Actually it is a difficult start to the season, which can be very demoralizing to a team if things get off track (see 2009 UGA schedule). The AD looks like he is trying to get the Hat canned–or else is the stupidest AD this side of Damon Evans.

  11. Jim from Duluth

    That looks close to our 2012 schedule as currently set.

    Jim