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LSU Football 2012: 5 Games Tigers Fans Can't Wait For

Jake MartinCorrespondent IIIFebruary 23, 2012

LSU Football 2012: 5 Games Tigers Fans Can't Wait For

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    The 2012 regular season is several moths away, but it's never too early to start getting excited for regular season matchups.

    The LSU Tigers came close to capturing the greatest season in college football history in 2011, and with so many talented players returning to the team, 2012 looks like it's going to be a great year for LSU fans.

    With that said, there are five games that fans can't wait to see, and you know that Nov. 3 matchup with Alabama is circled on every fans' schedule.

    These are the most-anticipated games of the season.

5. Auburn

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    LSU versus Auburn is always a big game.

    Though the Tigers blew Auburn out 45-10 last season, Auburn will be a lot better this season, and they'll be looking to dish out some revenge.

    With Alabama having as much success as they've had recently, the pressure is on Auburn head coach Gene Chizik to get the program back on track. An upset over LSU would be huge for Auburn fans.

    LSU fans know this, and they're anticipating another LSU/Auburn classic.

4. South Carolina

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    With Trent Richardson leaving for the NFL, Marcus Lattimore has to be considered as the best running back in the nation, and that's exactly why fans should be excited about South Carolina coming to Tiger Stadium.

    Just picture the Gamecocks rushing attack with Lattimore and Connor Shaw going against LSU's fierce front four and speedy secondary. Talk about a rush, no pun intended.

    Seeing that South Carolina is on a steady incline, this game is sure to be a barn-burner, and it could be one of the best games of the year.

3. Texas A&M

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    The LSU/Texas A&M rivalry comes back to life this season when the Tigers make a trip to College Station.

    LSU fans that I've spoken to are thrilled that the rich rivalry is going to return, and they're already planning their trips. After beating Texas A&M 41-24, LSU leads the series 27-20.

    Though the game might not be as close as most are hoping, it will still be pretty cool to see the Tigers and the Aggies going at it once again.

2. Arkansas

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    The battle of the West is going to come down to LSU, Arkansas and Alabama, so all three matchups are going to be huge.

    LSU will play Arkansas in Fayetteville this season, so not only will the Tigers have to battle a very talented team, but they're going to have to battle a ruckus crowd.

    This game is almost always great, but the fact that it's the last game of the season makes it that more special, because, normally, this game factors into who represents the SEC West in the SEC championship.

1. Alabama

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    No matter how you look at it, this is the game of 2012.

    Tiger fans are itching for some revenge and redemption, while Alabama dreads having to play LSU in Tiger Stadium. It will be two of the best teams in the nation going toe-to-toe in a crazy atmosphere.

    To put it simply, it's going to be insane. Nick Saban returns to Tiger Stadium again, LSU will have Jan. 9 on their minds and the Tigers should be able to stretch the field with Zach Mettenberger.

    Just thinking about that game gives me chills.

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