LSU Football 2011 Schedule: Game-by-Game Breakdown

Keyon JeffCorrespondent IFebruary 24, 2011

LSU Football 2011 Schedule: Game-by-Game Breakdown

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    After finishing the 2010 campaign with an impressive Cotton Bowl victory over Texas A&M, Les Miles used the momentum of an 11-2 record to build a top 10 recruiting class.

    LSU is now poised to make a run at the BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans. The Tigers have won the last two title games played in the Superdome (2003, 2007).

    But will the schedule cooperate?

    The 2011 slate features nine opponents that played in bowl games last season, including both national championship game participants.

    Here's a game-by-game look at what's waiting for the Bayou Bengals.

Oregon Ducks (Pac-12)

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    When: September 3

    Where: Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, TX)

    Time: TBA (7:45 pm ET based on precedent) 

    Opponent's 2010 record: 12-1, including a 22-19 loss to Auburn in the BCS National Championship Game.

    Noteworthy: This will be the fourth meeting between LSU and Oregon and the first since a 56-17 Tigers romp in 1977.

Northwestern St. Demons (Southland)

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    When: September 10

    Where: Tiger Stadium (Baton Rouge, LA)

    Time: 8:00 pm ET

    Opponent's 2010 record: 5-6

    Noteworthy: This is the first LSU-NSU football game since 1942. LSU leads the series 10-0.

Mississppi St. Bulldogs (SEC)

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    When: September 15

    Where: Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field (Starkville, MS)

    Time: 7:30 pm ET

    Opponent's 2010 record: 9-4, including a 52-14 Gator Bowl win over Michigan. 

    Noteworthy: LSU has beaten Mississippi St. 11 consecutive times and 18 of 19 times since 1992.

West Virginia Mountaineers (Big East)

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    When: September 24

    Where: Mountaineer Field (Morgantown, WV)

    Time: TBA  

    Opponent's 2010 record: 9-4, including a 29-7 Champs Sports Bowl loss to North Carolina St.

    Noteworthy: Despite committing 120 yards' worth of penalties, LSU defeated West Virginia 20-14 last season in the teams' only meeting.

Kentucky Wildcats (SEC)

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    When: October 1 

    Where: Tiger Stadium (Baton Rouge)

    Time: 8:00 pm ET

    Opponent's 2010 record: 6-7, including a 27-10 BBVA Compass Bowl loss to Pittsburgh.

    Noteworthy: The teams have not met since 2007, when Kentucky defeated then-No. 1 LSU 43-37 in triple overtime.

Florida Gators (SEC)

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    When: October 8

    Where: Tiger Stadium (Baton Rouge)

    Time: 8:00 pm ET

    Opponent's 2010 record: 8-5, including a 37-24 Outback Bowl win over Penn St.

    Noteworthy: LSU and Florida have evenly split their last 10 meetings. New Gators head coach Will Muschamp served as the Tigers' linebackers coach and defensive coordinator from 2001-04.

Tennessee Volunteers (SEC)

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    When: October 15

    Where: Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, TN)

    Time: TBA

    Opponent's 2010 record: 6-7, including a 30-27 double overtime loss to North Carolina in the Music City Bowl.

    Noteworthy: Despite the wild 16-14 loss, Tennessee intercepted LSU three times last season, more than any other Tigers opponent.

Auburn Tigers (SEC)

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    When: October 22

    Where: Tiger Stadium (Baton Rouge)

    Time: 8:00 pm ET

    Opponent's 2010 record: 13-0, including a 22-19 victory over Oregon in the BCS National Championship Game.

    Noteworthy: Auburn gashed LSU's defense for 440 rushing yards last year. That is the most allowed in a single game in LSU history.

Alabama Crimson Tide (SEC)

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    When: November 5

    Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium (Tuscaloosa, AL)

    Time: TBA (3:30 pm ET based on precedent)

    Opponent's 2010 record: 10-3, including a 49-7 Capital One Bowl victory over Michigan St.

    Noteworthy: While Alabama leads the all-time series 45-24-5 over LSU, the Tide are only 10-9 versus the Tigers in Tuscaloosa.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (Sun Belt)

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    When: November 12

    Where: Tiger Stadium (Baton Rouge, LA)

    Time: 8:00 pm ET

    Opponent's 2010 record: 2-10

    Noteworthy: LSU has not lost to a non-BCS school since 2000 to the Alabama-Birmingham Blazers. LSU has won 33 straight regular season non-conference games, the longest such active streak in the FBS.

Ole MIss Rebels (SEC)

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    When: November 19

    Where: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (Oxford, MS)

    Time: TBA (3:30 pm ET based on precedent)

    Opponent's 2010 record: 4-8

    Noteworthy: LSU's last trip to Ole Miss in 2009 was a time management disaster, but the Tigers hold a 10-6-1 record against the Rebels in Oxford.

Arkansas Razorbacks (SEC)

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    When: November 25

    Where: Tiger Stadium (Baton Rouge, LA)

    Time: 2:30 pm ET 

    Opponent's 2010 record: 10-3, including a 31-27 Sugar Bowl loss to Ohio St.

    Noteworthy: The Razorbacks have won three of the last four meetings with LSU. Their average margin of victory is less than four points.