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.