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LSU’s 2012 Schedule Includes Eight Home Games: Fan’s Reaction
The SEC finally got around to releasing their 2012 schedules on Dec. 28. Once the league released their schedule, LSU fans were able to find out what the Tigers' 2012 schedule would look like. LSU will have just four road games as they will host eight home games next season.
LSU had one of the hardest schedules this past season. How does next season's schedule stack up?
Here is the complete LSU 2012 football schedule:
Sept. 1 North Texas
Sept. 8 Washington
Sept. 15 Idaho
Sept. 22 at Auburn
Sept. 29 Towson University
Oct. 6 at Florida
Oct. 13 South Carolina
Oct. 20 at Texas A&M
Nov. 3 Alabama
Nov. 10 Mississippi State
Nov. 17 Ole Miss
Nov. 23 or 24 at Arkansas
On first glance, the schedule is hardly overwhelming. The only non-conference team our Tigers will play that may have a pulse is Washington. However, that will be a home game for LSU. Nevertheless, LSU should overwhelm Washington after halftime. North Texas, Idaho and FCS opponent Towson shouldn't be able to manage two total touchdowns between them against LSU.
As Texas A&M and Missouri will join the SEC in 2012 through expansion, LSU will only get two games against the SEC East: at Florida and vs. South Carolina. The Tigers will travel to College Station for a game for the first time since 1995 when they play Texas A&M. As I didn't even want the Aggies in the SEC, I want to see nothing less than a 30-point LSU win. The toughest team on the schedule, SEC West rival Alabama, LSU gets at home. Arkansas can give LSU a challenge from time to time. I'm less confident about the result for LSU as the game is on the road.
Even though the schedule was tough in 2011, LSU handled all of their opponents easily except for Alabama. From the looks of the 2012 schedule, LSU fans could be in for more of the same, except with lower profile opponents. The question that most Tiger fans want to know (will LSU have a night home game against a significant opponent?) can't be answered yet as the times for the games have not been decided.
As an LSU fan, I don't mind seeing the Tigers get eight home games. Next year's team could be even better than this season's team. Having a favorable schedule could set up another great run.
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