LSU-Florida State listed by USA TODAY Sports as a can’t-miss Week 1 matchup

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The wait is finally over! It’s game week for new head coach Brian Kelly and the LSU Tigers as they take on Mike Norvell, entering his third year at Florida State, on Sunday evening in New Orleans.

According to USA TODAY Sports, this game is one of the can’t-miss Week 1 matchups. Florida State has already released its depth chart for this game as it played in Week 0, defeating the Duquesne Dukes 47-7 in Tallahassee. The Seminoles managed to do most of their damage on the ground where they had three different running backs run for over 100 yards. Jordan Travis started at quarterback going 11-for-15 with 207 yards.

Technically, the Seminoles opened last week with a defeat of Duquesne but the third season for coach Mike Norvell really starts with this showdown against the Tigers. Norvell has won combined eight games in his previous two campaigns, so pressure is on top produce with a lineup returning several contributors that helped the team win five of its last seven games. On the other sideline will be Brian Kelly, who left Notre Dame after 12 seasons for a rebuilding job with LSU. The Tigers, too, have been off the pace the past two seasons, so the first order of business is for Kelly to win this opener less than 100 miles from campus. It’s a great opportunity for one of the programs to establish credibility and build momentum with a win against a big-name opponent.

Kelly has opted to not release his depth chart for the Tiger’s first game of the season as he wants to enter the game with the element of surprise. Kelly knows who the quarterback will be. he knows who will be starting at every position.

He’s going to leave all of that up for the imagination of the Seminoles coaching staff. LSU starts the season against FSU on Sunday night at 6:30 p.m. CT.

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