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The LSU Tigers will kick off their season against the UCLA Bruins on Saturday night in Pasadena, California. The very first trip in school history to the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium.
The Tigers look to open the season 1-0 for the third time in four years under head coach Ed Orgeron. Coach O was a member of the USC Trojans staff from 1998-2004, he returned in 2010-2013. The final season in Southern California was spent as the interim head coach following the firing of Lane Kiffin. He would resign following the hiring of Steve Sarkisian.
During his time with the Trojans, the team was 6-1 from 1998-2004 and 2-2 from 2010-13. LSU looks to take the first victory in the series, UCLA is set to return the favor as they visit Death Valley in 2024. That year the Tigers will play both USC and UCLA in their nonconference schedule.
Sophomore quarterback Max Johnson is hoping to see the same success he saw against Florida and Ole Miss last season. He sets to get his first start of the year. In the final two games of last year, Johnson threw for 674 yards with six touchdowns to one interception. His top target, Kayshon Boutte is also looking to continue the trend of 2020. He caught 27 passes for 527 yards and four touchdowns in the final three weeks.
Johnson and Boutte are just two of the players to watch when the game kicks off on Saturday.
How To Watch, Listen, & Stream
Kickoff Time: 7:30 pm CST
Listen: 98.1, 104.5, 107.3 FM (Baton Rouge)
Full Listing- LSU Radio Network
Stream: Fox Sports App
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