LSU Tigers football
LSUTigers LSU Helmet
First season 1893
Athletic director Joe Alleva
Head coach Les Miles
Home stadium Tiger Stadium (LSU)
Stadium capacity 92,542
Stadium surface Grass
Location Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Conference SEC (1932–present)
Division SEC Western Division (1992–present)
Past conferences Independent (1893–1895)
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1896–1921)
Southern Conference (1922–1932)
All-time record 721–389–47
Postseason bowl record 23–19–1
Claimed national titles 3 (1958, 2003, 2007)
Conference titles 14
Division titles 8
Heisman winners 1
Consensus All-Americans 41
Current uniform
Colors Purple and Gold            
Fight song Fight for LSU
Mascot Mike the Tiger
Marching band Golden Band from Tigerland
Rivals Tulane Green Wave
Ole Miss Rebels
Auburn Tigers
Alabama Crimson Tide
Arkansas Razorbacks
Florida Gators

The LSU Tigers football team, also known as the Fighting Tigers or Bayou Bengals, represents Louisiana State University in the sport of American football. The Tigers compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Current head coach Les Miles has led the team since 2005. Since 1999 when Nick Saban took over as the head coach the Tigers have been consistently a top ten team. LSU enters the 2011 season with 721 victories, the 12th most in NCAA history, and the 4th most of any SEC team, behind only Alabama (792), Tennessee (783), and Georgia (731). LSU entered the 2010 season with a 0.641 all-time winning percentage, the 14th best in the NCAA, and the 4th best in the SEC, behind only Alabama (0.707), Tennessee (0.692), and Georgia (0.646). They won the BCS National Championship in 2004 (2003 season) with a 21–14 win over Oklahoma in the Nokia Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, and victory in the 2008 (2007 season) BCS National Championship Game versus the Ohio State Buckeyes with a 38–24 score, thus becoming the first team since the advent of the BCS to win multiple BCS national titles.


National championshipsEdit

The NCAA's website states that "the NCAA does not conduct a national championship in Division I-A football and is not involved in the selection process." It goes on to say that "a number of polling organizations provide a final ranking of Division I-A football teams at the end of each season." LSU officially claims three national championships (1958, 2003 & 2007); however, the school has been recognized as national champions by polling organizations on four additional occasions: 1908, 1935, 1936 and 1962.[1] (The NCAA officially changed the "I-A" designation to the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in 2006.) In the 2007 season, LSU became the first Collegiate Football program to win the BCS National Championship Game twice and the second Collegiate Football program to win the National Collegiate Football Championship with multiple losses with a 12–2 record.

Year Coach Selector Record Bowl Result
1958 Paul Dietzel AP, Coaches 11–0 Sugar Bowl LSU 7, Clemson 0
2003 Nick Saban BCS, Coaches 13–1 Sugar Bowl LSU 21, Oklahoma 14
2007 Les Miles BCS, AP, Coaches 12–2 BCS National Title Game LSU 38, Ohio State 24
Total national championships: 3

| 2011 || Les Miles || BCS, AP, Coaches || 13-0 || BCS National Title Game || LSU , University of Alabama |-align="center" | colspan=4 bgcolor="#FFCC00"| Total national championships: | colspan=2 bgcolor="#FFCC00"| '

Conference championshipsEdit

LSU has won a total of fourteen conference championships in three different conferences. Since becoming a founding member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in 1933, LSU has won eleven conference championships.

Year Coach Conference Overall Record Conference Record
1896 Allen Jeardeau SIAA 6–0 3–0
1908 Edgar R. Wingard SIAA 10–0 2–0
1932 Biff Jones Southern 6–3–1 4–0
1935 Bernie Moore SEC 9–2–0 5–0
1936 Bernie Moore SEC 9–1–1 6–0
1958 Paul Dietzel SEC 11–0 6–0
1961 Paul Dietzel SEC 10–1 6–0
1970 Charles McClendon SEC 9–3 5–0
1986 Bill Arnsparger SEC 9–3 5–1
1988 Mike Archer SEC 8-4 6–1
2001 Nick Saban SEC 10–3 5–3
2003 Nick Saban SEC 13–1 7–1
2007 Les Miles SEC 12–2 6–2
2011 Les Miles SEC 13-0 8–0
Total conference championships: 14

Divisional championshipsEdit

Since the SEC began divisional play in 1992, LSU has won or shared the SEC West title 8 times, and is 4–1 in the SEC Championship game.

Year Division Championship SEC CG Result Opponent PF PA
1996 SEC West N/A Lost tiebreaker to Alabama N/A N/A
1997 SEC West N/A Lost tiebreaker to Auburn N/A N/A
2001 SEC West W Tennessee 31 20
2002 SEC West N/A Lost tiebreaker to Arkansas N/A N/A
2003 SEC West W Georgia 34 13
2005 SEC West L Georgia 14 34
2007 SEC West W Tennessee 21 14
2011 SEC West W Georgia 42 10
Totals 8 4–1 - 142 91

All-time record vs. annual SEC opponentsEdit

School LSU Record Streak 1st Meeting
Alabama 25–45–5 Won 2 1895
Arkansas 35–20–2 Won 1 1901
Auburn 25–20–1 Won 1 1901
Florida 25–30–3 Won 2 1937
Ole Miss 57–39–4 Won 2 1894
Mississippi State 69–33–3 Won 12 1896

Current coaching staffEdit

Name Position
Les Miles Head Coach
Steve Kragthorpe Quarterbacks Coach
John Chavis Defensive Coordinator
Thomas McGaughey Special Teams Coordinator
Frank Wilson Recruiting Coordinator/Running Backs Coach
Ron Cooper Defensive Backs Coach
Steve Ensminger Tight Ends Coach
Billy Gonzales Wide Receivers Coach/Passing Game Coordinator
Brick Haley Defensive Line Coach
Greg Studrawa Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach
Tommy Moffitt Strength and Conditioning Coordinator

LSU Football Coaches

Logos and uniforms Edit


LSU has worn nearly the same jerseys since the inception of the program. The team has sported the traditional gold helmet with purple face mask, with white and purple stripes down the center and team logo on the side. LSU's jerseys for home games are white with purple and gold stripes on the shoulder, with purple numbers. Since the wearing of white jerseys has become a tradition for LSU football, the white jerseys are worn for both away games and home games (when allowed).[2] The current style of jerseys were introduced by coach Paul Dietzel in 1957 with "TV" numerals on the shoulders. Those numbers were moved to the sleeves in 1959, where they have remained.


The team traditionally wears one style of pants, which are gold with white and purple trim. For a 1995 game at Kentucky, the Tigers wore purple pants, which had no stripes and a tiger head logo on the left thigh. LSU lost to the Wildcats 24–16 and the pants were auctioned off.

LSU has worn white pants on five occasions since 1996

  • Three times with gold jerseys (vs. Vanderbilt in 1996, vs. Notre Dame in the 1997 Independence Bowl, and at Florida in 1998).
  • Once with purple jerseys, in a 2007 game at Tulane to promote relief for Hurricane Katrina.
  • Twice with white jerseys, in a 2009 game against Arkansas and 2011 game against Auburn for a Nike Pro Combat promotion.These uniforms were made to look like White Tigers[3]


From 1957 through 1971, LSU's helmets bore the jersey number of the player. In 1972, the first logo was introduced, a tiger head inside a purple circle. The current helmet logo was adopted in 1977.

In 2011 for a Nike Pro Combat promotion, the Tigers wore a white helmet with old gold and purple stripes to accompany a white uniform.[3]


  • The Tigers did not field a team in 1918 due to World War I.

Bowl gamesEdit

LSU has played in 43 bowl games, compiling a record of 23–19–1. Note that in the table below, the year references the season, and not the actual date the game was played.

Year Bowl Game Winner Loser Record
1907 Bacardi Bowl LSU 56 Havana University 0 1–0
1935 Sugar Bowl Texas Christian 3 LSU 2 1–1
1936 Sugar Bowl Santa Clara (CA) 21 LSU 14 1–2
1937 Sugar Bowl Santa Clara (CA) 6 LSU 0 1–3
1943 Orange Bowl LSU 19 Texas A&M 14 2–3
1946 Cotton Bowl Classic LSU 0 Arkansas 0 2–3–1
1949 Sugar Bowl Oklahoma 35 LSU 0 2–4–1
1958 Sugar Bowl LSU 7 Clemson 0 3–4–1
1959 Sugar Bowl Ole Miss 21 LSU 0 3–5–1
1961 Orange Bowl LSU 25 Colorado 7 4–5–1
1962 Cotton Bowl Classic LSU 13 Texas 0 5–5–1
1963 Bluebonnet Bowl Baylor 14 LSU 7 5–6–1
1964 Sugar Bowl LSU 13 Syracuse 10 6–6–1
1965 Cotton Bowl Classic LSU 14 Arkansas 7 7–6–1
1967 Sugar Bowl LSU 20 Wyoming 14 8–6–1
1968 Peach Bowl LSU 31 Florida State 27 9–6–1
1970 Orange Bowl Nebraska 17 LSU 12 9–7–1
1971 Sun Bowl LSU 35 Iowa State 15 10–7–1
1972 Bluebonnet Bowl Tennessee 24 LSU 17 10–8–1
1973 Orange Bowl Penn State 16 LSU 9 10–9–1
1977 Sun Bowl Stanford 24 LSU 17 10–10–1
1978 Liberty Bowl Missouri 20 LSU 15 10–11–1
1979 Tangerine Bowl LSU 34 Wake Forest 10 11–11–1
1982 Orange Bowl Nebraska 21 LSU 20 11–12–1
1984 Sugar Bowl Nebraska 28 LSU 10 11–13–1
1985 Liberty Bowl Baylor 21 LSU 7 11–14–1
1986 Sugar Bowl Nebraska 30 LSU 15 11–15–1
1987 Gator Bowl LSU 30 South Carolina 13 12–15–1
1988 Hall of Fame Bowl Syracuse 23 LSU 10 12–16–1
1995 Independence Bowl LSU 45 Michigan State 26 13–16–1
1996 Peach Bowl LSU 10 Clemson 7 14–16–1
1997 Independence Bowl LSU 27 Notre Dame 9 15–16–1
2000 Peach Bowl LSU 28 Georgia Tech 14 16–16–1
2001 Sugar Bowl LSU 47 Illinois 34 17–16–1
2002 Cotton Bowl Classic Texas 35 LSU 20 17–17–1
2003 Sugar Bowl (BCS National Championship Game) LSU 21 Oklahoma 14 18–17–1
2004 Capital One Bowl Iowa 30 LSU 25 18–18–1
2005 Peach Bowl LSU 40 Miami (FL) 3 19–18–1
2006 Sugar Bowl LSU 41 Notre Dame 14 20–18–1
2007 (BCS National Championship Game) LSU 38 Ohio State 24 21–18–1
2008 Chick-Fil-A Bowl LSU 38 Georgia Tech 3 22–18–1
2009 Capital One Bowl Penn State 19 LSU 17 22–19–1
2010 Cotton Bowl Classic LSU 41 Texas A&M 24 23–19–1
2011 BCS National Championship Game LSU Alabama
Totals 43 23–19–1

Famous moments in LSU football historyEdit

  • 2012 - "BCS National Championship Game"-For the first time in BCS National Championship history, two SEC teams, the LSU Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide, will face each other in the National Championship Game.
  • 2011 - "The Game of the Century" - The ninth regulation game of the season for LSU found the #1 nationally ranked Tigers against the #2 Alabama Crimson Tide in a match called the "Game of the Century"[4] or the "Matchup of the Year"[5]. Both teams were undefeated and both teams were coming off a bye week; viewed as important to the BCS Championship game as the "inside track" by many sportswriters, the press built up the game in a Super Bowl-style atmosphere. Ultimately, the game came down to field position and a series of field goals as the top-ranked defense of both teams prevented any touchdowns.[6] Alabama missed three field goals and a fourth was blocked during regulation, leading to a 6-6 tie heading into overtime. On the first possession of OT, Alabama again missed a field goal from 52 yards out, only to watch LSU earn the win on the next possession with a chip-shot field goal. As a result, it's the second-lowest scoring matchup between #1 and #2 teams in the history of the NCAA, with a 9-6 decision. [7]
  • 2010Last Ditch in Death Valley – In the 5th game of the 2010 season, undefeated #12 LSU trailed the Volunteers 14 – 10 with 0:04 left on the clock and the ball spotted on the Tennessee 2 yard line. On 3rd & Goal, after a failed QB sneak attempt and with time disappearing off the clock, LSU attempted to send in several players for a substitution package. Seeing that the time was about to expire, Center T-Bob Hebert snapped the ball before Jefferson was ready, the ball was fumbled, Jefferson was tackled, and the clock expired. On further review, Tennessee was penalized half the distance to the goalline for illegal participation. Amid the confusion in the waning seconds, Tennessee coaches sent 4 players onto the field when they saw LSU make a substitution. Only 2 players then left the field, leaving the Vols with 13 players lined up on defense. Due to the penalty, LSU got the ball back for a single untimed play on the 1 yard line. With their last play, LSU's Stevan Ridley received the toss sweep, charging forward, only to be hit near the line of scrimmage, but continued to drive forward through two Tennessee defenders and into the endzone for the game winning score – final score LSU 16, Tennessee 14.
20070104 LSU Tigers BCS bus

LSU Tigers football team bus at New Orleans Marriott viewed from Sheraton New Orleans


One of LSU's four 2007 national championship trophies. Pictured is the AFCA National Championship Trophy

  • 2008The Comeback – The Tigers trailed in a makeup game from Hurricane Gustav 31–3 midway through the third quarter against Troy. The Bayou Bengals came back with 37 consecutive points and rallied to win 40–31.
  • 20082008 BCS National Championship Game – #2 LSU defeats #1 Ohio State University in the BCS national championship 38–24, becoming the first school to win two BCS national championship titles and improving their BCS record to 4–0, the best of any team. They also became the first two loss team to ever play in the BCS national championship.
  • 2007The Greatest Game Ever Played – #2 LSU played what was hyped as one of the most important games of the 2007 season against #9 Florida. The game is also known for the LSU students leaving thousands of messages on the phone of Florida quarterback, Tim Tebow, prompting him to give a "telephone" hand gesture to the LSU student section following an early touchdown. Florida began the fourth quarter with a 24–14 lead, but behind solid defense and being a perfect 5 for 5 on fourth down conversions, the Tigers were able to take the lead 28–24 with 1:06 left in the game after a Jacob Hester touchdown to defeat the Gators.
  • 2006 LSU vs Tennessee – QB JaMarcus Russell completes a touchdown pass to WR Early Doucet with 9 seconds to go to beat Tennessee in Neyland Stadium in Knoxville after a breakout performance by Tennessee backup QB Jonathan Crompton.
  • 2004Sugar Bowl – LSU becomes the BCS national champion by defeating Oklahoma 21–14.
  • 2002"The Bluegrass Miracle" – #16 LSU survived an upset bid from unranked Kentucky by winning the game 33–30 on a miraculous 75-yard Hail Mary pass as time expired. Kentucky fans, believing they had won, had already rushed the field and torn down one goal post.
  • 2001SEC Championship Game – #21 LSU staged an upset victory over #2 Tennessee, winning 31–20. The victory earned LSU a spot in its first Sugar Bowl since 1986, and knocked the Volunteers out of national title contention.
  • 1997#1 Ranked Florida Taken Down by LSU – After nine straight losses to Steve Spurrier-led Florida, #14 LSU shocked the #1-ranked Gators 28–21 in Tiger Stadium, making the cover of Sports Illustrated. It was the first time LSU beat a #1 ranked team and the first time the goalposts were ever torn down in Tiger Stadium.
  • 1995Bring Back The Magic Game – Wearing its white jerseys at home in Tiger Stadium for the first time since 1982, LSU upset #5 Auburn, winning the game 12–6 as LSU DB Troy Twillie intercepted Auburn QB Patrick Nix's 11-yard pass into the end zone with no time remaining.
  • 1988"The Earthquake Game" – Unranked LSU staged a near literal earth-shattering upset victory over #4 Auburn in Tiger Stadium, winning the game 7–6 with 1:41 remaining on a TD pass from QB Tommy Hodson to TB Eddie Fuller. The reaction of the crowd was so immense that it registered as an earthquake on a seismograph in LSU’s Howe-Russell Geoscience Complex.
  • 1982 Shut-down of Bear Bryant's last offenseLSU defeated Alabama 20–10 at Birmingham during Bear's last game against LSU – Bear retired a month later, at end of season, {& died two months later} but during his post-game interviews, Coach Bryant acknowledged LSU's defense as being so impressive as for him to call that game "an old-fashioned butt-whipping" after LSU's Defense had held 'Bama to just 80-yards of total offense, lowest offensive production in 'Bama history. Later that week, LSU's defensive front seven of Melancon & Joiner {OLB}, Marshall, Elko & Dardar {DL}, Richardson & Williams {ILB} were named "AP Sportswriters' Defensive Player of the Week", first time an entire front-seven unit was so named. The LSU Secondary of Britt, Hobley, Dale & Clark were instrumental in the shutdown but were not included in the AP honor {why not AP?}.
  • 1972Jones to Davis;. "The Night The Clock Stopped" – #6 LSU survived an upset bid from unranked Ole Miss in Tiger Stadium by winning the game on a TD pass from QB Bert Jones to RB Brad Davis. Ole Miss fans say the 1972 contest featured a few seconds of free football. The Tigers trailed the Rebels 16–10 with four seconds to play. After a lengthy incompletion by Jones, the game clock still showed one second remaining. The Tigers used the precious second to win the game on the "last play," 17–16. A song was written to commemorate the game, called "One Second Blues", (track #11) which is featured on the CD "Hey Fightin' Tigers". The alleged home-clock advantage inspired a sign at the Louisiana state line (as you left Mississippi) reading, "You are now entering Louisiana. Set your clocks back four seconds." For that year, the Ole Miss yearbook reported the score for the game as "Ole Miss 16, LSU 10 + 7 ".
  • 1966Cotton Bowl Classic – Unranked LSU upset #2 Arkansas, winning the game 14–7 and snapping Arkansas' 22-game winning streak.
  • 1960 SUGAR BOWL On Jan 1, 1960, one of the most anticipated rematches in college football history took place. This game, however, would not be the classic that transpired only weeks before. (When LSU upset the Rebels 7-3 in Baton Rouge) Ole Miss dominated the game from start to finish and came away with a decisive 21-0 win over the Tigers. LSU finished the season having only given up 29 points. While the Rebels only allowed their opponents 21 points the entire year. No one team scored on Ole Miss' first team defense.
    • TEAM STATS: First Downs OLE MISS 19 LSU 6, Rushing OLE MISS 51-140 LSU 32-(-15), Passing OLE MISS 15-27-2 LSU 9-25-1, Passing Yards OLE MISS 223 LSU 89, Total Offense OLE MISS 78-363 LSU 57-74, Punting OLE MISS 6-37.5 LSU 12-34.3, Fumbles-Lost OLE MISS 4-2 LSU 2-0 Penalties-YDS OLE MISS 7-65 LSU 4-30
  • 1959Billy Cannon's Halloween Night Run – Late in the game between #1 LSU and #3 Ole Miss, LSU was trailing 3–0. Then Billy Cannon returned a punt 89 yards for a TD, breaking seven tackles. The Rebels then drove down the field but were stopped on the LSU 1 yard line as the game ended resulting in a 7–3 victory for LSU in Tiger Stadium.
  • 1959Sugar Bowl – #1 LSU wins the 1958 national championship, beating #12 Clemson 7–0. The only score was a pass from Billy Cannon to freshman Mickey Mangham, one of the smallest players on the team. The game was played at the old Tulane University stadium in New Orleans.
  • October 3, 1931 - LSU Plays very first night game in Tiger Stadium.
  • November 25, 1924 - First Game played at Tiger Stadium.
  • 1908 - LSU 10-0 Doc Fenton leads LSU to its very first National Championship.
  • October 26, 1895 - LSU 1st Win in Baton Rouge.
  • 'November 30, 1894 - LSU wins very first football game. LSU beats Natchez AC 26-0. Samuel Marmaduke Dinwidie Clark has the honor of scoring the very first touchdown in LSU history.
  • November 25, 1893 - LSU plays first football game in school history.


Tulane Green WaveEdit

LSU's oldest rival is Tulane; the first LSU-Tulane football game was played in 1893 and for the first fifty or so years of Tiger football, no team was more hated by LSU fans than the Green Wave. The series, in which they battle for the Tiger Rag, was played continuously from 1919 to 1994. The intrastate rivalry featured two teams which were geographically close (Baton Rouge and New Orleans are roughly 80 miles (130 km) apart) and drew on socio-political tensions between the state's capital and seat of government and its biggest and most culturally important city. As opponents in the SIAA, Southern Conference and SEC, the Tulane rivalry flourished for many years but slowly declined after Tulane left the SEC and de-emphasized athletics. Until 1949, the series was very competitive, with LSU leading 23–18–5; since 1949, LSU has dominated, going 45–4–2. The two teams renewed the annual series in 2006 and ended it again after the 2009 meeting.

Ole Miss RebelsEdit

LSU's traditional SEC rival is Ole Miss. Throughout the fifties and sixties, games between the two schools featured highly ranked squads on both sides and seemingly every contest had conference, and at times national, title implications. A trophy has now been named for the LSU-Ole Miss rivalry known as the "Magnolia Bowl". Recently, the second to last regular season game has been between these two colleges. There is still a strong rivalry between both schools.

From 1961 through 1988, LSU did not play on the Ole Miss campus in Oxford, Mississippi. Instead, all of the Rebels' home dates in the series were contested at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson. LSU and Ole Miss played at Oxford in 1989 for the first time in 29 seasons, then moved the series permanently to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in 1994 after the 1991 and 1992 contests returned to Jackson.

Auburn TigersEdit

While Auburn's rivalries against Alabama and Georgia may overshadow its rivalry with LSU, in recent years, LSU's biggest rival has been the Auburn Tigers. The two share more than just a nickname, as they have both enjoyed success in the SEC's Western Division and plenty of memorable match ups. Either Auburn or LSU has won at least a share of the SEC Western Division championship for eight of the last eleven years. The home team won every game from 2000 through 2007, until visiting LSU defeated Auburn in 2008. Both the 2007 and 2008 games saw LSU win dramatic, come-from-behind victories with last minute touchdown passes. The game between the two rivals has no official name or trophy, but is unofficially referred to by fans and sports commentators as the "Tiger Bowl".

Alabama Crimson TideEdit

LSU and Alabama have played every year since the 1960s, with Alabama holding a historic edge in the series, 43–25–5. Many trace the origins of the rivalry back to a 15-game undefeated streak Alabama had in Tiger Stadium, which is generally considered to be one of the most hostile atmospheres in college football. While their rivalries against Auburn and Tennessee may overshadow their rivalry with LSU, the significance of this rivalry increased after Alabama hired former LSU coach Nick Saban in 2007.

Arkansas RazorbacksEdit

The boot (lsu-arkansas)

The Golden Boot trophy is awarded to the annual winner of the Arkansas-LSU football game.

After the Razorbacks left the Southwest Conference in 1990, Arkansas joined the SEC in 1991 and began a yearly rivalry with LSU. Spurred by both the SEC and the schools, LSU and Arkansas have developed a more intense football rivalry. The winner takes home the Golden Boot, a trophy in the shape of the states of Arkansas and Louisiana that resembles a boot. The game, played the day after Thanksgiving until the 2010 season, is usually the last regular season game for each team and is broadcast on CBS. In 2002, the rivalry gained momentum as the game winner would represent the Western Division of the SEC in the SEC Championship Game. Arkansas won the exciting game on a last second touchdown pass by Matt Jones. In 2006, the Razorbacks, who had already clinched the SEC Western Division and were on a 10-game winning streak, were beaten by LSU in Little Rock. In 2007, Arkansas stunned top-ranked LSU in triple overtime, giving them their first win in Baton Rouge since 1993, and again defended the Golden Boot trophy with a last minute touchdown drive in 2008. A 15th ranked LSU would win back the trophy for the first time in two years in 2009 after Razorback kicker Alex Tejeda missed a field goal that would have sent the game into a second overtime, solidifying LSU's record as the third best in the SEC as well as a position to go to the Capital One Bowl. The LSU Tigers were defeated at Little Rock in 2010, with Arkansas winning 31–23. In 2011, the #1 ranked Tigers defeated the Razorbacks 41-17 in Tiger Stadium, after overcoming a 14-0 deficit.

Florida GatorsEdit

LSU is Florida's permanent inter-divisional rival. Florida leads the series 30–25–3. The winner of the Florida-LSU game has gone on to win the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) national championship game three of the last five years. With a few exceptions, this rivalry has been known for close games in recent years, with both teams usually coming into the match-up highly ranked.

Texas A&M AggiesEdit

The Aggies have matched up against the LSU Tigers more than any other non-conference opponent (though they were both members of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association from 1903–1908 and 1912–1914, and will both be members of the SEC in 2012). The Aggies first played the Tigers in College Station in 1899, winning the game 52–0. The Tigers are the Aggies' seventh-oldest collegiate-football rivalry.

Over the years, the two teams have built strong home-field advantages, and the series' record is reflective of these reputations. The Aggies are 7–1–1 in College Station, 10–22–1 in Baton Rouge, and 3–4–1 at neutral sites (including the losses in the 1944 Orange Bowl in Miami and the 2011 Cotton Bowl in Dallas). Through 1923, the Aggies built a 7–3–2 advantage (which included neutral site games in New Orleans in 1908, Houston in 1913, Dallas in 1914, Galveston in 1916, and San Antonio in 1917). The Aggies and Tigers next played every year from 1942 to 1949 during the regular season with all of the games held in Baton Rouge. The Aggies were 2–6 in those match-ups. In addition to the regular season match-up in 1943, the Aggies and Tigers also faced each other in the first bowl match-up of their rivalry. Though the Aggies won the regular season game by a score of 28–13, the Tigers won the January 1, 1944, Orange Bowl by a final score of 19–14.

The Aggies and Tigers met twice more in 1955 and 1956 with the Aggies taking both match-ups (the 1955 game was held at a neutral site in Dallas, and the 1956 game was held in Baton Rouge). From 1960 to 1975, the Aggies and Tigers produced the most consecutive match-ups of the series, playing every year, with all of the games played in Baton Rouge. The Aggies were 3–12–1 over this span. After a nine-year absence, the rivalry renewed in 1986 and continued until their last regular season meeting in 1995, this time with the games alternating between Baton Rouge and College Station. The Aggies were 6–4 over this span, winning the last five meetings, and winning six of the last seven meetings. The most recent regular season contest was won by the Aggies on September 2, 1995, by the score of 33–17.

Finally, after a 15-year absence, the Aggies and Tigers faced each other once more on January 7, 2011, in the Cotton Bowl Classic. It was only the second time the two have faced each other in a bowl game. The Aggies lost 24–41.

Over the life of the series, the Aggies have claimed the largest margin of victory with a 63–9 final score in 1914 (the Aggies also have the next two largest margins of victory with the 52–0 win in 1899 and the 47–0 win in 1922). The Aggies have shut-out the Tigers 7 times (including the Aggies' non-university recognized National Championship Season of 1917 when they did not surrender a point during 8 games, and beat the Tigers 27–0). The Tigers have shut-out the Aggies 9 times (including the Tigers' non-university recognized National Championship season of 1908, when they beat the Aggies 26–0, and the Tigers' non-university recognized National Championship season of 1962, when they beat the Aggies 21–0). Add to those totals the game in which the Aggies and Tigers shut each other out, with a final score of 0–0 in 1920. The Tigers hold the series' longest winning streak of 6 games from 1960 to 1965, which were all played in Baton Rouge. That winning streak was part of a 10-game unbeaten streak for the Tigers from 1960 to 1969 which included a 7–7 tie in 1966 (with all of the games played in Baton Rouge).

Texas A&M-LSU: All-Time Record
Games played First meeting Last meeting A&M wins A&M losses Ties Win %
50 December 2, 1899 (won 52–0) January 7, 2011 (lost 24–41, Cotton Bowl Classic) 20 27 3 40.0%

Other SEC opponentsEdit

LSU has played Mississippi State more often than any other opponent. However, the series is hardly considered a rivalry, as the Tigers hold a commanding lead and have won 12 consecutive games in the series and 19 of 20 since 1992. Until the 1970s, the game was played far more often in Baton Rouge to allow MSU to reap the benefits of the larger gate at Tiger Stadium, which seated 67,500 at the time, more than twice the 32,500 of Scott Field in Starkville; MSU usually moved its home games in the series to Jackson until its on-campus stadium was expanded in the 1980s. The 2011 matchup marked the first time both teams were rated coming into the game (#3 LSU, #25 MSU). LSU won at Starkville 19–6.

LSU and Kentucky played every year between 1949 and 2001, but the yearly meeting was ended when the SEC changed its scheduling format in 2002. Longtime LSU coach Charles McClendon (1962–79) was an All-American at Kentucky from 1948–51 under legendary coach Bear Bryant, and Tiger coaches Paul Dietzel and Bill Arnsparger were also assistants with the Wildcats. LSU has generally dominated the series, although Kentucky won the second to last meeting, ousting the then-No. 1 Tigers 43–37 in triple overtime in 2007 at Lexington. In the previous game at Lexington in 2002, the Tigers won 33–30 on the Bluegrass Miracle, a 75-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Randall to Devery Henderson on the last play of the game. The #1 ranked Tigers defeated Kentucky in the 2011 season 35-7.


LSU Cheerleader

An LSU cheerleader cheers on the team during a game against South Carolina in 2007. Cheerleaders are a part of the pageantry of college football.

Geaux Tigers — A common cheer for all LSU athletics, Geaux Tigers, pronounced "Go Tigers", is derived from a common ending in French Cajun names, -eaux. Acknowledging the state’s French heritage, it is common for fans to issue LSU newcomers an endearing “French” name. Intended to be more humorous than grammatically correct, coaches are especially targeted. Gerry DiNardo became “Dinardeaux”, Nick Saban became “Nick C’est Bon”.

Tailgating — LSU football fans from every corner of the region, well over ninety thousand,[8] descend on the Baton Rouge campus for every home game; setting up motor homes and tents for one of Louisiana's biggest parties after Mardi Gras. Visiting team supporters are heckled and LSU fans chant "Tiger Bait! Tiger Bait!", often inciting confrontations between hot-headed followers. Visitors to Baton Rouge who take the jeers and jaunts with a sporting disposition will be invited to join in on the party, the drink, the regional cajun cuisine, the spirit of Saturday night in Baton Rouge, and the vibrant tradition of LSU football.

March Down The Hill – The LSU players, coaches, cheerleaders, Mike the Tiger, and finally The Golden Band from Tigerland march down the hill between Tiger Stadium and the Pete Maravich Assembly Center (AKA, the PMAC) prior to each game. Thousands of fans line up on both sides of the road to watch and cheer for their beloved Tigers. The band plays their drum cadence while marching and just before entering the stadium, "Pregame" is played.

The LSU Band's Pregame Show — The LSU pregame show was created in 1964, and revised over the next nine years into its current format. The marching band lines up along the end zone shortly before kick off. Then the band strikes up a drum cadence and begins to spread out evenly across the field. When the front of the band reaches the center of the field, the band stops and begins to play an arrangement of "Pregame" (Hold that Tiger). While it does this, the band turns to salute the fans in all four corners of the stadium. Then the band, resuming its march across the field, begins playing "Touchdown for LSU." At this point, the LSU crowd chants "L-S-U, L-S-U, L-S-U..."

White Jerseys — LSU is notable as one of the few college football teams that wears white jerseys for home games as opposed to their darker jerseys (in their case, purple). Most other NCAA football teams wear their darker jerseys in home games, even though football is one of the few college sports that do not require a specific jersey type for each respective team (for instance, college basketball requires home teams to wear white or light-colored jerseys while the away team wears their darker jerseys), and is similar to the NFL in letting the home team decide what to wear.

The tradition started in 1958, when Coach Paul Dietzel decided that LSU would wear white jerseys for the home games. LSU went on to win the national championship that year. Since then, LSU continued to wear white jerseys at home games through the 18-year tenure of Charles McClendon. Then in 1983, new NCAA rules prohibited teams from wearing white jerseys at home. Because of this, LSU wore purple jerseys during home games from 1983 to 1994. The team's fans believed wearing purple jerseys brought bad luck to the team and complained often from 1983 and through the 1994 seasons, although LSU won SEC championships in 1986 and 1988 wearing purple at home. In 1993, then-coach Curley Hallman asked the NCAA for permission to wear white jerseys at home during LSU's football centennial, but was turned down.

In 1995, LSU's new coach, Gerry DiNardo, was determined to restore LSU's tradition of white home jerseys. DiNardo personally met with each member of the NCAA Football Rules Committee, lobbying LSU's case. DiNardo was successful, and LSU again began wearing white jerseys at home when the 1995 season began. In LSU's first home game with the white jerseys, unranked LSU prevailed in a 12–6 upset victory over #6 Auburn. In 2000, LSU's new coach, Nick Saban, altered the tradition of the white home jerseys: now LSU only wears white jerseys for the home opener and for home games against SEC opponents. Saban's successor, Les Miles, has continued this pattern. For non-SEC home games other than the home opener, LSU wears purple jerseys at home.

The rule allowing LSU to wear white at home has one stipulation: the visiting team must agree for non-conference games. On two occasions, LSU was forced to wear colored jerseys at home. The first time was in 1996 against Vanderbilt, who was still angry at LSU for hiring Gerry DiNardo, who left Vanderbilt to become LSU's head coach after the 1994 season. LSU wore gold jerseys for that game (a 35–0 LSU victory), and fans were encouraged to wear white in an effort to "white out" the Commodores. The next season, the SEC amended its rule to allow the home team its choice of jersey color for conference games without prior approval of the visiting team.

In 1998 and 2000, Florida coach Steve Spurrier exercised this option and forced LSU to don a colored jersey at Gainesville. The Tigers wore gold in 1998 under Gerry DiNardo (lost 22–10) and purple in 2000 under Nick Saban (lost 41–9).

In 2007 and 2009, LSU wore its purple jerseys at Mississippi State, but the Tigers emerged victorious both times (45–0 in 2007 and 30–26 in 2009). In 1978, the purple jersey jinx bit the Tigers in a game against State at Jackson.

In 2004, Oregon State did not want to suffer in its black jerseys in the humid weather of Louisiana in late summer, forcing LSU to wear its purple jerseys for a nationally-televsied game on ESPN. However, by this time, LSU had worn its purple jerseys at home several times under Saban.

In 2009, the NCAA relaxed its rule that previously required most away teams to wear white. The rule now states that teams must simply wear contrasting colors.[9]

Chinese Bandits – Whenever LSU forces a turnover or gets the ball back via a defensive stop, the LSU band plays the Chinese Bandits tune. Tiger fans bow to the defense while the tune is played. The term "Chinese Bandits" originated as the nickname that LSU Coach Paul Dietzel gave to the defensive unit he organized in 1958, which helped LSU to win its first national championship. The next season, the 1959 Chinese Bandit defense held their opponents to an average of only 143.2 yards per game. No LSU defense since has done better.

Geaux to Hell Ole Miss — When LSU is playing their rival, Ole Miss, LSU fans shout "Geaux to Hell Ole Miss. Geaux to hell" frequently, and signs with the same saying can be seen throughout the stadium. Ole Miss fans typically respond with "Go to hell, LSU!" Legend has it this was started prior to the 1959 contest when Coach Paul Dietzel, trying to motivate his troops, hired a plane to litter the LSU campus with flyers saying, "Go to Hell, LSU!" When word of this reached Oxford, Johnny Vaught, not to be outdone, responded in kind by littering the Ole Miss campus with flyers saying, "Go to Hell, Ole Miss!" Saturday night, 30 minutes prior to kickoff, Tiger Stadium was already packed with the crowd split down the middle between Tigers and Rebels. Each set of fans were shouting at the top of their lungs to the other, "Go to Hell!" The tradition has stuck ever since.

Hot boudin – LSU's famous cheer before games and during about famous food in Louisiana. It goes " Hot boudin, cold coush-coush, come on tigers, push push push." Push is pronounced poosh to rhyme with coush-coush [koosh-koosh]. Coush-coush is a Cajun dish generally served for breakfast.[10]

H style goal posts — LSU's Tiger Stadium sports "H" style goal posts, as opposed to the more modern "Y" style used by most other schools today. This "H" style allows the team to run through the goal post in the north endzone when entering the field.

Yard lines — Tiger Stadium also is notable for putting all yard line numbers on the field, not just those that are multiples of 10. However, the 10-yard-line numbers are the only numbers that get directional arrows, as the rules make no provision for 5-yard-line numbers.

Tiger Bait – LSU fans will yell "Tiger Bait, Tiger Bait" at visiting fans who wear their team colors.

First Down cheer – When the Tigers earn a first down, the Golden Band from Tigerland plays the "Geaux Tigers" cheer. The band also has a specific cheer for second and third downs.

Hall of FamersEdit

The following LSU players and coaches are members of the College Football Hall of Fame.


Player Position Years Induction
Doc Fenton QB & E 1904–1909 1979
Abe "Miracle" Mickal RB 1933–1935 1967
Gaynell "Gus" Tinsley E 1934–1936 1956
Ken Kavanaugh E 1937–1939 1963
Billy Cannon HB 1957–1959 2008
Tommy Casanova CB 1969–1971 1995
Jerry Stovall HB 1960–1962 2011


Coach Years Induction
Dana X. Bible 1916 1951
Michael "Iron Mike" Donahue 1923–1927 1951
Lawrence "Biff" Jones 1932–1934 1954
Bernie Moore 1935–1947 1954
Charlie "Cholly Mac" McClendon 1962–1979 1986

Individual award winnersEdit


Billy Cannon1959
  • The WCFF All-Century Team
Tommy Casanova – 1969 to 1971
Ben Wilkerson2004
Rudy Niswanger2005
Josh Reed2001
Rudy Niswanger2005
Glenn Dorsey2007
Glenn Dorsey2007
Glenn Dorsey2007
Glenn Dorsey2007
Patrick Peterson2010
Morris Claiborne2011
Patrick Peterson2010
Tyrann Mathieu2011


Paul Dietzel1959
Nick Saban2003
Les Miles2011

Heisman Trophy voting historyEdit

Year Player Place Votes
1958 Billy Cannon 3rd 975
1959 Billy Cannon 1st 1,929
1962 Jerry Stovall 2nd 618
1972 Bert Jones 4th 351
1977 Charles Alexander 9th 54
1978 Charles Alexander 5th 282
2007 Glenn Dorsey 9th 30
2011 Tyrann Mathieu

Retired numbersEdit

LSU All-AmericansEdit

Name Position Years at LSU All-America
Nacho Albergamo C 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987
Charles Alexander RB 1977; 1978 1977; 1978 1977; 1978 1977; 1978
Mike Anderson LB 1970; 1971 1970; 1971 1970; 1971
George Bevan LB 1969 1969
Michael Brooks LB 1985
Billy Cannon RB 1957–1959 1958; 1959 1958; 1959 1958; 1959 1958; 1959 1958; 1959
Warren Capone LB 1972; 1973 1972; 1973
Tommy Casanova DB 1969; 1970; 1971 1969; 1970; 1971 1969; 1970; 1971 1969; 1970; 1971
Wendell Davis RB
Morris Claiborne CB 2009-2011 2011 2011
Glenn Dorsey DT 2004–2007 2006, 2007 2007 2006, 2007 2007 2007
Ronnie Estay DT 1971
Alan Faneca OL 1997 1997 1997 1997
Kevin Faulk RB 1995–1998 1996
Sid Fournet T 1954 1954 1954 1954
Max Fugler C 1958
John Garlington E 1964–1967 1967
Bradie James LB 2002 2002
Bert Jones QB 1972 1972
Ken Kavanaugh E 1939
Chad Kessler P 1997 1997 1997 1997
Tyler Lafauci G 1973 1973
David LaFleur TE 1996
LaRon Landry S 2003–2006 2006 2006
Chad Lavalais DT 2003 2003 2003 2003
Tyrann Mathieu CB 2010-2011 2011 2011
Anthony McFarland DT 1998
Fred Miller T 1962
Stephen Peterman G 2000–2003 2003
Patrick Peterson CB 2008–2010 2010 2010 2010 2009–2010
Josh Reed WR 1998–2001 2001 2001 2001 2001
George Rice T 1965
Lance Smith OL 1984
Marcus Spears DE 2004 2004 2004
Craig Steltz S 2004–2007 2007
Jerry Stovall RB 1962 1962 1962 1962 1962
Jim Taylor RB 1957
Gaynell Tinsley E 1935; 1936 1935; 1936
Corey Webster CB 2003; 2004 2004
Ben Wilkerson C 2004 2004
Mike Williams DB 1974 1974
Roy Winston G 1961 1961 1961 1961 1961

Head coaches Edit

LSU has had 32 head coaches since it began play during the 1893 season, and since January 2005, Les Miles has served as head coach.[13] Charles McClendon is the leader in seasons coached and games won, with 137 victories during his 18 years with the program. Allen Jeardeau has the highest winning percentage of those who have coached more than one game, with .875. Of the 32 different head coaches who have led the Tigers, Dana X. Bible, Mike Donahue, Biff Jones, Bernie Moore, and McClendon have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Poll history Edit

Associated Press Poll History

The AP Poll began in 1936.

Year AP Pre-Season Ranking AP Final Ranking
1937 <center>6 <center>8
1938 <center>NR <center>NR
1939 <center>NR
1940 <center>NR <center>NR
1941 <center>NR
1942 <center>NR
1943 <center>NR
1944 <center>NR
1945 <center>15
1946 <center>8
1947 <center>NR
1948 <center>NR
1949 <center>9
1950 <center>NR
1951 <center>NR
1952 <center>NR
1953 <center>NR
1954 <center>NR
1955 <center>NR
1956 <center>NR
1957 <center>NR
1958 <center>1
1959 <center>1 <center>3
1960 <center>NR
1961 <center>5 <center>4
1962 <center>5 <center>7
1963 <center>NR
1964 <center>7
1965 <center>8 <center>8
1966 <center>NR
1967 <center>NR
1968 <center>18 <center>19
1969 <center>10
1970 <center>12 <center>7
1971 <center>9 <center>11
1972 <center>11 <center>11
1973 <center>16 <center>13
1974 <center>9 <center>NR
1975 <center>NR
1976 <center>NR
1977 <center>NR
1978 <center>13 <center>NR
1979 <center>NR
1980 <center>NR
1981 <center>NR
1982 <center>11
1983 <center>12 <center>NR
1984 <center>NR <center>15
1985 <center>13 <center>20
1986 <center>15 <center>10
1987 <center>6 <center>5
1988 <center>18 <center>19
1989 <center>7 <center>NR
1990 <center>NR
1991 <center>NR
1992 <center>NR
1993 <center>NR
1994 <center>NR
1995 <center>NR
1996 <center>19 <center>12
1997 <center>10 <center>13
1998 <center>9 <center>NR
1999 <center>NR
2000 <center>NR <center>22
2001 <center>14 <center>7
2002 <center>14 <center>NR
2003 <center>14 <center>2
2004 <center>4 <center>16
2005 <center>5 <center>6
2006 <center>8 <center>3
2007 <center>2 <center>1
2008 <center>7 <center>NR
2009 <center>11 <center>17[14]
2010 <center>21 <center>8
2011 <center>4 <center>1
NR = Not Ranked

N/A = Not Available


Coaches Poll History

The Coaches' Poll began in 1950.

Year Coaches
Pre-Season Ranking
Final Ranking
1950 <center>NR
1951 <center>NR
1952 <center>NR
1953 <center>NR
1954 <center>NR
1955 <center>NR
1956 <center>NR
1957 <center>NR
1958 <center>1
1959 <center>3
1960 <center>NR
1961 <center>3
1962 <center>8
1963 <center>NR
1964 <center>7
1965 <center>14
1966 <center>NR
1967 <center>NR
1968 <center>NR
1969 <center>7
1970 <center>6
1971 <center>10
1972 <center>10
1973 <center>14
1974 <center>NR
1975 <center>NR
1976 <center>NR
1977 <center>NR
1978 <center>NR
1979 <center>NR
1980 <center>NR
1981 <center>NR
1982 <center>11
1983 <center>NR
1984 <center>16
1985 <center>20
1986 <center>11
1987 <center>5
1988 <center>NR
1989 <center>NR
1990 <center>NR
1991 <center>NR
1992 <center>NR
1993 <center>NR
1994 <center>NR
1995 <center>25
1996 <center>13
1997 <center>13
1998 <center>NR
1999 <center>NR
2000 <center>NR
2001 <center>8
2002 <center>13 <center>NR
2003 <center>15 <center>1
2004 <center>3 <center>16
2005 <center>6 <center>5
2006 <center>9 <center>3
2007 <center>2 <center>1
2008 <center>6 <center>NR
2009 <center>9 <center>17[14]
2010 <center>16 <center>8
2011 <center>4 <center>1
NR = Not Ranked

N/A = Not Available


See also Edit


  1. Past Division I-A Football National Champions
  3. 3.0 3.1 Luke Johnson (2011-10-21). "LSU football team to change its stripes with new uniforms for Auburn game". New Orleans Times-Picayune, Retrieved 2011-10-22.
  4. Andy Staples (2011-11-06). "After all the buildup, Game of Century decided by ... kickers". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2011-11-06.
  5. Michael Bonnette (2011-11-05). "It's GameDay: The Matchup of the Year". Retrieved 2011-11-06.
  6. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named SILSUMoC
  7. Jayson Love (2011-11-06). "5. Lowest Scoring No. 1 vs. No. 2 Matchup Since 1946". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2011-11-06.
  9. "NCAA changing rules to accommodate USC-UCLA jersey tradition". Los Angeles Times. 19 February 2009. Retrieved 5 October 2009.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "LSU Notebook: Tommy Casanova's number retired". Louisiana Gannet News. Retrieved 2009-10-28.[dead link]
  12. "LSU Retires Three Legends' Jerseys". Retrieved 2009-12-14.
  13. "Tigers introduce Saban's successor". news services. 2005-01-04. Retrieved 2011-06-17.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Football Ranked No. 17 in Final Polls". 2010-01-08. Retrieved 2010-01-08.

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