LSU football will kick off the 2021 season on September 4 in Pasadena against the UCLA Bruins.
It’s not the typical matchup that you see for an SEC program.
Usually, SEC teams open either at home in a “tune up” game or in a neutral site game.
It’s rare that we see a program like LSU open with a true road game (road non-conference matchups are becoming few and far between these days, but that’s a conversation for another day).
LSU Football’s game against UCLA ranked as one of the best in week one
The LSU/UCLA matchup is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 5 most intriguing week one game.
“LSU expects to have a solid team as well after welcoming back 20 starters from last season along with several new staff additions on defense after underachieving on that side of the ball in 2020,” writes 247Sports’ Brad Crawford. “This one’s a barometer game early for both programs to see where they are prior to the conference slate.”
The Tigers’ 2020 season didn’t go as planned, but things are looking up in 2021.
LSU head coach Ed Orgeron made several staff changes, including bringing in a new offensive and defensive coordinator. The Tigers team we see in 2021 should be much different than the team we saw in 2020.
The game against UCLA, however, will be our first chance to see whether or not LSU actually will be a different team in 2021.
It’ll also be interesting to see how the quarterback situation plays out. Will Orgeron name a starter well before the week one matchup? Or will we have to wait and see who trots onto the field to take the first snap?
We’ll get those answers on September 4.