LSU football will be looking to prove in 2021 that the 2020 season was nothing more than a minor speed bump.
The Tigers went 5-5 in 2020 after going 15-0 and winning it all in 2019.
The down year wasn’t a big surprise for LSU fans — the Tigers lost a ridiculous amount of talent after the 2019 season.
But that didn’t stop national media analysts from questioning whether or not LSU’s 2019 season was a fluke.
If the Tigers are going to put an end to those questions, they’ll need to finish with at least nine wins in 2021. That means there are a few games on the schedule they absolutely cannot lose.
247Sports picks the biggest game on LSU football’s 2021 schedule
If you ask Ed Orgeron, every game on LSU’s schedule is of equal importance.
And that’s true. The old adage of “we need to go 1-0 every week” is certainly the way most coaches approach the regular season.
But everyone knows that all games aren’t created equal.
That’s why 247Sports recently picked the biggest trap game on LSU’s schedule. They believe the matchup against Kentucky on October 9 is the biggest trap game on the Tigers’ schedule.
“LSU has an athleticism advantage, to be sure,” wrote 247Sports’ Robbie Weinstein. “At the same time, the Tigers’ magical 2019 season looks more like an outlier than a trend within coach Ed Orgeron’s career. If LSU is a 9-3 team this season, Kentucky can win this game on home turf.”
I’m not sure I agree with 247Sports, but I can understand their thought process here.
The Kentucky game is definitely a game the Tigers can’t lose in 2021. That’s one of those games that program like LSU puts in the win column before the season even starts.
Now, this isn’t the same old pushover Kentucky team that hung around the basement of the SEC East for decades. The Wildcats have become a very respectable program under Mark Stoops.
But as Weinstein mentioned, LSU has a distinct talent advantage that should put this game out of reach.
When I think of important games on the Tigers’ schedule, I lean more toward the matchup against Florida in Baton Rouge on October 16.
That’s a game that could be considered a “toss-up game”, but it’s a game that’s definitely winnable for LSU — especially at home.
If the Tigers are going to prove they’re “back” after a lackluster 2020 season, that’s the game they have to win. LSU can’t lose to Florida at home after beating the Gators in Gainesville last season.
And that’s why I think that’s really the biggest game on the Tigers’ schedule.