We’re now getting into the thick of things with LSU football. The season is officially upon us as the Tigers begin to wrap up preparations for their third game of the year, their first in Southeastern Conference play. After a 1-1 start against non-conference foes for Brian Kelly’s men, Mississippi State travels into town on Saturday late afternoon for a highly-anticipated SEC opener between two historic rivals from bordering states.
The unfortunate reality of football season—at least for the early months—in Baton Rouge is that it’s still accompanied by intense heat. The saving grace is most games played at Tiger Stadium kick off at night. However, this week’s match-up against the Bulldogs begins a bit sooner than usual, it’s a 5 p.m. CT kickoff. What will the weather look like for LSU’s SEC opening game?
LSU football: Weather report for the Tigers’ home game vs. Mississippi State
Luckily for those attending the game on Saturday, the heat looks to be staying away. There is a high of 89 degrees on the day with a relatively low 67% humidity. The temperatures at game time will be even lower, dipping down to 71 degrees throughout the evening. Unfortunately, the humidity will shoot up again to 90% as the night goes on.
The sun will find its home in the western sky and it’ll officially become Saturday night in Death Valley around 7:07 p.m. There will be a light breeze throughout the day with nothing exceeding 10 miles per hour though. The UV Index when the sun shines brightest will be nine of 10, so be sure to pack a couple of containers of sunscreen for the group if you’re headed to campus early.
Every LSU fanatic knows that the chance of rain in Tiger Stadium is never. That being said, fans watching at home may have hoped for rain this week as precipitation would work as a disadvantage to the visiting Bulldogs. Mississippi State’s air raid offense thrives under normal circumstances, and in a game this tight, the Tigers need all of the natural advantages they can get. Mother Nature doesn’t seem to be on the Bayou Bengals’ side this week though as there is only a 10 to 20% chance of rain throughout the day.
LSU will have to find other ways to stop quarterback Will Rogers and the rest of the Bulldogs’ pass-heavy offense. The hosts will return a handful of defensive playmakers this weekend though, which is a good first step toward containing Mike Leach’s lethal gunslinging attack.
Weather wise, this is the perfect day for football all things considered. The Tigers’ faithful will surely make the most of “a break” in the intense heat and enjoy a day full of tailgating across campus. It’s sure to be a party (let’s be honest, when isn’t it?) in Baton Rouge ahead of a massive SEC opener against one of LSU’s peskiest rivals over the last decade.
The wonderful weather will ensure that almost every bleacher in the 102,321-person stadium is filled on the evening to watch the Tigers duke it out against the Bulldogs.