LSU football has gotten off to a decent start this season. The Tigers were a blocked PAT against Florida State away from being 3-0 to start with New Mexico coming to Baton Rouge this weekend. However, fans of the purple and gold will settle for 2-1 after the thrilling come-from-behind victory over Mississippi State at the weekend.
Even though the 2022 season is just getting underway, many are now looking ahead to the 2023 slate. The Southeastern Conference decided the Tuesday night before Week 4 kickoffs would be the best time to release the 2023 schedules, so fans were treated to that on their way home from work. LSU got a favorable draw considering it’s in the SEC. There are a lot of winnable games for the Tigers during Kelly’s second season in Louisiana.
Let’s take a look at how things shake out and how fans are reacting to the news.
LSU football: Fans react on social media to the Tigers’ official 2023 schedule
The Bayou Bengals’ non-conference games next season are at Florida State in Week 1, vs. Grambling in Week 2, vs. Army in Week 8 and vs. Georgia State in Week 12. LSU will get a chance at redemption over the Seminoles in that run. Meanwhile, Grambling and Army’s visits will create atmospheres never before seen in Baton Rouge.
The most notable change in SEC play is the Battle for the Golden Boot being bumped up to September. This is a full two months before the Tigers are used to squaring off against the Razorbacks in a game that used to mean a lot more than it seems to now. LSU’s annual game against Florida has been pushed back to November to accommodate for this change.
Here is what fans had to say on social media about Tuesday’s 2023 schedule release:
LSU fans aren’t the only ones unhappy about the Battle for the Golden Boot being shuffled around like it’s a meaningless match-up for both schools. Arkansas fans had their say on the matter after finding out the Razorbacks open up SEC play in 2023 with their age-old rivals.
As if the SEC couldn’t upset any more fanbases with this shift. Gators fans chimed in with their thoughts on the annual early-season battle with the Tigers being moved, as well.
Not everybody was upset with the Bayou Bengals’ schedule release though. Some were just relieved to find out the Week 2 game was against Grambling. LSU Football’s official Twitter account took the colors of opposing logos out of the schedule graphic, which led to a lot of confusion for those seeing it for the first time.
Overall, here are some of the biggest takeaways and tidbits regarding 2023’s itinerary.
While everyone will have their own say about each team’s respective 2023 schedule, it seems as if the consensus is that LSU has a manageable schedule next season.
As long as the program can continue to take steps in the right direction under Kelly and his staff, the Tigers could be a dark horse to make some serious noise on the national stage next season. It goes without saying there is a whole 2022 season and offseason in between now and then. Regardless, this is music to LSU fans’ ears.