LSU is looking to improve to 3-1 this weekend with a win over visiting New Mexico. The Tigers are riding a two-game winning streak after dispatching Southern and Mississippi State over the last two weeks. They now face a Lobos squad that comes in looking to win two straight, as well. New Mexico comes to Tiger Stadium for the first time with a 2-1 record, so which team will head into the next week with a 3-1 record?
The Bayou Bengals will use this game as one final tune-up ahead of a tough run against SEC opponents. Brian Kelly has already teased a change in offensive approach as his team will throw the ball around. On that same note, LSU will be without star receiver Kayshon Boutte. Players such as Jack Bech and Malik Nabers will need to step up in his absence.
Will the Tigers be able to cope with some key absences and drop the Lobos to 2-2 on the year? Here is all of the information you need to know ahead of LSU vs. New Mexico:
LSU vs. New Mexico: Start time, live stream, TV info and more
Date: Saturday, September 24
Kickoff time: 6:30 p.m. CT
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Stadium: Tiger Stadium
TV channels: ESPN+, SEN+
Live stream: fuboTV
Odds: LSU -31.5
This game will kick off slightly later than last week’s SEC opener against the Bulldogs. The Tigers and the Lobos will take the field at 6:30 p.m. CT for a battle on a true Louisiana night stage. The sun will find its home in the western sky around 30 minutes after kickoff, and it’ll become Saturday night in Death Valley.
The matchup can be seen exclusively on ESPN’s streaming platform, on both ESPN+ and SEC Network+. Mike Corey and Dave Steckel will have ESPN+’s call for LSU vs. New Mexico. Joining them on the sideline will be veteran reporter Jalyn Johnson.
The Bayou Bengals have covered the spread in two of their three games thus far. There are question marks about whether or not they’ll be able to do it on Saturday night. Oddsmakers in Vegas currently have the line set at -31.5, which is relatively large for a team like LSU taking on a Mountain West opponent. The Tigers are -20000 on FanDuel Sportsbook to win the contest, there is little question about the result once the clock hits triple zeros in Baton Rouge.
A convincing win would allow LSU to take some momentum with it next weekend. Kelly’s team is truly on the road for the first time all season—Week 1 against Florida State was in New Orleans, which is basically a home game—next week when it travels to Auburn.
The Tigers from the Plains aren’t in a great place right now, so a confident 3-1 LSU team coming in could be enough to intimidate a struggling squad. The Bayou Bengals need to piece everything together before they focus on winning anything else in the SEC though. The game against New Mexico gives the Tigers a platform to practice in real-time once more.