Vanderbilt Bump Rules
If I may steal the “Vanderbilt bump” reference from Barrett Sallee...
LSU football will welcome Vanderbilt to Tiger Stadium on November 23rd, which is significant. Such date is the second-to-last regular season game, which historically precedes the annual matchup with Texas A&M.
However, the Tigers will play Oklahoma in their final game of the season in 2024.
Oklahoma is still finding its way in the Brent Venables era, but they’re a formidable opponent. I think they’ll pose a more significant challenge to LSU in 2024 than the Aggies. Regardless, landing Vanderbilt as an opponent almost guarantees an easy win the week before a dogfight.
I don’t mean to disrespect Vanderbilt, but they remain the SEC’s football bottom-dweller. Playing a surface-scraping opponent between games against Florida and Oklahoma is vital to staying on the SEC championship game hunt I believe LSU football is destined for.
It’s no secret that college football teams are tired and somewhat beat up by Week 11 of the regular season. Thus, a home game against Vanderbilt will allow LSU to exercise its roster depth.