LSU released its full 2018 schedule on Thursday, which now includes special events. Most of what was revealed on that schedule was pretty standard. But there was one key piece of information that may upset an opposing team in the SEC West.
The Tigers announced that they would be playing Mississippi State on Oct. 20 for Homecoming. Here’s a look at the tweet.
— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) March 15, 2018
It’s usually taken as a sign of disrespect to be scheduled for Homecoming if you’re considered a quality opponent. More than likely, that holds even more true when you’re an in-conference rival.
Was that the goal here?
It’s entirely possible. At the same time, Homecoming is normally scheduled in the latter half of the season.
The only three home games for the Tigers in October or later are Georgia, Mississippi State, Alabama and Rice. It would be foolish for LSU to hand a team like Georgia or Alabama the added motivation by labeling them as a Homecoming opponent. In addition, the game against Rice won’t take place until Week 12, which may be too late in the season.
That only leaves the Bulldogs of the SEC West as the only feasible option left.
There’s no doubt that State fans are going to take this as a jab. When you consider that the Tigers were handed a convincing 37-7 loss last season in Starkville, that jab may even seem intentional.
The more likely scenario is that it was a lesser of three evils.
Either way, these two teams don’t like each other, so expect a fun rivalry game come Oct. 20.
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