BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU's game with McNeese State Saturday is such a mismatch the odds makers in Las Vegas won't even issue a betting line on the season opener, which is standard practice for games matching FBS and FCS division teams.
However, the Tigers aren't buying the mismatch, after spending the summer watching video of the Cowboys' season opener last year at Nebraska.
"They went up there with nothing to lose and we feel like they're going to do the same thing here," said defensive tackle Christian LaCouture, a native of Lincoln, Nebraska.
The Cowboys led Bo Pelini's team early and only lost by a touchdown, 31-24.
"They tried to get the job done and almost did. McNeese is a team we definitely won't look past," said LaCouture.
"They played Nebraska off their feet, and if it wasn't for a great play late in the game, they would have had Nebraska," said Tigers coach Les Miles at Monday night's delayed news conference on the game.
McNeese State coach Matt Viator led his Cowboys to a road win over FBS South Florida in 2013.
"You know we're going to emphasize to our players what we emphasize every year when we go play a bigger school," said Viator on Monday. "We're going to do what we do. It's what we did last year at Nebraska. It's what we did against North Carolina, Texas A&M, whatever.
"We're not inventing the wheel or going in there and trying to trick them and do all that kind of stuff, which we've never done. If you've watched our scrimmages, which hopefully LSU hasn't, that's what we're going to do. It's no secret."