With the college football season only a month away, Fox Sports has released the 30 games they believe will decide this year's national champion.
LSU, considered a major contender for the title by most college football experts, landed four matchups on the top 30 list.
Saturday, Sept. 3: LSU vs. Wisconsin (Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI)
There’s an old saying: "You can’t go undefeated if you don’t win the first one." And there’s no doubt that whether they go undefeated or not, there is a ‘championship or bust’ feel in Baton Rouge this season. The Tigers are built to win a national championship in 2016, but can’t afford to slip up against a good Wisconsin team in its home state.
Saturday, Sept. 24: LSU at Auburn
Again, LSU is good, really good, and has a schedule that plays to its favor with home games against Alabama and Ole Miss. But of all the Tigers' tough road games, the most difficult may be at Auburn, a place where LSU has struggled through the years. While LSU has won eight straight over the (other) Tigers in Baton Rouge, it is just 2-6 against Auburn at Jordan-Hare since 2000. If Les Miles’ club truly wants to compete for a title, this is a game it simply has to win.
Saturday, October 22: Ole Miss at LSU:
On a relatively quiet weekend in college football, this is the one game that could have truly monstrous national championship implications. By this point in the year, the tough part of the Rebels schedule (including games against Alabama, Georgia and Arkansas) is done, and a win here -- coupled with victories earlier in the season -- could make them the leader in the SEC West clubhouse entering the closing stretch of the season. As for LSU, well, a victory here could do the same, and more importantly could set it up for a monster showdown two weeks later, when it hosts some team named ‘Alabama.’
Saturday, Nov. 5: Alabama at LSU:
If Clemson-Florida State is the single-most important game of the regular season, this one could very well be a close second. As mentioned LSU could very well be a national championship contender this year, but remember, it was last year, too, starting the season 7-0 and getting to No. 2 in the country before losing to Alabama. And ultimately, that’s the conundrum of this entire season for Les Miles: It doesn’t matter what the Tigers do before the Alabama game, only what he does against them, and afterward. The Tigers have lost five in a row to ‘Bama, and a sixth straight could cost Miles his job. A win here could push the Tigers straight through to the college football playoff.
The SEC has at least one team playing in 13 of the 30 matchups.
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