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ONE TEAM, ONE CHANNEL: LSU starts defending 2019 national title on WAFB-TV

LSU vs. Clemson
New Orleans, LA
Jan. 13, 2020
LSU vs. Clemson New Orleans, LA Jan. 13, 2020(Mark Lagrange | WVUE: Mark Lagrange)
Updated: Sep. 23, 2020 at 5:42 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The first LSU football game of the 2020 season is finally upon us and you can watch it on WAFB-TV.

The defending 2019 national championship LSU Tigers will open their fourth full season under head coach Ed Orgeron when the No. 6-ranked Tigers take on their unranked SEC West division rival, Mississippi State, in Tiger Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 26.

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The Tigers are coming off their most dominant season in 2019, in which they went 15-0 and defeated No. 2 Clemson, 42-25, in the College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan. 13.

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron holds up the College Football Playoff National Championship trophy...
LSU head coach Ed Orgeron holds up the College Football Playoff National Championship trophy while being flanked by members of the LSU football team. LSU won its fourth national title in school history by defeating Clemson in New Orleans on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020.(Josh Auzenne/WAFB-TV | WAFB)

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During the 2019 season, LSU defeated seven opponents ranked in the Top 10, the most in college football history. LSU set an SEC record and tied the NCAA record with 14 total players drafted in the 2020 NFL Draft.

LSU holds the nation’s longest current winning streak against Mississippi State with 16 wins. Hear what coach Coach O has to say about the Bulldogs in the video below.

Redshirt junior Myles Brennan will replace Heisman Trophy-winner Joe Burrow at quarterback in his first career start on Saturday. Brennan has thrown for 600 yards and two touchdowns in limited action with LSU over the last three seasons.

LSU quarterback Myles Brennan (No. 15)
LSU quarterback Myles Brennan (No. 15)(Josh Auzenne/WAFB-TV | WAFB)

Brennan will have plenty of weapons at his disposal against the Bulldogs with LSU’s top returning wide receiver, Terrace Marshall Jr., who caught 46 passes for 671 yards and 13 touchdowns. Hear what Brennan has to say about taking over as the Tigers' new quarterback in the video below.

He will also likely throw to Gatorade National Player of the Year tight end Arik Gilbert. Teammates have said Gilbert could be the best tight end to ever play college football.

LSU tight end Arik Gilbert (No. 2)
LSU tight end Arik Gilbert (No. 2)(Gus Stark | Gus Stark)

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Senior wide receiver Racey McMath will also be another target for Brennan. McMath caught 17 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns, including a 60-yard touchdown pass from Burrow against the Bulldogs last season. Hear what running back Chris Curry has to say about LSU’s offense in the video below.

LSU will meet the Bulldogs for the 114th time on Saturday. The Tigers are 75-35-3 in the all-time series against Mississippi State and hold a 49-19-1 advantage when playing in Baton Rouge.

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The Bulldogs are coming off a 6-7 record in 2019 and have a new leader in former Washington State head coach Mike Leach.

Leach, who was an assistant coach at Kentucky in the late 90s, is no stranger to the culture of SEC football but is likely thankful his team will not feel the full brunt of Death Valley. Only 25% of Tiger Stadium’s seating capacity will be allowed in the stands for the game. LSU Athletics lists Tiger Stadium’s capacity at 102,321.

Mississippi State vs. LSU will be televised 
on WAFB-TV at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020.
Mississippi State vs. LSU will be televised on WAFB-TV at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020.(WAFB)

Kickoff for Mississippi State vs. LSU is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. CDT Saturday, Sept. 26.

You can watch the game on-air on WAFB-TV Channel 9 and stream the game with the CBS All Access app. The game will not be streaming on WAFB’s website or mobile app. For more information on how to watch WAFB on antenna, satellite, and cable click here.

WAFB-TV will also televise LSU’s matchups against Auburn and Alabama this season. Click here for LSU football’s full 2020 schedule.

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