LSU AD Says Non-Conference Opponents Are Scared

LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva has once again made the news this week. On Monday, Alleva guaranteed that there would not be a Thursday game played in Tiger Stadium when he was asked about the Thanksgiving game against Texas A&M this season. Now, Alleva is claiming that the Tigers’ non-conference opponents are afraid to play in Tiger Stadium.

In a report by College Football Talk, Alleva said “Literally 80 percent just say ‘no’ right away. They’re a little more open to the so-called neutral-site game. That’s why we were able to attract a Wisconsin, a TCU … BYU in the future.”

In 2011, the Tigers opened the season by playing Oregon in Houston and won 40-27. In 2013, they opened the season by beating TCU 37-27 in Arlington. Last season, the Tigers beat Wisconsin 28-24 to start the season, again in Houston. Do you see a pattern here?

Big-time conference opponents know that Tiger Stadium is a scary place to play and they will do whatever it takes not to play there. Smaller schools like North Texas, Tulane, and Louisiana Tech have no problem going to Baton Rouge and getting their butts kicked, because they are getting paid a large sum of money to do so.

Maybe LSU wouldn’t be so close to filing for bankruptcy if the big time programs would actually play them in Tiger Stadium. These other schools just know what it’s like to play in Baton Rouge on a Saturday night.

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