BATON ROUGE -- LSU will open the 2007 football season on a Thursday night as the Tigers will face Mississippi State in Starkville on Aug. 30, the Southeastern Conference announced on Thursday.
The game will be televised to a national audience on ESPN and marks the first time the Tigers will appear on the network’s Thursday night telecast.
“This is a great opportunity to showcase our University and the LSU football program,” head coach Les Miles said. “The chance to play on Thursday night on national television against a quality opponent like Mississippi State is something that we are excited about.”
The 2007 season will mark the first time since 1991 that LSU will play a conference game to open the year. LSU lost at Georgia to open the 1991 season. It also marks the second time in three years that LSU will go on the road to start a season. LSU beat Arizona State, 35-31, in Tempe to open the 2005 season.
The moving of the Mississippi State game to Aug. 30 also forced the Tigers to shift the Middle Tennessee contest, originally scheduled as LSU’s 2007 season opener, to Sept. 15.
LSU’s 2007 home opener now comes against Virginia Tech on Sept. 8.
The rest of the 2007 LSU schedule remains unchanged at this time. The Arkansas game may be moved to its traditional Friday date but that determination has not yet been made by the SEC and the television networks.
LSU returns a total of 14 starters from last year’s team that posted an 11-2 overall mark and finished the year ranked No. 3 in the nation following the 41-14 win over Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl.
2007 LSU Football Schedule
Aug. 30 at Mississippi State Starkville, Miss ESPN
Sept. 8 Virginia Tech Tiger Stadium
Sept. 15 Middle Tennessee Tiger Stadium
Sept. 22 South Carolina Tiger Stadium
Sept. 29 Tulane New Orleans, La.
Oct. 6 Florida Tiger Stadium
Oct. 13 Kentucky Lexington, Ky.
Oct. 20 Auburn Tiger Stadium
Oct. 27 Open
Nov. 3 Alabama Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Nov. 10 Louisiana Tech Tiger Stadium
Nov. 17 Ole Miss Oxford, Miss.
Nov. 24 Arkansas Tiger Stadium