Smiley: Tigers wind up seeing orange | Smiley Anders

If it’s August, it’s time for my annual Fearless Football Forecast, in which I seek to prove that a fan who watches games from a La-Z-Boy (product placement alert!) can be just as wrong as someone who watches from a press box.

As usual, I’m optimistic about the season ahead for the LSU Tigers, but realistic enough to see a couple of stumbles along the way.

Initial reaction

LSU gets off to a roaring start with a decisive victory over BYU in Houston. The Brigham Youngsters, sturdy Mormon lads, are no match for the more ecumenical group from Baton Rouge.

Knocking ‘Nooga

The Chattanooga team enjoys its trip to Tiger Stadium, except for the game itself. After a one-sided loss, the visitors head back to the hills with a hefty check for their troubles.

The cowbells toll

The Tigers next journey to Starkville (the “Stark Vegas” gag has gotten stale) to meet Mississippi State. As usual, State is tough. As usual, the Tigers win. The Bulldog’s traditional after-game party at the Starkville McDonald’s is a somber affair…

Orange you glad?

Syracuse is next up, and the return to the friendly confines of Tiger Stadium is good for the Bayou Bengals, who survive a shaky first half and go on to pull out a victory.

Not this time

Troy comes into Baton Rouge with memories of a near-upset in 2008, when the Trojans led 31-10 in the fourth quarter and LSU had to score a record 30 points for the comeback 40-31 victory. But there’s no chance of a repeat this year, and the Trojans head back to Alabama sadder but richer.

Chomp, chomp!

With a 5-0 record, the Tigers are feeling pretty good about themselves. But Florida’s Homecoming game in Gainesville, against a team it’s been chomping at the bit to meet again, proves too steep a hill to climb, and the LSU team limps back home with its first loss.

Upset time

The undefeated Auburn Tigers cruise into Baton…

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