2016 LSU Tigers football team

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2016 LSU Tigers football
LSU Athletics logo.svg
Citrus Bowl champion
Citrus Bowl, W 29–9 vs. Louisville
Conference Southeastern Conference
Division Western Division
Ranking
Coaches No. 14
AP No. 13
2016 record 8–4 (5–3 SEC)
Head coach Les Miles (4 games; fired 9/25)
Ed Orgeron (interim)
Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron (4 games)
Steve Ensminger (interim)
Offensive scheme Pro-style
Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda (1st season)
Base defense 3–4
Home stadium Tiger Stadium
(Capacity: 102,321)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 14 Florida x   6 2         9 4  
No. 22 Tennessee   4 4         9 4  
Georgia   4 4         8 5  
Kentucky   4 4         7 6  
South Carolina   3 5         6 7  
Vanderbilt   3 5         6 7  
Missouri   2 6         4 8  
West Division
No. 2 Alabama x$^   8 0         14 1  
No. 24 Auburn   5 3         8 5  
No. 13 LSU   5 3         8 4  
Texas A&M   4 4         8 5  
Arkansas   3 5         7 6  
Mississippi State   3 5         6 7  
Ole Miss   2 6         5 7  
Championship: Alabama 54, Florida 16
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2016 LSU Tigers football team represented Louisiana State University in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Tigers play their home games at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and compete in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They were led by 12th year head coach Les Miles for the first four games of the year before he was fired on September 25 along with offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.[1] Miles was replaced by interim head coach Ed Orgeron, who was later promoted to head coach on November 26, 2016. They finished the season 8–4, 5–3 in SEC play to finish in a tie for second place in the Western Division. They were invited to the Citrus Bowl where they defeated Louisville.

Schedule[edit]

LSU announced its 2016 football schedule on October 29, 2015. Because of scheduling issues, the 2016 schedule consisted of 7 home, 3 away and 1 neutral site games in the regular season. The Tigers were to host SEC foes Alabama, Mississippi State, Missouri, and Ole Miss, and travel to Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, and Texas A&M.[2]

The Tigers competed against the Missouri Tigers for the first time since the 1978 Liberty Bowl which Missouri won 20–15. The team traveled to Green Bay, Wisconsin to compete against Wisconsin from the Big Ten Conference at Lambeau Field. LSU hosted two non–conference games against Jacksonville State from the Ohio Valley Conference and Southern Miss from Conference USA. LSU was scheduled to play South Alabama from the Sun Belt Conference, but it was cancelled after the Florida game was rescheduled due to Hurricane Matthew.

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 2:30 p.m. vs. Wisconsin* No. 5 Lambeau FieldGreen Bay, WI ABC L 14–16   73,128
September 10 6:30 p.m. Jacksonville State* No. 21 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA ESPNU W 34–13   98,389
September 17 6:00 p.m. Mississippi State No. 20 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA (Rivalry) ESPN2 W 23–20   99,910
September 24 5:00 p.m. at Auburn No. 18 Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, AL (Tiger Bowl) ESPN L 13–18   87,451
October 1 6:30 p.m. Missouridagger Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA SECN W 42–7   102,071
October 15 6:30 p.m. Southern Miss* Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA SECN W 45–10   102,164
October 22 8:00 p.m. No. 23 Ole Miss No. 25 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA (Magnolia Bowl) ESPN W 38–21   101,720
November 5 7:00 p.m. No. 1 Alabama No. 15 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA (Rivalry) CBS L 0–10   102,321
November 12 6:00 p.m. at Arkansas No. 19 Donald W. Reynolds Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR (Golden Boot) ESPN W 38–10   75,156
November 19[a] 12:00 p.m. No. 21 Florida No. 16 Tiger Stadium[3][4] • Baton Rouge, LA (Rivalry) SECN L 10–16   102,043
November 24 6:30 p.m. at No. 22 Texas A&M No. 25 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX (Rivalry) ESPN W 54–39   102,961
December 31 10:00 a.m. vs. No. 15 Louisville* No. 19 Camping World StadiumOrlando, FL (Citrus Bowl) ABC W 29–9   46,063
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.
^[a] The October 8 game between LSU and Florida was postponed in advance of the arrival of Hurricane Matthew.[5] The game was eventually rescheduled for November 19 at Tiger Stadium, replacing the previously scheduled game against South Alabama.
Schedule Source:[6]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 5 (1) 21 20 18 RV RV RV 25 19 15 19 16 25 21 19 13 
Coaches 6 22 22 17 RV RV 25 23 19 14 19 14 RV 21 20 14 
CFP Not released 13 24 16 NR 21 20 Not released

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/sec/2016/09/25/les-miles-fired-lsu/91089640/
  2. ^ "2016 SEC Football Schedule Released" (Press release). Louisiana State University Department of Athletics. October 29, 2015. Retrieved November 5, 2015. 
  3. ^ "LSU vs Florida Rescheduled After Hurricane Matthew". Bleacher Report. October 13, 2016. Retrieved October 13, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Football to Host Florida Nov. 19 in Tiger Stadium". LSUSports.net. October 13, 2016. Retrieved October 13, 2016. 
  5. ^ "SEC: LSU-Florida Football Postponed" (Press release). Louisiana State University Department of Athletics. October 6, 2016. Retrieved October 6, 2016. 
  6. ^ "2016 LSU Tigers Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved November 5, 2015.