(BATON ROUGE, La.) — The 2020-2021 college football season starts Saturday, Sept. 26 for the defending national champion LSU Tigers as they host the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
The Tigers are coming off a historical season led by quarterback Joe Burrow who broke nine college football records. He had the single season record for most passing touchdowns and yards. Even without looking at Burrow’s year, 14 LSU players were selected in the 2020 NFL Draft breaking the school record and tying the national record for most players from one school selected in a seven round draft.
Impactful returning players from last season include cornerback Derek Stingley, safety Jacoby Stevens and St. Paul’s very own Jack Mashburn. Star wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase has decided to not play this year and instead will focus on the 2021 NFL Draft.
Death Valley, known for its roaring crowd noise, will be at 25% capacity because of COVID-19 restrictions. LSU is only allowed to play other Southeastern Conference teams, which means two fewer games than usual.
LSU will start Myles Brennan at quarterback replacing Burrow, who now plays for the Cincinnati Bengals.