After all the drama that happened over the past few weeks, it’s time for the LSU football team to put that behind them and focus on the task at hand -- their season opener against Oregon.

You have been waiting, Tiger fans, for the kickoff of the 2011 season ever since the Tigers beat Texas A&M in the Cotton bowl.

Ironically, the Tigers begin the 2011 season in the same stadium they finished off the 2010 season -- in Dallas at Cowboys Stadium.


One of the most anticipated and talked about season openers in school history is a day away as fourth-ranked LSU will square off against third-ranked Oregon at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday in the Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas.

Playing the marquee game during the opening week of the 2011 college football season, LSU and Oregon will become the first top-five teams to square off at a neutral site during the first week of a season since 1984. It’s only the third time in the history of college football that a two top-five teams meet during the first week of the season at a natural site.

Oregon is also the highest-ranked season-opening opponent for LSU in school history, matching the Tigers’ game against third-ranked Texas A&M in 1995.

LSU and Oregon will be televised to a national audience on ABC.


So with the rain, it would be a good day to fire up the gumbo pot and get ready for the marquee match of the day when LSU and Oregon meet tonight at 7 p.m.  I will be watching, will you?