LSU traveling to the Valley of the Sun
The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina continues to effect college football. LSU postponed its home and season opener against North Texas, and now must kick off the season on the road in Tempe, Arizona against the Arizona State Sun Devils.
Not only do the Tigers lose a home game, but gain a tough road game. LSU players are still dealing with the issues of Katrina, and opening on the road only makes it tougher.
LSU was a solid favorite at home, but on the road this game is a toss up. LSU could come out like gang busters, and play the game of their lives considering everything they have endured the past week. The possibility of the Tigers playing flat and unfocused is not out of the question, either.
LSU is a legitimate national title contender, and Arizona State is widely considered as a darkhorse to upset USC and win the Pac Ten conference. The Sun Devils now are the only team in the country to host the past two national champions this season.
Arizona State was more than capable of pulling the upset over the more talented LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge, but now they might be a slight favorite considering the circumstances.