Nov. 25: ARKANSAS
FAMILIES LIVING near Tiger Stadium ran from their homes in fear when a giant roar arose on Halloween night 1959. There was no emergency—Billy Cannon had just returned a punt 89 yards for a touchdown against Ole Miss. The noise emanating from Death Valley has only grown louder through the decades: The din unleashed by a game-winning touchdown over Auburn in '88 jiggled the needle on a seismograph in LSU's geology department.
Opposing players must walk past an actual caged tiger (a Bengal-Siberian mix named Mike VI). But it seems that LSU's most formidable weapon, aside from a perennially stocked roster, is nightfall. Since 1960 the Bayou Bengals are 219-60-4 in night games, compared to their 21-26-3 record by day. Rather than squander daylight hours, many LSU fans spend them ingesting adult beverages. The result, according to everydayshouldbesaturday.com, is a game day experience "peerless in terms of demonstrated intensity, lunacy, commitment, flair, and menace."
WHEN TO VISIT
Sept. 3: SOUTH FLORIDA (Welcome Back, Skip Holtz!)
Oct. 22: USC
Nov. 19: BOSTON COLLEGE