LSU Tigers Football History and Trivia

LSU Tigers Stadium

When did LSU First Begin Playing Football?

LSU's football program was established in 1893, and the team played its first official game in 1894 against Tulane University.
The team's nickname, the "Tigers," was first used in 1896. The nickname reflects the Confederate army units from Louisiana known as the "Louisiana Tigers" during the Civil War.

Where does LSU Play its Home Games?

The Tigers play their home games at Tiger Stadium, often referred to as "Death Valley." It is one of the most iconic and intimidating venues in college football.
Tiger Stadium opened with a capacity of 12,000 in 1924. Renovations and expansions have brought the stadium's current capacity to 102,321, making it the second largest stadium in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), fifth largest stadium in the NCAA and the seventh largest stadium in the world (Wikipedia).

How Many Championships has LSU Won?

LSU has won multiple conference football championships in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and have claimed four national championships, with titles in 1958, 2003, 2007, and 2019.

The 2003 season saw LSU win the BCS National Championship, defeating Oklahoma 21-14 in the Sugar Bowl.
In 2007, under coach Les Miles, LSU won another BCS National Championship by defeating Ohio State 38-24 in the title game.
The 2019 season was particularly memorable, with LSU finishing the season 15-0 and winning the College Football Playoff National Championship by defeating Clemson 42-25 under Head Coach Ed Orgeron.

Have any Heisman Trophy Winners Played for LSU?

Billy Cannon LSU Tigers

LSU has produced three Heisman Trophy winners:

The "Earthquake Game" refers to a famous moment in LSU history when the extreme fan reaction following a late touchdown against Auburn in 1988 registered on a seismograph on LSU's campus.