BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– The LSU Tigers lost their season opener against the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Saturday.
Tiger fans are grieving the tough loss.
“I was honestly a little disappointed in the team,” Tiger Fan Calder Reed said.
Coming off of a perfect, undefeated 2019 season Saturday’s loss is even harder to swallow.
“I found it frustrating because we are the reigning national champs,” Tiger Fan and LSU student Parker Ramirez said.
Fans believe the unusual atmosphere in Tiger Stadium made a significant impact on the result of the game.
“I don’t think it was as intimidating, so the other team was able to fully execute their game plan without any type of interruption,” Tiger Fan Y.J. Bourgeois said.
“I think that Tiger Stadium without fans is dead honestly, it’s not the way we are used to things and I think that’s disappointing and I think it made a great impact on the team,” Reed said.
Less than 25,000 fans attended Saturday’s game. Current LSU guidelines require the stadium to remain under 25% capacity due to Covid-19 concerns.
“I felt like I was at a practice at times because you could actually hear the receivers receiving the punt and hitting their hands, so at points in time it felt like I was at a practice and not a game,” Bourgeois said.
But for those loyal to the purple and gold this is just a bump in the road.
“I’ve been an LSU fan for 52 of my 62 years, I’ve seen some low times, I’ve seen some good times, but I’m looking forward to getting things back to normal,” Bourgeois said.
Next week the Tigers will head to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt.
The Tennessee University is not allowing any fans in their stadium due to concerns over Covid-19.