BATON ROUGE, La. – “We coming, man. We coming. I’m excited, and I know my teammates share the same thing as me. I’m excited. Every time I think of it, think of that day, I’m just like ‘wow, it’s here,'” senior defensive end Ali Gaye said.
LSU will make a historic trip to the west coast in less than two weeks. The season opener will be the Tigers’ first time at the Rose Bowl, and playing in the Granddaddy of Them All will be a dream come true for the Bayou Bengals.
“I’m excited. I’ve always wanted to play in the Rose Bowl. I think just growing up it’s such a incredible place to play at. I’ve even played it on NCAA, which is kind of cool,” starting quarterback Max Johnson added.
The Tigers will have to keep the road game a business trip. LSU hasn’t forgotten how last year’s season opener (and the entire season) went, and the lackluster performance has become the team’s motivation.
“I don’t think we’ll ever forget about 2020. It’s always something that’s going be there in the back of our heads, and it’s always going remind us what we used to be. We’ll always remember 2020 as one of those years that things didn’t go right or the way we wanted,” Gaye said.
Last year’s season opener was a loss to Mississippi State, when Bulldogs’ quarterback K.J. Costello threw an SEC record 623 passing yards. The Tigers lost 44-34.
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