I recently saw a blog post (don't ask me where, I couldn't tell you) about interesting venues for a college football game. It got me thinking, what would be some cool venues and opponents for an LSU game. It's not just LSU-Michigan at the Big House, you have to think outside the box. So here's my take, in no particular order because they'd all be awesome!
1) LSU vs. Texas at Texas Motor Speedway at Fort Worth, Texas - The track has already made overtures to land the Red River Shootout to no avail. The next best option would be replacing the Sooners with another top 10 program with a huge following in the Dallas area, LSU. The speedway seats nearly 130,000 and with the right portable seating could probably come close to 150,000 for this game.
On a side note, LSU and Texas should sign a contract to play anyway, at Houston one year and at the Superdome another, if not a home-and-home.
2) LSU vs. Ole Miss on a steamboat on the Mississippi River at Natchez, Miss. - The Magnolia Bowl, as it is now called (was that really necessary) would be the first game to be played on water. Of course, there is no steamboat wide enough to currently hold an entire football field. The Mississippi Queen is long enough, it just needs about 90 feet more width. Fans could watch the game from each side of the river with LSU fans on the Louisiana side and Rebel fans on the Mississippi side. Who knows, maybe we could place a riverboat casino in one end zone to take bets on the game.
3) LSU vs. Texas A&M at Fort Hood, Texas - Two of the south's most storied military colleges on one of the nation's largest and most famous Army bases. LSU's rich military history has dimished over the years, but the tradition still exists behind its first president, Gen. William Sherman. Texas A&M still boasts one of the nation's finest military programs, especially outside of the service academies. This was once a very strong rivalry which would be well served to be re-ignited.
4) LSU vs. Tulane at Jackson Square at New Orleans - Okay, we might have to do some groundskeeping and move the Andrew Jackson statue for a day, but how cool would it be? Two old SEC rivals squaring off at one of New Orleans most historic landmarks with Saint Louis Cathedral in the background. When the Crescent City was created, it was centered around what is now Jackson Square. It would be classic.=
5) LSU vs. USC at The Staples Center at Los Angeles - That's right, let's finally settle the score from 2003, but do it indoors. Throw out the 100-yard field and cushy sidelines. Let's do it Arena League style. Three-man offensive lines, a man in motion heading towards the line of scrimmage, playing the ball off the nets, the whole nine yards. And you can't forget the great promotions and beer sales!