Since 2006, LSU is 10-1 on opening season games and has won those games by an average margin of victory of 18.5 points per game. Last season’s loss to Wisconsin in Green Bay, 14-13, snapped the Tigers winning streak.
LSU’s four losses to Wisconsin, Auburn, Alabama and Florida were a combined 42-13 overall or .763%.
The Tigers lost their four games by a total of 23 points or 5.7 points per game.
Since 2006, BYU is 9-2 in opening season games and have won those games by an average margin of victory of 11.0 points per game. Three of BYU’s four losses in 2016 came on the road or on a neutral field site (at Utah, at Boise St. & West Virginia in Baltimore Maryland).
BYU won 9 games in 2016, with 8 wins coming against FBS opponents with a combined overall record of 38-62 or .380%.
The only two FBS teams BYU beat with a winning record were Wyoming and Toledo.
BYU lost their four games in 2016 by a total of 8 points or 2 points per game.
The Tigers ended their 2016 season with dominant road/neutral field victories over Texas A&M and Louisville. LSU averaged 28 points per game and rushed for 233 yards per game along with passing for 190 yards per game through the air last season.
Purdue transfer quarterback Danny Etling stepped in for Brandon Harris and brought stability to the offense and developed down the stretch in stretching defenses vertically. On the year, Etling completed 59% of his passes for 2,123 yards with 11 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Etling showed poise in the pocket and played well in games against Texas A&M and Louisville completing 36 of 57 passes (63%) for 541 yards with 4 touchdowns and one interception.
In LSU’s four losses in 2016, the offense completed 52 of 98 passes (53%) for 545 yards (149 passing yards per game) with 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Leading receiver, Malachi Dupre, who led the team 41 receptions for 593 with 3 touchdowns only managed 12 receptions for 101 yards with no scores (25 yards per game).
Third down conversions in the Tigers four losses was evident as well. On the year, LSU converted 43% of their third down attempts in 2016. However, in the team’s four losses, the Tigers managed to convert 17 of 52 attempts or 32% of their opportunities.
Running back Derius Guice led the team with 1,387 rushing yards averaging 7.5 yards per carry with 15 rushing touchdowns. However, even though Guice split time with departed running back Leonard Fournette- he only rushed for a total of 156 rushing yards (with one rushing TD) in LSU’s four losses or 39 rushing yards per game.
Defensively, the Tigers allowed 15 points per game and held opposing offenses to 117 rushing yards per game along with 197 passing yards through the air in 2016.
LSU recorded 36 sacks as a defensive unit with 15 sacks coming in the last four games of the year.
LSU held opposing offenses to 32% on their third down attempts and only allowed one team to pass for over 250 yards per game on their secondary-Texas A&M (284 passing yards).
LSU held 8 of 12 opponents to under 54% completions on the 2016 season. The Tigers finished even in turnover margin in 2016.