NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A fresh start for LSU football in 2015 kicks off Saturday night in Death Valley against McNeese State.
"It's been a while since we played against another team," senior tackle Vadal Alexander said. "(We) get to hit other colors, so it's real exciting, game week starts. We're ready to prepare and get ready for the game and can't wait."
The Tigers are a perfect 10-0 in season-opening games under Les Miles, and while LSU is a heavy favorite, the Tigers are planning to refine their game with SEC play opening next week.
"We jump right into it," junior linebacker Kendell Beckwith said. "We gotta be ready. This is a game to see where we're at as a defense, as a team. We're gonna have to get going. Once we see where we're at, what we have to improve on, we gotta get them fixed quick and be ready to roll."
Brandon Harris will start at quarterback, but Miles did not rule out the possibility of Anthony Jennings taking snaps. Leading receiver Travin Dural says both teammates are much better prepared than a year ago.
"I feel very confident in both of those guys," Dural said. "Both of those guys have learned a lot from last year. Both matured a lot, and they're making the right decisions with the ball in practice. I feel more confident in those guys than I did last year."
Look for a healthy dose of Leonard Fournette running the ball, but other New Orleans natives like Darrel Williams and freshman Donte Jackson will get their opportunities as well.
"I think Darrel Williams is an elite back," coach Les Miles said. "I think he'll play extremely well in this game..I think you will see Donte Jackson playing in a number of spots."
LSU has won 49-straight non-conference regular season games, the longest streak in the country. Barring a huge upset Saturday night, it will be 50 wins in a row before the Tigers shift to SEC play in week two against Mississippi State.