2016 LSU Tigers football team
The 2016 LSU Tigers football team represented Louisiana State University in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Tigers play their home games at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and compete in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They were led by 12th year head coach Les Miles for the first four games of the year before he was fired on September 25 along with offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. Miles was replaced by interim head coach Ed Orgeron, who was later promoted to head coach on November 26, 2016. They finished the season 8–4, 5–3 in SEC play to finish in a tie for second place in the Western Division. They were invited to the Citrus Bowl where they defeated Louisville.
|2016 LSU Tigers football|
Citrus Bowl champion
|2016 record||8–4 (5–3 SEC)|
|Head coach||Les Miles (4 games; fired 9/25)|
Ed Orgeron (interim)
|Offensive coordinator||Cam Cameron (4 games)|
Steve Ensminger (interim)
|Defensive coordinator||Dave Aranda (1st season)|
|Home stadium||Tiger Stadium|
|2016 SEC football standings|
|No. 14 Florida x||6||–||2||9||–||4|
|No. 22 Tennessee||4||–||4||9||–||4|
|No. 2 Alabama x$^||8||–||0||14||–||1|
|No. 24 Auburn||5||–||3||8||–||5|
|No. 13 LSU||5||–||3||8||–||4|
|Championship: Alabama 54, Florida 16|
Rankings from AP Poll
LSU announced its 2016 football schedule on October 29, 2015. Because of scheduling issues, the 2016 schedule consisted of 7 home, 3 away and 1 neutral site games in the regular season. The Tigers were to host SEC foes Alabama, Mississippi State, Missouri, and Ole Miss, and travel to Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, and Texas A&M.
The Tigers competed against the Missouri Tigers for the first time since the 1978 Liberty Bowl which Missouri won 20–15. The team traveled to Green Bay, Wisconsin to compete against Wisconsin from the Big Ten Conference at Lambeau Field. LSU hosted two non–conference games against Jacksonville State from the Ohio Valley Conference and Southern Miss from Conference USA. LSU was scheduled to play South Alabama from the Sun Belt Conference, but it was cancelled after the Florida game was rescheduled due to Hurricane Matthew.
|September 3||2:30 p.m.||vs. Wisconsin*||No. 5||ABC||L 14–16||73,128|
|September 10||6:30 p.m.||Jacksonville State*||No. 21||ESPNU||W 34–13||98,389|
|September 17||6:00 p.m.||Mississippi State||No. 20||ESPN2||W 23–20||99,910|
|September 24||5:00 p.m.||at Auburn||No. 18||ESPN||L 13–18||87,451|
|October 1||6:30 p.m.||Missouri||SECN||W 42–7||102,071|
|October 15||6:30 p.m.||Southern Miss*||SECN||W 45–10||102,164|
|October 22||8:00 p.m.||No. 23 Ole Miss||No. 25||ESPN||W 38–21||101,720|
|November 5||7:00 p.m.||No. 1 Alabama||No. 15||CBS||L 0–10||102,321|
|November 12||6:00 p.m.||at Arkansas||No. 19||ESPN||W 38–10||75,156|
|November 19[a]||12:00 p.m.||No. 21 Florida||No. 16||SECN||L 10–16||102,043|
|November 24||6:30 p.m.||at No. 22 Texas A&M||No. 25||ESPN||W 54–39||102,961|
|December 31||10:00 a.m.||vs. No. 15 Louisville*||No. 19||ABC||W 29–9||46,063|
|2016 LSU Tigers football team roster|
|CFP||Not released||13||24||16||NR||21||20||Not released|
- "LSU fires coach Les Miles four games into his 12th season". Retrieved 17 November 2018.
- "2016 SEC Football Schedule Released" (Press release). Louisiana State University Department of Athletics. October 29, 2015. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
- "LSU vs Florida Rescheduled After Hurricane Matthew". Bleacher Report. October 13, 2016. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
- "Football to Host Florida Nov. 19 in Tiger Stadium". LSUSports.net. October 13, 2016. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
- "SEC: LSU-Florida Football Postponed" (Press release). Louisiana State University Department of Athletics. October 6, 2016. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
- "2016 LSU Tigers Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved November 5, 2015.