1965 LSU Tigers football team

The 1965 LSU Tigers football team represented Louisiana State University during the 1965 NCAA University Division football season.

1965 LSU Tigers football
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Cotton Bowl, W 14–7 vs. Arkansas
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 14
APNo. 8
1965 record8–3 (3–3 SEC)
Head coachCharles McClendon (4th season)
Home stadiumTiger Stadium
Seasons
← 1964
1966 →
1965 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Alabama $ 6 1 1     9 1 1
Auburn 4 1 1     5 5 1
Florida 4 2 0     7 4 0
No. 7 Tennessee 2 1 2     8 1 2
Ole Miss 5 3 0     7 4 0
No. 8 LSU 3 3 0     8 3 0
Kentucky 3 3 0     6 4 0
Georgia 2 3 0     6 4 0
Vanderbilt 1 5 0     2 7 1
Tulane 1 5 0     2 8 0
Mississippi State 1 5 0     4 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Back-to-back losses to Ole Miss and Alabama by a combined 54-7 put LSU's bowl hopes in peril, but wins vs. Mississippi State and Tulane prompted the Cotton Bowl to extend a bid to the 7-3 Tigers. The bowl's faith in LSU was rewarded when the Tigers stunned No. 2 Arkansas 14–7 to stop the Razorbacks' winning streak at 22 and deny Arkansas a second consecutive national championship.

ScheduleEdit

Destruction from Hurricane Betsy on September 10 put the season opener vs. Texas A&M in jeopardy. Repairs to the light towers, scoreboard and press box were made in time for the game to proceed as planned eight days later.

LSU defeated rival Tulane by a 62-0 tally for the third time in eight seasons (1958 and 1961) in the Green Wave's final football game as a member of the Southeastern Conference. It was also LSU's third consecutive shutout of Tulane at Baton Rouge.

DateOpponentRankSiteResult
September 18Texas A&M*No. 8W 10–0
September 25Rice*No. 7
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA
W 42–14
October 2at FloridaNo. 5
L 7–14
October 9at Miami (FL)*W 34–27
October 16Kentucky
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA
W 31–21
October 23South Carolina*No. 9
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA
W 21–7
October 30at Ole MissNo. 5L 0–23
November 6No. 5 Alabama
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA (rivalry)
L 7–31
November 13Mississippi State
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA (rivalry)
W 37–20
November 20Tulane
W 62–0
January 1, 1966vs. No. 2 Arkansas*W 14–7
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

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