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Old 09-23-2018, 07:12 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Cause we don't have another state school with LSU caliber sports. ULM is a good school as is University of Louisiana Lafayette and Southeastern but none of them have the athletic talent that LSU has. None of them are even close to LSU in terms of size and enrollment either. LSU is the only dominant state school. Many other state schools around the country like this so its not unusual. Just look at West Virginia University or the University of Kentucky for example.

Alabama and Auburn are both big schools, same with UNC and NC State and Duke University or with Florida State and UF.
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Old 09-23-2018, 08:05 PM
 
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Cause we don't have another state school with LSU caliber sports. ULM is a good school as is University of Louisiana Lafayette and Southeastern but none of them have the athletic talent that LSU has. None of them are even close to LSU in terms of size and enrollment either. LSU is the only dominant state school. Many other state schools around the country like this so its not unusual. Just look at West Virginia University or the University of Kentucky for example.

Alabama and Auburn are both big schools, same with UNC and NC State and Duke University or with Florida State and UF.
I would say Kentucky and Louisville is a pretty big rivalry, especially in basketball, and they do play each other in football each year.

I feel the lack of a rivalry within the Pelican State, goes back to way before most of us were born. While both Louisiana Tech University (1894) and University of Louisiana at Lafayette (1898) are old, they never grew in size as compared to LSU. In order for one of those to become an "equal" and rival it would have had to happen way back in the day, probably in the 20's and 30's.

Tulane was a charter member of the SEC and was in the conference up until 1966. The problem, there was no way they could compete against the large public universities in the SEC. Only Vanderbilt was able to stick it out and is still in the SEC today, still private and also the smallest enrollment.
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Old 01-06-2019, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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When I was a kid , Tulane was somewhat of a rival but that's gone now .
Yes!! For years Tulane functioned as LSU's in state rival and it was a big game. People don't realize it but Tulane was a founding member of the SEC and was a conference mate of LSU until 1966 when they left the conference. At the time it was very similar to Tennessee vs. Vandy.

Tulane and LSU played mostly yearly for the better part of 100 years between 1895 and 1995 with Tulane playing competitive football through a lot of those years. They had a flag that they traded between the winners.

It was a pretty big deal. When I was growing up in the '60s and '70s there weren't very many prime time games on Saturday night but even here in Oklahoma we could get LSU games on WWL out of New Orleans. There were many Saturday nights I listened to LSU play. The Tulane game included.

Programs like Tulane, SMU and Houston were occasionally right up there with the big boys in those days and for LSU, beating Tulane was up there with beating Ole Miss.
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