The LSU-Miami game in Cowboys Stadium is one of the more attractive matchups during the first full week of the college football season.

The Hurricanes are ranked No. 8 and the Tigers are No. 24 in the Coaches preseason poll, and consistent with that, oddsmakers have made Miami a slight favorite.

All of that is understandable given the uncertainty of so many key positions on the LSU offense.

But recent history suggests the Tigers will do quite well in this opener because they have a strong record in similar circumstances, having won five of six such openers – meaning against a marquee nonconference opponent at a neutral site – since 2010.

Here’s a closer look at LSU’s recent history in these types of Labor Day weekend openers:

Sept. 4, 2010: LSU 30, North Carolina 24 (Chick-fil-A College Kickoff in Atlanta)

The No. 21 Tigers caught a break when 13 Tar Heels, including six starters, were suspended for the opener, but No. 18 North Carolina gave LSU a 60-minute fight. The Tigers rolled to a 30-10 lead as Russell Shepard scored two touchdowns, but the Tar Heels scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to take the game to the wire.

Sept. 3, 2011: LSU 40, Oregon 27 (Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas)

The eagerly anticipated opener between the preseason No. 3 Ducks and the preseason No. 4 Tigers wasn’t as competitive as most expected. Michael Ford rushed for two touchdowns as LSU overcame a slow start to win convincingly and announce itself as a strong-national championship contender. The Tigers rolled through the regular season undefeated and entered the BCS championship game ranked No. 1 before losing a rematch against No. 2 Alabama, 21-0.

Aug. 31, 2013: LSU 37, TCU 27 (Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas)

After a one-year respite from a marquee opener, the Tigers returned to Cowboys Stadium. Terrence Magee rushed for two touchdowns and Colby Delahoussaye kicked three field goals as the No. 12 Tigers handled the No. 20 Horned Frogs.

Aug. 30, 2014: LSU 28, Wisconsin 24 (AdvoCare Texas Kickoff in Houston)

Two teams knowns more for their defense than their offense provided a relatively high-scoring and entertaining opener. The No. 14 Badgers took leads of 10-0 and 24-7 before the No. 13 Tigers battled back and prevailed on a 28-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run by Kenny Hilliard.

Sept. 3, 2016: Wisconsin 16, LSU 14 (Lambeau Field College Classic in Green Bay, Wisc.)

Just two years later Wisconsin and LSU opened against each other again, this time in the Badger’s backyard. The unranked Badgers stunned the No. 5 Tigers by holding them to just 257 yards in a performance that was the beginning of the end of Les Miles’ tenure as LSU coach. He was fired later in the month after a 2-2 start that was marked ob offensive shortcomings that first surfaced against Wisconsin.

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Sept. 2, 2017: LSU 27, BYU 0 (AdvoCare Texas Kickoff in New Orleans)

This game was supposed to be played in Houston, but had to be moved into the Tigers’ backyard because of flooding in the Houston area because of Hurricane Harvey. No. 13 LSU rolled over the unranked Cougars, holding them to minus-5 yards rushing and 97 total yards. Meanwhile, Tigers running back Derrius Guice rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns to help make Ed Orgeron a winner in the opening game of his first full season as LSU’s head coach.