Countdown to kickoff: Hello, Towson

GeauxTigerNation writers Gary Laney and David Helman get you ready for the season with a daily breakdown throught August of what LSU is facing in the fall, from its opponents, to its road trips to who it's recruiting. Today, Gary Laney has a Q&A with Everett Cook of the Baltimore Sun, who covers LSU's Sept. 29 opponent, Towson:

Q: Towson was the most improved team in Division I last season, going 9-3, winning the Colonial Athletic Association for the first time in school history and making the FCS playoffs. Have the Tigers scraped out a niche in the Baltimore sports market? If not, can they?

Yes. Head coach Rob Ambrose arrived as head coach of his alma mater in 2009, and Towson has increased its attendance every year since then — even when the Tigers won three combined games in 2009 and 2010. Their first-ever sellout came during the FCS playoffs last year, and 11 out of the 20 biggest crowds in Towson football history have come in Ambrose’s three years as head coach. Ambrose made it a priority to not just rebuild the team, but to also rebuild the atmosphere around the program when he became head coach — which included getting alumni and current students out to the games. Towson’s market will only continue to grow.