LSU announced on Monday that it will begin a home-and-home series with UCLA in 2021, when the Tigers will travel to play at the Rose Bowl, and continue it by welcoming the Bruins to Tiger Stadium in 2024.
Not content with just one Pac-12 South contender, though, the school also announced a home-and-home series in the intervening years against Arizona State, which will see LSU travel to Tempe in 2022 and ASU travel to Baton Rouge in 2023.
Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva announced the news on Monday, saying the following on the difficulty of the scheduling process, per Michael Bonnette of LSUSports.net:
It’s our goal to play as an attractive non-conference schedule as possible. Getting teams to agree to a home-and-home series is very difficult but we will continue to make every attempt to bring a BCS-conference caliber opponent to Tiger Stadium.
Scheduling is very difficult and done many years in advance. It’s important that you put together a schedule that prepares your team for the rigorous SEC schedule but also one that has balance so that your team is ready both mentally and physically for the conference slate. I think the addition of these teams to our future schedules gives us that.
Words without action are empty, but LSU has backed up this sentiment and become one of the most aggressive non-conference scheduling teams in the SEC—if not the country.
The Tigers opened against Oregon two seasons ago, TCU in 2013 and will start a home-and-home series against Wisconsin—the second game of which will be played at Lambeau Field—in Week 1 of this year.
These newly scheduled games are almost a decade in the future, but UCLA and Arizona State are both programs on the rise.
The Sun Devils won the Pac-12 South in 2013, while the Bruins have quickly improved under Jim Mora Jr. and just got a commitment from one of the most-hyped recruits in school history, 5-star class of 2015 quarterback Josh Rosen.
So much can change between now and then, but these series could well become marquee-type matchups by the time they take place—precisely the type of thing Adam Kramer of B/R made a plea to see more of earlier this month.
Ask and ye shall receive.
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