LSU and Syracuse announced on Wednesday that they have finalized a deal to play a home-and-home football series in 2015 and 2017, according to Andrea Adelson of ESPN.com.
The Tigers will travel north to the Carrier Dome on Sept. 26, 2015, and the Orange will voyage south to Tiger Stadium on Sept. 9, 2017. It will be the first regular-season meeting between the schools, which have previously split two postseason contests in 1989 Hall of Fame Bowl (won by Syracuse) and 1965 Sugar Bowl (won by LSU).
Said Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross, per Adelson:
We are thrilled to enter into this home-and-home agreement with a premier program like LSU. Student-athletes come to Syracuse to play on the biggest stage possible, and this gives our coaches and young men the chance to battle one of the standard-bearers of the SEC on our home turf.
It is a complicated process to arrange games of this magnitude, and I couldn't be happier for our fans and for all who will be involved in this upcoming series.
LSU athletic director Joe Alleva gave a statement as well:
This is another attractive nonconference series that our fans will enjoy and our football program will benefit from. To be able to bring LSU football to the northeast part of the country for a football game will be a unique experience and then to have Syracuse return the trip to Tiger Stadium in 2017 will be a nice addition to our home schedule.
Syracuse and LSU have been among the best in the country at scheduling difficult nonconference games.
The Tigers played North Carolina in 2010, Oregon and West Virginia in 2011, TCU in 2013 and will play Wisconsin in 2014, while the Orange have scheduled Penn State and USC on multiple occasions the past five years and have partial-ACC member Notre Dame on the schedule this season.
This series will be different for Syracuse, however, because the high-profile team will visit the Carrier Dome—its actual home field—instead of playing on a neutral field at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
For once, Scott Shafer's team will get to be a proper host. But if recent history repeats itself, LSU will not be a well-groomed house guest.