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LSU's Mike the Tiger mascot high-fives fans in the north end zone during the first half Saturday Sept. 17, 2016, at Tiger Stadium.

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG

LSU will host Nicholls State in 2020 in what will be the first meeting between the schools, LSU deputy director of athletics Verge Ausberry confirmed to The Advocate on Wednesday.

The Tigers and Colonels will meet at Tigers Stadium on Oct. 4, and LSU will pay Nicholls $550,000 for the game, Ausberry said. HoumaToday.com first reported the news.

"We’ve never been to Baton Rouge and some of the other (Football Championship Subdivision) teams in our state have played there,” Nicholls second-year head coach Tim Rebowe told the outlet. “I know Southeastern (Louisiana) will get to go there, we will get to go there and it is big for us. It is good for the whole state when you can get a game between Nicholls and LSU.”

Nicholls, located in Thibodaux, is a member of the Southland Conference in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Nicholls had completed LSU's non-conference schedule for the 2020 season, but the school is dropping Idaho from the schedule. The Tigers were scheduled to face the Vandals on Nov. 21. In 2020, LSU is now set to host Texas on Sept. 12 and faces Rice at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sept. 19.

Idahos is dropping down to the FCS after the 2017 season. It's rare for LSU to have two games scheduled against FCS teams. In SEC play that year, the Tigers are scheduled to host Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and South Carolina and travel to Arkansas, Auburn, Texas A&M, and Florida.

LSU's future schedules

2017

  • Sept. 2: BYU (NRG Stadium, Houston)
  • Sept. 9: Chattanooga
  • Sept. 16: at Mississippi State
  • Sept. 23: Syracuse
  • Sept. 30: Troy
  • Oct. 7: Florida 
  • Oct. 14: Auburn
  • Oct. 21: at Ole Miss
  • Oct. 28: OFF
  • Nov. 4: at Alabama 
  • Nov. 11: Arkansas
  • Nov. 18: at Tennessee
  • Nov. 25: Texas A&M

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2018

Nonconference

  • Sept. 1: vs. Miami (AT&T Stadium, Arlington)
  • Sept. 8: vs. Southeastern Louisiana
  • Oct. 20: Louisiana Tech
  • Nov. 17: Rice

SEC in-division

  • at Arkansas
  • at Auburn
  • at Texas A&M
  • vs. Alabama
  • vs. Ole Miss
  • vs. Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • vs. Georgia
  • at Florida

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2019

Nonconference

  • Aug. 31: Georgia Southern
  • Sept. 7: at Texas
  • Sept. 14: Northwestern State

SEC in-division

  • vs. Arkansas
  • vs. Auburn
  • vs. Texas A&M
  • at Alabama
  • at Ole Miss
  • at Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • at Vanderbilt
  • vs. Florida

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2020

Nonconference

  • Sept. 12: vs. Texas
  • Sept. 19: vs. Rice (NRG Stadium, Houston)
  • Oct. 4: vs. Nicholls State

SEC in-division

  • at Arkansas
  • at Auburn
  • at Texas A&M
  • vs. Alabama
  • vs. Ole Miss
  • vs. Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • vs. South Carolina
  • at Florida

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2021

Nonconference

  • Sept. 4: at UCLA

SEC in-division

  • vs. Arkansas
  • vs. Auburn
  • vs. Texas A&M
  • at Alabama
  • at Ole Miss
  • at Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • at Kentucky
  • vs. Florida

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2022

Nonconference

  • None

SEC in-division

  • at Arkansas
  • at Auburn
  • at Texas A&M
  • vs. Alabama
  • vs. Ole Miss
  • vs. Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • vs. Tennessee
  • at Florida

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2023

Nonconference

  • None

SEC in-division

  • vs. Arkansas
  • vs. Auburn
  • vs. Texas A&M
  • at Alabama
  • at Ole Miss
  • at Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • at Missouri
  • vs. Florida

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2024

Nonconference

  • Aug. 31: UCLA
  • Sept. 7: Rice

SEC in-division

  • at Arkansas
  • at Auburn
  • at Texas A&M
  • vs. Alabama
  • vs. Ole Miss
  • vs. Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • vs. Vanderbilt
  • at Florida

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2025

Nonconference

  • None

SEC in-division

  • vs. Arkansas
  • vs. Auburn
  • vs. Texas A&M
  • at Alabama
  • at Ole Miss
  • at Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • at Georgia

LSU and Oklahoma have an agreement for a two-game series to be scheduled after the 2019 season. 

LSU and Arizona State have an agreement to play on 2026, in Tempe, and 2029, in Baton Rouge.

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