Highlights from LSU's newly released 2016 football schedule: Thanksgiving Day vs. Texas A&M; Missouri coming to town _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU head coach Les Miles protests a defensive pass interference call against the Tigers, during the first half Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in College Station, Texas.

The Southeastern Conference released the dates Thursday for its 2016 conference football games, with LSU again wrapping up the season Thanksgiving day at Texas A&M and hosting Missouri in October in the first-ever regular-season meeting between the schools.

After non-conference games Sept. 3 against Wisconsin in Green Bay and the Sept. 10 home opener against Jacksonville State, LSU will open SEC play at home Sept. 17 against Mississippi State.

The Tigers then continue a stretch of four-straight conference games with a Sept. 24 trip to Auburn, followed by an Oct. 1 home game with Missouri.

The teams played only once before, with Mizzou beating LSU 20-15 in the 1978 Liberty Bowl. Missouri joined the SEC in 2012.

LSU then travels to Florida on Oct. 8, before returning home for an Oct. 15 date with Southern Mississippi and an Oct. 22 game against Ole Miss.

As has become the custom, LSU will have an open date Oct. 29 the week before its game against Alabama, which invades Tiger Stadium on Nov. 5. LSU then travels Nov. 12 to Arkansas before playing its home finale Nov. 19 against South Alabama.

In what could be a demanding quirk of the schedule LSU will play five days later at Texas A&M on Nov. 24, Thanksgiving day. The Tigers played at A&M on Thanksgiving in 2014 but had the week off beforehand as last year’s schedule allowed for two open dates.

LSU athletic director Joe Alleva has said his school has declined requests to play the Aggies on Thanksgiving day but has no choice to play at College Station on Thanksgiving because it is Texas A&M’s home game.

The Wisconsin game at the Green Bay Packers’ historic Lambeau Field has drawn huge interest from LSU fans because of its once-in-a-lifetime like quality.

The game is the second half of a two-game neutral site series that saw the Tigers rally in the 2014 season opener to beat the Badgers 28-24 in Houston.

No game times were announced, though LSU’s non-conference home games can be expected to kick off at 6 p.m. or later.


2016 LSU Schedule
Sept. 3 | Wisconsin (Green Bay, Wisconsin)
Sept. 10 | Jacksonville State
Sept. 17 | Mississippi State*
Sept. 24 | at Auburn*
Oct. 1 | Missouri*
Oct. 8 | at Florida*
Oct. 15 | Southern Mississippi
Oct. 22 | Ole Miss*
Oct. 29 | Open date
Nov. 5 | Alabama*
Nov. 12 | at Arkansas*
Nov. 19 | South Alabama
Nov. 24 | at Texas A&M*
*-SEC game