In 2018, LSU will play Southeastern Louisiana for the first time since 1949, and the Tigers will host Rice for the first time since 1995.

The Tigers open the 2018 season against Miami in Arlington as part of the Cowboys Classic at plush AT&T Stadium – a game announced several months ago.

LSU meets Southeastern in Tiger Stadium on Sept. 8 after the game against the Hurricanes, hosts Louisiana Tech Oct. 20 and Rice on Nov. 17 – the second-to- last weekend of the regular season. LSU and Southeastern, an FCS program based in Hammond, have met just the one time in 1949. The Tigers hold a 31-13-5 record over Rice and an 18-1 mark against Louisiana Tech.

LSU will pay out a total of about $3 million for those three games. The Tigers are paying Southeastern $500,000. The Lions have an athletic budget of about $12 million this year. Rice will get $1.3 million, and LSU will pay Louisiana Tech $1.15 million, assistant athletic director Verge Ausberry said.

“We want to continue to schedule teams from our state when possible, which allows resources to remain in the state and the fans in Louisiana to experience the best venue in the country, Tiger Stadium,” LSu athletic director Joe Alleva said in a statement from the school.

The Tigers have completed their non-conference schedules through 2018. LSU also knows what SEC opponents it will get for the next several seasons, announced by the league last year.

2016

Non-conference

  • vs. Wisconsin (at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wis.)
  • vs. Southern Miss
  • vs. Jacksonville State
  • vs. South Alabama
  • at Arkansas
  • at Auburn
  • at Texas A&M
  • vs. Alabama
  • vs. Ole Miss
  • vs. Mississippi State
  • vs. Missouri
  • at Florida

2017

Non-conference

  • vs. BYU (NRG Stadium, Houston)
  • Chattanooga
  • Syracuse
  • Troy
  • vs. Arkansas
  • vs. Auburn
  • vs. Texas A&M
  • at Alabama
  • at Ole Miss
  • at Mississippi State
  • at Tennessee
  • vs. Florida

2018

Non-conference

  • vs. Miami (AT&T Stadium, Arlington)
  • vs. Southeastern Louisiana
  • vs. Louisiana Tech
  • vs. Rice
  • at Arkansas
  • at Auburn
  • at Texas A&M
  • vs. Alabama
  • vs. Ole Miss
  • vs. Mississippi State
  • vs. Georgia
  • at Florida

2019

Non-conference

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

2020

Non-conference

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

2021

Non-conference

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

2022

Non-conference

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

2023

Non-conference

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

2024

Non-conference

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

2025

Non-conference

  • None scheduled
  • vs. Arkansas
  • vs. Auburn
  • vs. Texas A&M
  • at Alabama
  • at Ole Miss
  • at Mississippi State
  • at Georgia
  • vs. Florida
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