The LSU football team will open the 2018 season against Miami in Arlington, Texas, and will play Texas in a home-and-home series in 2019-20, the school announced Thursday.
The Tigers meet the Hurricanes on Sept. 1, 2018, in AT&T Stadium. The Longhorns and Tigers will meet in Austin on Sept. 7, 2019, and in Baton Rouge on Sept. 12, 2020.
LSU and Miami will play for the first time since the Tigers won 40-3 in the 2005 Chick-fil-A Bowl. They last played in the regular season in 1988; LSU holds a 9-3 lead in the series.
LSU and Texas haven’t met in the regular season since 1954, and the Longhorns haven’t played in Tiger Stadium since 1953. The most recent meetings came in the Cotton Bowl in 2003 and 1963. LSU is 7-9-1 all-time against Texas.
Texas is arguably the highest-profile nonconference program to play in Tiger Stadium since Notre Dame in 1997.
“These are three very attractive games against two of the traditional powers in college football,” LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva said. “These are the types of games that our fans want to see, and they will be a huge benefit to our football program and our university.”
Fans have clamored for the Tigers to bring major conference teams to newly expanded Tiger Stadium. LSU hosted just two major conference teams in nonconference games from 2009 to 2013: Washington and West Virginia. LSU has won 15 nonconference home games over that span by a margin of 31 points.
The Tigers are on a recent neutral-site binge, a string of high-profile games away from Tiger Stadium.
That continues with the agreement to play Miami in the AdvoCare Cowboys Classic. Over the previous five seasons, LSU has played TCU and Oregon in Arlington and North Carolina in Atlanta. The Tigers faced Wisconsin in Houston this season and will trek to Green Bay’s Lambeau Field to meet the Badgers again in 2016.
LSU now has one “Power Five” conference team on its schedule each season until 2025, but that doesn’t mean others can’t be added in neutral-site games, associate athletic director Verge Ausberry said. The school has had “conversations” about a possible neutral-site game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Ausberry said.
“We definitely want to do something in New Orleans, to do a neutral-site game in the Superdome,” he said. “We’ll be working on things in the future. It’s a big recruiting area for us, major area for us.”
Southeastern Conference teams are mandated to play at least one opponent from one of the other four power conferences each season.
The Tigers have two-game series set up with Syracuse (2015 and ’17), Arizona State (2022-23), UCLA (2021 and ’24) and Oklahoma (2027-28).
For Texas, LSU replaces Notre Dame as a marquee nonconference opponent in those seasons after the Irish canceled games with the Longhorns, HornsDigest.com reported.