LSU will be a part of the college version of Sunday night football.
The Tigers' season opener against Miami next year in Arlington, Texas, will kick off on Sunday night, ESPN and LSU announced Tuesday. The teams will kick at 6:30 p.m. on ABC on Sept. 2, the Sunday after college football's opening Saturday.
It will be the third consecutive year that ABC has aired a Sunday night college football affair on the opening weekend. The game between the Tigers and Hurricanes is the 13th time the two have played and the first since 2005. LSU leads the series 9-3.
A Sunday game is a rarity. LSU last played on Sunday in 2002 against Virginia Tech. It could impact preparations for the next week. LSU hosts Southeastern Louisiana in Game 2 next year.
ESPN is paying LSU what is believed to be a school-record $4.75 million to play in the game in AT&T Stadium, according to documents obtained by The Advocate. The school and the network agreed to play the game in 2014, just one of many money-making neutral-site matchups for this program.
This will be LSU’s seventh neutral site game in the last nine seasons: 2010 (North Carolina in Atlanta), 2011 (Oregon in Arlington), 2013 (TCU in Arlington), 2014 (Wisconsin in Houston), 2016 (Wisconsin in Green Bay, Wisconsin), 2017 (BYU in Houston) and 2018 (Miami in Arlington).
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