Turns out the LSU-South Alabama football game that got blown away by the Hurricane Matthew saga was not canceled but merely delayed — nearly eight years.
Both schools announced Wednesday that they will play in Tiger Stadium on Sept. 28, 2024. The game will be the first meeting in football between LSU and South Alabama.
The Tigers and Jaguars were scheduled to play on Nov. 19, 2016. But that game was scratched when LSU and Florida had to juggle their schedules to play after LSU’s scheduled trip to Gainesville on Oct. 8 that year was postponed by the threat of Hurricane Matthew.
Neither LSU nor Florida had a common open date, so both schools cleared the Nov. 19 weekend to play a game in Tiger Stadium. The Gators won 16-10, fending off LSU with a goal-line stand that likely kept the Tigers out of the Sugar Bowl that season.
In a deal brokered by the Southeastern Conference office, LSU had to play out of sequence at Florida in 2017. The Tigers won 17-16 on Oct. 7. LSU will play Oct. 6 at Florida this season as scheduled.
"It will be great to play a team that is perennially in the top 10-15 in the country, one that is an SEC power and has been among the best in the region for the longest time," South Alabama coach Steve Campbell said in a news release from his school. “It also gives us an opportunity to play a big game in an area that we recruit. It's always fun to play in those environments, that's why you sign up to come to South Alabama, to play in big games like that.”
LSU’s 2024 schedule already featured two non-conference home games against UCLA on Aug. 31 and Rice on Sept. 7. The rest of the schedule has not been released. LSU will take on UCLA at the Rose Bowl on Sept. 4, 2021 in the first scheduled football game between the Tigers and Bruins.
LSU opens the 2018 season on Sunday, Sept. 2 against Miami (Florida) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, a game being billed as the AdvoCare Classic. LSU’s home opener is Sept. 6 against Southeastern Louisiana.