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LSU head coach Ed Orgeron celebrates with the team after the win during the 2018 Advocare Classic between the Miami Hurricanes and LSU Tigers at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, September 2, 2018. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

LSU finalized plans to play Southern and Grambling in football for the first time in LSU history, school officials announced Monday.

LSU and Southern will meet Sept. 10, 2022, in Tiger Stadium. LSU and Grambling will play Sept. 9, 2023, in Tiger Stadium.

"This is an incredible opportunity to join our fan bases of these historic Louisiana institutions and championship programs," LSU athletic director Scott Woodward said in a statement. "These dates will be days to celebrate not only football, but the state of Louisiana and all of our people. It's time and we are all proud to be a part of it."

LSU has played nearly every in-state team in the past 10 years: Tulane (2009), UL (2009), McNeese State (2010), UL-Monroe (2014), Louisiana Tech (2018) and Southeastern (2018).

Nicholls State is scheduled to play at Tiger Stadium on Oct. 3, 2020.

Though LSU and Southern's campuses sit about 10 miles apart, the schools have never played each other. Both sides expressed mutual interest in recent years, and they came to an agreement over the last few months.

“We have a great relationship with all universities in our state," coach Ed Orgeron said. "It is important to LSU to have a great relationship with all of the universities in our state.”


Email Brooks Kubena at bkubena@theadvocate.com.