In Houston, LSU fans happy with 2014
August, 21, 2013
By Gary Laney | ESPN.com
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Houston LSU fans that have been clamoring to see their team in action locally will get their wish on both ends of the 2014 season.
LSU's two highlight games on the schedule released Wednesday include the Aug. 30 season opener against Wisconsin at Houston's Reliant Stadium and a Thanksgiving Night regular-season finale at Texas A&M, the first game of the series that will close the regular season.
The Wisconsin game is the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff game. It'll be LSU's first game in Houston since 1983. The two teams will play again at Lambeau Field in Green Bay in 2016.
The A&M game will be the first of what will become LSU's new end-of-the-season rivalry game. This year's Arkansas game will mark the last of 22 consecutive seasons LSU will close its season against the Razorbacks, who close their 2014 against Missouri.
The LSU-Texas A&M and Arkansas-Missouri games will allow both LSU and Arkansas to play a state line rivalry against an opponent closer than LSU and Arkansas were to each other.
LSU's home schedule ends unusually early in 2014. The Tigers play seven home games, all in a stretch between the Wisconsin game and the final home game Nov. 8 against Alabama. LSU plays at Arkansas and A&M to finish the regular season, with an open date in between.
The Alabama game will be the most attractive of what's an unusually light home schedule. The Tigers also play host to Ole Miss, Sam Houston State, Louisiana-Monroe, New Mexico State, Mississippi State and Kentucky. The Tigers also visit Florida and Auburn.
Intriguing SEC bowl games
12:38 2nd Qtr Nebraska 17 24 USC 17 Final Cincinnati 17 Virginia Tech 33 Final 15 Arizona State 36 Duke 31 Final Miami (FL) 21 South Carolina 24 Final/OT Boston College 30 Penn State 31
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
Final Illinois 18 Louisiana Tech 35 Final Rutgers 40 North Carolina 21 Final North Carolina State 34 UCF 27
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State