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
11:00 AM ET Nevada Louisiana-Lafayette 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
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