BATON ROUGE (AP) — LSU and Syracuse announced this week, the dates for a home-and-home series with Syracuse: LSU will visit the Carrier Dome on Sept. 26, 2015, and the Orange will travel to Tiger Stadium on Sept. 9, 2017.
The series will be the first meeting between the programs since 1989, when the Orange defeated the Tigers 23-10 in the Hall of Fame Bowl.
"This is another attractive nonconference series that our fans will enjoy and our football program will benefit from," LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva said in a statement. "To be able to bring LSU football to the northeast part of the country for a football game will be a unique experience, and then to have Syracuse return the trip to Tiger Stadium in 2017 will be a nice addition to our home schedule.
"There were some other teams we talked to, but we couldn't make the schedule work," Verge Ausberry, LSU's senior associate athletic director, said. "We wanted to make sure we got some home-and-homes back on the schedule, and Syracuse was a formidable opponent."
LSU's 2015 nonconference schedule includes Eastern Michigan and Western Kentucky. The Tigers also announced they will open the 2015 season at home against in-state foe and Football Championship Subdvision member McNeese State.
Ausberry said in-state schools tend to sell out their ticket allotment, and some "SEC teams don't do that coming into Tiger Stadium." A tweak in the Southeastern
Conference schedule, moving up some games into September and as early as Week 2, also factored into the logic.
"There's a possibility," Ausberry said of the changes taking place.
LSU had three nonconference opponents scheduled for 2017, a number that now stands at four with the announcement of the Syracuse series. The other three matchups are Georgia Southern, Troy and North Carolina State, a game that is likely to be moved.
Kickoff set for Wisconsin Game
The Tigers and Badgers will open the 2014 season at 8 p.m. Aug. 30 on ESPN from NRG Stadium in Houston, the school and network announced this week.
The Advocare Texas Kickoff Classic is the third meeting between the programs, with LSU winning the two previous meetings in 1971 and 1972.