BATON ROUGE -- LSU has landed a home-and-home deal with West Virginia in football beginning with a 2010 contest between the Tigers and the Mountaineers in Tiger Stadium, director of athletics Joe Alleva announced on Thursday.
LSU and West Virginia will square off in Tiger Stadium on Sept. 25, 2010 in the first of two games between the teams. In 2011, LSU will travel to Morgantown for a Sept. 24 contest against the Mountaineers.
The two-game series between LSU and West Virginia will mark the first time the teams have met in football.
“This is a series that is very attractive to fans of both LSU and West Virginia and at the same time, it’s a game that will have a great deal of national attention,” Alleva said. “West Virginia is one of the top teams in the Big East Conference and we are excited about the opportunity to face a quality opponent from a BCS league.”
The game against West Virginia in 2011 will mark LSU’s first trip to the East Coast for a non-conference football game since a 2002 contest against Virginia Tech.
“This series also give us a chance to introduce the LSU brand and our passionate fans to another part of the country,” Alleva said. “Philosophically, this game falls right in line with what we are trying to do with our schedule and that’s to play one non-conference game each year against a team from a BCS league. We think this will be a great matchup that will benefit both universities.”
West Virginia, who most recently finished with a 9-4 record, which included a win over North Carolina in the Meineke Car Care Bowl, is a member of the Big East Conference.
The remainder of LSU’s 2010 and 2011 schedule will be finalized in the coming months according to senior associate athletic director Verge Ausberry, who oversees football scheduling for the Tigers.