LSU Announces 2018 Non-Conference Slate

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BATON ROUGE – LSU rounded out the non-conference portion of its 2018 football schedule with the addition of Louisiana Tech, Southeastern Louisiana and Rice University, LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva announced on Thursday.

LSU previously announced that the Tigers will open the 2018 season against Miami (Fla.) at the Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 1, 2018. The game will mark LSU’s fourth appearance in AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

The Tigers will host Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 8 in Tiger Stadium in what will be just the second meeting between the schools. LSU beat the Lions, 48-7, in 1949 in Tiger Stadium in the only other contest between the teams.

“We want to continue to schedule teams from our state when possible, which allows resources to remain in the state and the fans in Louisiana to experience the best venue in the country, Tiger Stadium,” Alleva said.

LSU hosts Louisiana Tech on Oct. 20 and the Tigers round out the non-conference portion of the 2018 slate against Rice University on Nov. 17 in Tiger Stadium. LSU is 18-1 all-time against Louisiana Tech with the last meeting coming in 2009.

LSU and Rice will renew an old rivalry that has seen the schools meet 55 times in football, the last coming in 1995. When LSU and Rice square off on Nov. 17, 2018, it will be exactly 103 years to the day since the first contest between the teams – a 6-0 Rice win in Houston in 1915.

LSU and Rice played every year from 1932-52 and then again from 1961-83. LSU leads the series with the Owls, 37-13-5. The Tigers won the most recent contest between the teams by a 52-7 count in 1995 in Tiger Stadium.

The conference portion of the 2018 schedule will be released by the Southeastern Conference at a later date. In May of 2014, the SEC announced home opponents for all 14 schools through 2025 (including the rotating opponents listed in table below).

2018 LSU Football – Non-Conference Schedule

Date Opponent Site
Sept. 1 vs. Miami (Fla.) in Arlington, Texas (AT&T Stadium)
Sept. 8 vs. Southeastern Louisiana in Baton Rouge, La. (Tiger Stadium)
Oct. 20 vs. Louisiana Tech in Baton Rouge, La. (Tiger Stadium)
Nov. 17 vs. Rice in Baton Rouge, La. (Tiger Stadium)

SEC Rotating Opponents Through 2025

Rotating Opponents (2014-25)
Team '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 '22 '23 '24 '25
Alabama UK at VU MU at SC UG at UF VU at UK SC at MU
Arkansas UF at SC VU at UK UT at UG SC at UF UK at VU
Auburn VU at MU UT at UF UK at SC MU at VU UF at UT
Florida at AR TAMU at MS AU at UM UA at TAMU AR at AU MS
Georgia at UM MS at LSU TAMU at UA AR at MS UM at TAMU LSU
Kentucky at UA UM at TAMU AR at AU LSU at UM UA at AR TAMU
LSU MU at UT UG at VU SC at UK UT at MU VU at UG
Ole Miss UG at UK SC at MU UF at UT UK at UG MU at SC
Miss. St. SC at UG UF at UT MU at VU UG at SC UT at UF
Missouri at LSU AU at UA UM at MS TAMU at AU LSU at UM UA
S. Carolina at MS AR at UM UA at LSU AU at AR MS at UA UM
Tennessee at TAMU LSU at AU MS at AR UM at LSU TAMU at MS AU
Texas A&M UT at UF UK at UG VU at MU UF at UT UG at UK
Vanderbilt at AU UA at AR LSU at TAMU MS at UA AU at LSU AR

Following are the rotating opponents for SEC schools from 2016-25 (“vs.” indicates a home game and “at” indicates an away game):

ALABAMA – 2016 vs. Kentucky; 2017 at Vanderbilt; 2018 vs. Missouri; 2019 at South Carolina; 2020 vs. Georgia; 2021 at Florida; 2022 vs. Vanderbilt; 2023 at Kentucky; 2024 vs. South Carolina; 2025 at Missouri.
(Permanent opponents in 2016: Home - Auburn, Mississippi State, Texas A&M; Away - Arkansas, LSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee.  Sites alternate home and away through 2025.)

ARKANSAS – 2016 vs. Florida; 2017 at South Carolina; 2018 vs. Vanderbilt; 2019 at Kentucky; 2020 vs. Tennessee; 2021 at Georgia; 2022 vs. South Carolina; 2023 at Florida; 2024 vs. Kentucky, 2025 at Vanderbilt.
(Permanent opponents in 2016:  Home – Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss; Away – Auburn, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Missouri.  Sites alternate home and away through 2025.)

AUBURN – 2016 vs. Vanderbilt; 2017 at Missouri; 2018 vs. Tennessee; 2019 at Florida; 2020 vs. Kentucky; 2021 at South Carolina; 2022 vs. Missouri; 2023 at Vanderbilt; 2024 vs. Florida; 2025 at Tennessee.
(Permanent opponents in 2016:  Home – Arkansas, LSU, Texas A&M; Away – Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Georgia.  Sites alternate home and away through 2025.)

FLORIDA – 2016 at Arkansas; 2017 vs. Texas A&M; 2018 at Mississippi State; 2019 vs. Auburn; 2020 at Ole Miss; 2021 vs. Alabama; 2022 at Texas A&M; 2023 vs. Arkansas; 2024 at Auburn; 2025 vs. Mississippi State.
(Permanent opponents in 2016:  Home – Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina, LSU; Away – Georgia, Tennessee, Vanderbilt.  Sites alternate home and away through 2025.)

GEORGIA – 2016 at Ole Miss; 2017 vs. Mississippi State; 2018 at LSU; 2019 vs. Texas A&M; 2020 at Alabama; 2021 vs. Arkansas; 2022 at Mississippi State; 2023 vs. Ole Miss; 2024 at Texas A&M; 2025 vs. LSU. 
(Permanent opponents in 2016:  Home – Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Auburn; Away – Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina.  Sites alternate home and away through 2025.)

KENTUCKY – 2016 at Alabama; 2017 vs. Ole Miss; 2018 at Texas A&M; 2019 vs. Arkansas; 2020 at Auburn; 2021 vs. LSU; 2022 at Ole Miss; 2023 vs. Alabama; 2024 at Arkansas; 2025 vs. Texas A&M.
(Permanent opponents in 2016:  Home – Georgia, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State; Away – Florida, Missouri, Tennessee.  Sites alternate home and away through 2025.)

LSU – 2016 vs. Missouri; 2017 at Tennessee; 2018 vs. Georgia; 2019 at Vanderbilt; 2020 vs. South Carolina; 2021 at Kentucky; 2022 vs. Tennessee; 2023 at Missouri; 2024 vs. Vanderbilt; 2025 at Georgia.
(Permanent opponents in 2016: Home – Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State; Away – Arkansas, Auburn, Texas A&M, Florida.  Sites alternate home and away through 2025.)

OLE MISS – 2016 vs. Georgia; 2017 at Kentucky; 2018 vs. South Carolina; 2019 at Missouri; 2020 vs. Florida; 2021 at Tennessee; 2022 vs. Kentucky; 2023 at Georgia; 2024 vs. Missouri; 2025 at South Carolina.
(Permanent opponents in 2016:  Home – Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State; Away – Arkansas, LSU, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt.  Sites alternate home and away through 2025.)

MISSISSIPPI STATE – 2016 vs. South Carolina; 2017 at Georgia; 2018 vs. Florida; 2019 at Tennessee; 2020 vs. Missouri; 2021 at Vanderbilt; 2022 vs. Georgia; 2023 at South Carolina; 2024 vs. Tennessee; 2025 at Florida.
(Permanent opponents in 2016:  Home – Arkansas, Auburn, Texas A&M; Away – Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss, Kentucky.  Sites alternate home and away through 2025.)

MISSOURI – 2016 at LSU; 2017 vs. Auburn; 2018 at Alabama; 2019 vs. Ole Miss; 2020 at Mississippi State; 2021 vs. Texas A&M; 2022 at Auburn; 2023 vs. LSU; 2024 at Ole Miss; 2025 vs. Alabama.  
(Permanent opponents in 2016:  Home – Georgia, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Arkansas; Away – Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee.  Sites alternate home and away through 2025.)

SOUTH CAROLINA – 2016 at Mississippi State; 2017 vs. Arkansas; 2018 at Ole Miss; 2019 vs. Alabama; 2020 at LSU; 2021 vs. Auburn; 2022 at Arkansas; 2023 vs. Mississippi State; 2024 at Alabama; 2025 vs. Ole Miss.
(Permanent opponents in 2016: Home – Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas A&M; Away – Florida, Kentucky, Vanderbilt.  Sites alternate home and away through 2025.)

TEXAS A&M – 2016 vs. Tennessee; 2017 at Florida; 2018 vs. Kentucky; 2019 at Georgia; 2020 vs. Vanderbilt; 2021 at Missouri; 2022 vs. Florida; 2023 at Tennessee; 2024 vs. Georgia; 2025 at Kentucky.  
(Permanent opponents in 2016:  Home – Arkansas, LSU, Ole Miss; Away – Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, South Carolina.  Sites alternate home and away through 2025.)

TENNESSEE – 2016 at Texas A&M; 2017 vs. LSU; 2018 at Auburn; 2019 vs. Mississippi State; 2020 at Arkansas; 2021 vs. Ole Miss; 2022 at LSU; 2023 vs. Texas A&M; 2024 at Mississippi State; 2025 vs. Auburn.  
(Permanent opponents in 2016:  Home – Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Alabama; Away – Georgia, South Carolina, Vanderbilt.  Sites alternate home and away through 2025.)

VANDERBILT – 2016 at Auburn; 2017 vs. Alabama; 2018 at Arkansas; 2019 vs. LSU; 2020 at Texas A&M; 2021 vs. Mississippi State; 2022 at Alabama; 2023 vs. Auburn; 2024 at LSU; 2025 vs. Arkansas. 
(Permanent opponents in 2016:  Home – Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ole Miss; Away – Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri.  Sites alternate home and away through 2025.)