BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU will host in-state FCS foe McNeese State to open its home schedule at Tiger Stadium in 2021 — and this time the two teams might actually play.
The schools announced the matchup on Tuesday afternoon. The game is scheduled for Sept. 11, 2021. Assistant athletic director Verge Augsberry confirmed to the Advocate and Lake Charles (La.) American Press that LSU will pay McNeese a contract of $600,000 for the game.
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The Tigers and Cowboys opened the 2016 season against one other, but only got midway through the first quarter before a massive lightning and rain storm forced the remainder of the game to be canceled. It went down as LSU’s first cancelation since World War I.
Ed Orgeron is the most visible common connection between the schools. His twin sons Cody and Parker play for the Cowboys. Cody, a quarterback, redshirted last season while Parker started at wide receiver as a true freshman. Both Orgeron boys will be out of school by the time the game is played.
The McNeese game is the home opener for the Tigers. The season opener will take place on Sept. 4 when LSU travels to face UCLA at the Rose Bowl.
After the upcoming season, all of the money LSU spends on FCS opponents will stay in Louisiana for the foreseeable future. Chattanooga is the FCS opponent on the 2017 slate, but the Tigers will host Southeastern Louisiana in 2018, Northwestern State in 2019 and Nicholls State in 2020.