LSU changes football schedule

Michael Tortorich

BATON ROUGE -  LSU announced today changes to its 2010 and 2011 football schedules.

The Tigers will open the 2010 season against North Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta. The game will be played on Sept. 4 at the Georgia Dome, and will be televised nationally by ESPN.

“This is a great opportunity for us to showcase our program on a national scale against a top program from the ACC,” LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva said. “This will be an exciting way to start the season and we think this will be a great experience for our fans.”

The game will mark the seventh meeting between the two schools. It has been nearly 25 years since the Tigers and Tar Heels have played in football. The teams last met in 1986 when LSU posted a 30-3 win over North Carolina in Tiger Stadium. LSU leads the overall series with North Carolina, 5-1.

“We are excited about the opportunity to play North Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game next season,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “This game will mean a great deal of exposure for our football program.”

LSU rounded out its 2010 schedule by adding McNeese State. The Tigers will face the Cowboys in Tiger Stadium on Oct. 16 next year. It will be the first meeting between LSU and McNeese State in football and it will also mark the first time the Tigers have played an in-state FCS (formerly I-AA) opponent.

LSU also filled a void in its 2011 schedule by adding Northwestern State. The Tigers will host the Demons in Tiger Stadium on Sept. 10, 2011. The Demons are coached by former LSU assistant Bradley Dale Peveto.

“By scheduling McNeese and Northwestern State, we are keeping money in-state and at the same time providing financial assistance with the game guarantee to two of our fellow universities here in Louisiana,” Alleva said. “It makes sense for us to play games against in-state schools when our schedule allows rather than bringing in an FCS school (formerly I-AA) from another state.”

Tulane does not appear on the future LSU schedules.

LSU and Tulane have mutually agreed to end their football series after this season, Tulane University director of athletics Rick Dickson announced today.

The teams will play the fourth of what was to be a 10-game series on Oct. 31 at Tiger Stadium.

The series dates back to 1893, the first year of varsity football for both schools.

LSU leads the series 68-22-7 and the Green Wave hasn't defeated the Tigers since 1982. Tulane has lost 17 consecutive games against LSU since.

The 2010 schedule

Sept. 4, North Carolina, Atlanta, Ga.

Sept. 11, Vanderbilt, Nashville, Tenn.

Sept. 18, Mississippi State, Baton Rouge

Sept. 25, West Virginia, Baton Rouge

Oct. 2, Tennessee, Baton Rouge

Oct. 9, Florida, Gainesville, Fla.

Oct. 16, McNeese State, Baton Rouge

Oct. 23, Auburn, Auburn, Ala.

Nov. 6, Alabama, Baton Rouge

Nov. 13, Southern Miss, Baton Rouge

Nov. 20, Ole Miss, Baton Rouge

Nov. 27, Arkansas, Little Rock, Ark.

The 2011 schedule

Sept. 3, TBA

Sept. 10, Northwestern State, Baton Rouge

Sept. 17, at Mississippi State, Starkville, Miss.

Sept. 24, at West Virginia, Morgantown, W.Va.

Oct. 1, Kentucky, Baton Rouge

Oct. 8, Florida, Baton Rouge

Oct. 15, at Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.

Oct. 22, Auburn, Baton Rouge

Nov. 5, at Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Nov. 12, TBD, Baton Rouge

Nov. 19, at Ole Miss, Oxford, Miss.

Nov. 26, Arkansas, Baton Rouge