SHSU announces football game against LSU
Published: Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 00:09
The Bearkats will square off against a new SEC opponent in 2014 when they travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to play Louisiana State University.
The game will be played in the newly-renovated Tiger Stadium with a capacity of nearly 100,000.
SHSU Head Coach Willie Fritz said playing NCAA Top 25 teams helps compare his squad against teams of higher caliber. The Bearkats are familiar squaring up against FBS teams as they will face No. 7 Texas A&M for the second consecutive season.
“Our guys will be used to playing in front of a huge crowd and great competition,” Fritz said.
The Bearkats lost 28-47 against the Aggies in 2012.
LSU finished last season with a 10-3 record, falling to Clemson University in the Chick-fil-A-Bowl, following their previous bowl defeat in 2012 during the BCS National Championship against Alabama University.
The Tigers enter the 2013 season ranked 12th in the Associated Press preseason poll.
SHSU and LSU have faced each other in the past 20 years in different sport venues.
Men’s Bearkat basketball lost 67-85 in 1999 compared to SHSU women’s basketball 0-2 against the Tigers; last playing them in 2003. Bearkat Volleyball has faced the Tigers in seven matches, but not since 1986. Bearkat softball has had the most success, with a 3-2 record, last beating the Tigers 1-0 in 2009.
This past June, SHSU baseball fell against the Tigers in the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional 5-8.
The Southland Conference did not want to comment about the 2014 matchup and how it affects the conference.
LSU Head Coach Les Miles and Athletic Director Joe Alleva were not available for comment.
FCS teams are 8-0 against FBS teams from week one of the 2013 football season.
North Dakota State University, who defeated SHSU the past two years in the FCS National Championship games, upset Kansas State with a late touchdown in the last minutes of the fourth quarter to win the game 24-21.
Eastern Washington, who visits SHSU on September 28, upset No. 25 Oregon State. Vernon Adams, quarterback, scored on a 2 yard run during the Eagles’ final drive of the game.