Two sets of Tigers will play in two different stadiums claiming to be the real Death Valley in the not-too-distant future.
LSU and Clemson have agreed to schedule a home-and-home series that will be played in 2025 and 2026, the schools announced on Wednesday morning.
The high-profile programs will meet in the season-opener for both teams in 2025 and 2026 with the first contest scheduled for Memorial Stadium in Clemson on August 30, 2025. LSU will host Clemson in Tiger Stadium the following year on September 5.
“We have put an emphasis on bringing Power 5 teams outside of the Southeastern Conference to Tiger Stadium as often as we can,” LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said via an official release. “It’s what we want and most importantly it’s what our fans want.”
Fans often complain about LSU playing so many of their marquee non-conference games at neutral sites, but that trend appears to be changing. Clemson, Texas, UCLA, Oklahoma and Arizona State are all scheduled to play in Tiger Stadium within the next 10 years.
Alleva also confirmed in a radio interview with ESPN 104.5 in Baton Rouge that LSU has been in talks with Florida State about a potential two-game series. There have been reports that those games could be played in New Orleans and Orlando if a deal can be struck.
“We are working to grow that list,” said Alleva. “It’s a balance with neutral site games, and we’re very pleased with the progress we’ve made.”
Here’s more background information from LSU’s official release:
Dates for other future home-and-home games for LSU include Texas in 2019 (away) and 2020 (home); UCLA in 2021 (away) and 2024 (home); Oklahoma in 2027 (away) and 2028 (home); and Arizona State in 2029 (home) and 2030 (away).
The 2025 contest will mark the first-ever regular season matchup between LSU and Clemson. The teams have met three times overall with LSU leading the series, 2-1. LSU beat Clemson, 7-0, in the 1959 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans to cap its perfect 11-0 national championship season.
The teams met again in 1996 with LSU winning, 10-7, in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta. Clemson won the last meeting between the teams by a 25-24 margin the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta.