The Ole War Skule and the cadets of a United States Military Academy will meet at Tiger Stadium for the first time in recorded history.
LSU will host Army on Oct. 23, 2023, the school announced Tuesday afternoon. It’ll be just the second time LSU plays a military academy in football, and the first in nearly a century. LSU and Army met in 1931 in West Point, New York, with the Black Knights posting a 20-0 win over the Tigers.
“Hosting Army at Tiger Stadium is an honor for us in any sport,” LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva said via an official release. “We have the utmost respect for those cadets and their commitment to our nation’s freedom. Playing the Black Knights in Death Valley will be an unbelievable event for our fans and our players.”
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is a graduate of the military academy, earning his degree from the United States Military Academy in West Point in 1988.
“I am looking forward to welcoming my fellow Black Knights down to Baton Rouge in 2023,” Gov. Edwards said via an official release. “Both schools have helped shape who I am today, and it will be exciting to see them face off in Tiger Stadium. As for who I’ll be rooting for, I can guarantee you I’ll be supporting the winning team regardless of the outcome.”
There is no return trip to West Point scheduled, but Army joins a long list of storied programs that’ll come to Tiger Stadium in the years ahead. LSU will host Texas, UCLA, Clemson, Oklahoma and Arizona State in the next decade.
Army, an FBS Independent, is one of the most decorated programs in college football history. The Black Knights won three consecutive national titles in the 1940s and have produced three Heisman Trophy winners. The most recent recipient was Peter Dawkins, who took home the hardware one season before LSU legend Billy Cannon won the prize in 1959.