The Black Knights are heading down to the bayou.
LSU announced Tuesday that it will host Army in Tiger Stadium in 2023. The two sides will face off Oct. 21.
FBSschedules.com and Andrew Lopez of NOLA.com report that Army will receive a $1.6 million guarantee for the game. Other Army opponents for the 2023 season include Syracuse, UMass and Coastal Carolina, in addition to Navy and Air Force, of course.
A return game to West Point for LSU has not been scheduled.
As an independent, Army has been able to craft its own schedule each season without the restrictions of playing in a conference. Still, they have largely avoided playing teams from the SEC.
The last time the Black Knights faced off against a SEC team was in 2011, when they went down to Nashville and lost 44-21 to Vanderbilt. Jordan Rodgers (you may know him from The Bachelorette, or as the brother of Aaron) tallied 282 yards of total offense that day for the Commodores.
Army is also set to play an SEC opponent in 2022. According to FBSschedules.com, they’ll play at Tennessee on Sept. 17.
The 2023 meeting between Army and LSU will mark the Black Knights’ first ever trip to Tiger Stadium. The two sides haven’t met in football since 1931, when Army beat LSU 20-0 at West Point. LSU has never played against Navy or Air Force.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is a 1988 West Point graduate and said in a news release from LSU that both schools “helped shape” who he is today.
According to The Advocate, a Baton Rouge newspaper, LSU deputy athletic director Verge Ausberry is longtime friends with Army athletic director Boo Corrigan.
“Hosting Army at Tiger Stadium is an honor for us in any sport,” LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said in a statement. “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.”
Army kicks off its season Friday in Durham, North Carolina against the Duke Blue Devils. Its other Power 5 opponent this season is a Sept. 22 meeting with Oklahoma.