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LSU adds Southern U., Grambling to football schedules

BATON ROUGE — LSU has added Southern and Grambling to its future football schedule marking the first time the Tigers will face the two historic in-state opponents, athletic director Scott Woodward announced on Monday.

LSU will play Southern on Sept. 10, 2022, and Grambling on Sept. 9, 2023. Both games will be in LSU’s Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.

It will be the first time LSU has played the two in-state teams — or any others from the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Southern and Grambling have combined for 45 SWAC championships and 26 black college football national titles.

“This is an incredible opportunity to join our fan bases of these historic Louisiana institutions and championship programs,” Woodward said in a statement. “These dates will be days to celebrate not only football, but the state of Louisiana and all of our people. It’s time and we are all proud to be a part of it.”

LSU has played every other college football team in Louisiana at one time or another, except the two SWAC schools.

LSU had been scheduled to play its 2020 spring game across town at Southern’s Mumford Stadium because of construction at Tiger Stadium, but the plan was scrapped by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are excited to announce our games against Southern and Grambling in the future,” LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said. “We have a great relationship with all universities in our state. It is important to LSU to have a great relationship with all of the universities in our state.”