LSU, USC to play Sunday night opener in Vegas in 2024

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LSU opened last season on the Sunday night before Labor Day against Florida State in the Allstate Louisiana Kickoff in the Caesars Superdome. The Tigers and Seminoles will meet again on that same Sunday night this fall in Orlando.

You can now make it three straight Sunday night openers for the Tigers, who will face USC in Las Vegas on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2024, ESPN announced Wednesday.

The Vegas Kickoff Classic at Allegiant Stadium will be only the third all-time meeting between LSU and the Trojans and the first since the teams shared claim to a national championship in 2003. The all-time series is tied 1-1 after USC won at Tiger Stadium in a legendary matchup in 1979 and LSU won at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 1984.

The 2024 campaign is also expected to be the first with a nine-game Southeastern Conference schedule, as Texas and Oklahoma join the league officially on July 1, 2024, to bring the SEC to 16 teams. As a result, LSU’s non-conference home game with Rice scheduled for September 2024 has been moved to 2029.

For Immediate Release, March 15, 2023


BATON ROUGE – LSU’s 2024 season-opener against USC in Las Vegas will be played on Sunday, Sept. 1 and be televised on ABC with a kickoff time of 6:30 p.m. CT, ESPN announced on Wednesday.

LSU and USC will meet the Vegas Kickoff Classic at Allegiant State, home of the Las Vegas Raiders.
It will be the first meeting between LSU and USC since 1984 when the Tigers beat the Trojans, 23-3, in the Coliseum in Los Angeles.

The teams have met just one other time that coming in 1979 when USC posted a 17-12 win over LSU in Tiger Stadium in what is still called one of the greatest games played in Death Valley.

LSU opens the 2023 season against Florida State in Orlando.

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Lenny Vangilder


Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…

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