On Thursday, the Southeastern Conference released its full schedule for next football season, which gives LSU fans a completed schedule to look forward at.
Les Miles now knows the road that lies ahead in 2013
The first conference game of the 2013 season will come in the first week of the year in a matchup between Auburn and Ole Miss, and the SEC will have at least one conference matchup in every week of the regular season.
According to the SEC offices, the 2013 schedule is considered a “bridge” schedule and not based on any other previous or future scheduling formats. The SEC Athletics Directors will convene in Spring 2013 to begin formulating schedules for the 2014 season and beyond.
“As we began working on the 2013 football schedule, it became apparent that the conference would need another year of the ‘bridge’ schedule to make everything work,” said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. “I appreciate the SEC transition team and our athletics directors, who came together to put this schedule in place. We look forward to starting with our new scheduling rotation in 2014.”
The schedule consists of eight games played within each team's division, then two games against teams from the opposite division. In order to maintain a balanced schedule for the 2014 season and beyond, there are three games that will have repeat hosts from the 2012 schedule: Ole Miss at Alabama, Texas A&M at Ole Miss and Georgia at Auburn.
The 2013 SEC Championship Game will be played on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
LSU will open the SEC schedule with Auburn at home on Sept. 21, followed by a trip to SEC East foe Georgia the next week.
LSU's second SEC East opponent will be Florida in Baton Rouge on Oct. 12.
An interesting note, the Tigers will have two bye weeks - with the Alabama Crimson Tide sandwiched in between.
LSU 2013 football schedule
Aug. 31 - TCU - Arlington, Texas (Cowboys Classic)
Sept. 7 - Kent State - Baton Rouge
Sept. 14 - UAB - Baton Rouge
Sept. 21 - Auburn - Baton Rouge
Sept. 28 - Georgia - Athens, Ga.
Oct. 5 - Mississippi State - Starkville, Miss.
Oct. 12 - Florida - Baton Rouge
Oct. 19 - Ole Miss - Oxford, Miss.
Oct. 26 - Furman - Baton Rouge
Nov. 2 - Open
Nov. 9 - Alabama - Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Nov. 16 - Open
Nov. 23 - Texas A&M - Baton Rouge
Nov. 30 - Arkansas - Baton Rouge