BATON ROUGE For the first time, LSU and UCLA will meet on the football field as the schools have agreed to a home-and-home series starting in 2021 in the Rose Bowl, LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva announced on Monday.
LSU will face UCLA in Pasadena, Calif., at the historic Rose Bowl on Sept. 4, 2021. The Bruins will make the return trip to Tiger Stadium on Aug. 31, 2024.
Alleva also announced that LSU and Arizona State will play in back-to-back years in 2022 and 2023. LSU will travel to Tempe for a game against the Sun Devils on Sept. 10, 2022, with the return trip to Baton Rouge slated for Sept. 9, 2023.
'It's our goal to play as an attractive non-conference schedule as possible,' Alleva said. 'Getting teams to agree to a home-and-home series is very difficult but we will continue to make every attempt to bring a BCS-conference caliber opponent to Tiger Stadium.
'Scheduling is very difficult and done many years in advance. It's important that you put together a schedule that prepares your team for the rigorous SEC schedule but also one that has balance so that your team is ready both mentally and physically for the conference slate. I think the addition of these teams to our future schedules gives us that.'
LSU opens the 2014 schedule against Wisconsin at Reliant Stadium in Houston with a return trip to Green Bay's Lambeau Field scheduled for the season opener in 2016. LSU is also scheduled to play Syracuse in a home-and-home series in 2015 and 2017.