Friend of the website/Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellinger tweeted Wednesday evening that LSU will open the 2024 college football season against USC inside Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
#LSU & USC will meet to open the 2024 season on Labor Day weekend at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, source tells @SINow.— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) August 25, 2021
One day after “The Alliance” announcement, the Pac-12’s historic football power finalizes a deal to play an SEC team on ESPN/ABC in Vegas.
Allegiant Stadium, aka The Roomba, is home of the Las Vegas Raiders and the game between the Tigers and Trojans is scheduled to be on that Labor Day weekend. If nothing changes, LSU’s non-conference schedule for 2024 looks like this: vs. USC in Las Vegas, and home games against UCLA, Rice, and South Alabama.
LSU has had an incredible amount of success in these season-opening games inside of NFL stadiums. Going back to 2010, LSU is 6-1 in games like these with wins over North Carolina (Georgia Dome, 2010), Oregon (AT&T Stadium, 2011), TCU (AT&T Stadium, 2013), Wisconsin (Reliant Stadium, 2014), BYU (Superdome, 2017), and Miami (AT&T Stadium, 2018). The lone loss was against Wisconsin at Lambeau Field to open the 2016 season.
Speaking of future games in NFL stadiums, LSU is scheduled to play Florida State in the Superdome to open the 2022 season.
Dellinger went on to point out that this will be the first time LSU plays a game in the state of Nevada; and this game will be the third meeting all-time between LSU and USC. The first game was a 17-12 victory for USC in 1979, and LSU returned the favor in 1984 with a 23-3 win.
With Southern Cal on the schedule we’ll finally get a chance to settle the great split national title debate of 2003. Too bad it’ll be 21 years after the fact.