LSU’s 3 permanent rivals for the 2024 season and beyond are expected to be Alabama, Ole Miss and Texas A&M, per a report.
That’s according to Nola.com’s Scott Rabalais, who notes that the SEC is nearing a decision on its future scheduling format. However, the league has not made any official decisions or taken a formal vote on the 9-game schedule proposal, per the report.
Ole Miss and LSU 1st met back in 1894, so it would make sense for the SEC to retain this rivalry annually. The 2 programs have met over 100 times, with LSU holding a 65-41-4 edge in all-time series record.
LSU’s history with Texas A&M also dates back to the 1800’s, although the 2 programs have not met nearly as frequently. The 1st game between these foes took place in 1899. They have met annually in different points throughout college football history. LSU is 35-23-3 all-time against the Aggies.
Perhaps the biggest surprise amongst LSU’s expected 3 permanent opponents is Alabama. The Tigers and Tide have met in every season since 1964 and have been the most dominant SEC West programs for the past 2+ decades.
This format would give LSU one of the toughest groupings of permanent opponents in the SEC. By facing Alabama and Texas A&M each year, the Tigers would have annual meetings with 2 of the teams who have recruited as well — or better — than they have in recent years.
This format would end LSU’s long-running series with Mississippi State. The Tigers have faced the Bulldogs 116 times — more than any other opponent — and in every season since 1944.
Under the proposed 9-game format, LSU would face every other team in the SEC twice in a 4-season span — once at home and once on the road. That means LSU would still host the Bulldogs once every 4 years.
A final decision on permanent opponents for every SEC program — including Oklahoma and Texas — could be made in the coming weeks.