The New Mexico State Aggies have updated their future football schedules, which includes a game against the LSU Tigers in 2014.
New Mexico State will travel to face LSU at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge on Sept. 27, 2014. In their first and only meeting back in 1996, the Tigers routed the Aggies 63-7.
Although an official announcement has yet to be made, the game is listed on NMSU’s official website and their SID confirmed to FBSchedules.com that there is a signed contract.
The Aggies, currently an FBS Independent, will join the Sun Belt Conference in 2014. With that upcoming move, they now have too many non-conference games scheduled in 2014 and will have to cancel one.
Other games currently scheduled for 2014 include Cal Poly, New Mexico, at Rice, and at UTEP.
The Aggies are also over-scheduled in 2015 with a home game against UTEP and road games at Florida, Ole Miss, Boston College, and New Mexico.
New Mexico State has also added two games to their 2017 schedule. The Aggies will host UTEP and travel to rival New Mexico.
As for LSU, the addition of New Mexico State certainly doesn’t help the strength of their 2014 schedule. The Tigers are already slated to host ULM on Sept. 6 and Georgia Southern on Sept. 13. GSU will be a member of the Sun Belt in 2014 after moving up from the FCS.
With the College Football Playoff set to begin after the 2014 season, schools may need to toughen up their non-conference schedules. The selection committee is likely to weigh strength of schedule as a factor, although how they plan to do that remains a mystery.