The New Mexico State Aggies and the UL Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns have scheduled a home-and-home football series for 2018 and 2019, both schools announced on Wednesday.
In the first game of the series, New Mexico State will travel to take on UL Lafayette at Cajun Field on Sept. 8 or Oct. 6, 2018. The Aggies will then host the Ragin’ Cajuns at Aggie Memorial Stadium in Las Cruces on Nov. 16, 2019.
New Mexico State and UL Lafayette, both current members of the Sun Belt Conference, have met 11 times on the gridiron. The Aggies beat the Cajuns 37-31 at home this season and now trail 6-5 in the overall series.
New Mexico State will be playing their final season as a member of the Sun Belt Conference in 2017. The Aggies will then compete in 2018 and beyond as an FBS Independent.
“We are very pleased to announce our agreement with Louisiana,” NM State Athletics Director Mario Moccia said. “As we have said, securing games with Group of 5 opponents is critical for an opportunity for future success.”
On Monday, New Mexico State announced a home-and-home series with the Wyoming Cowboys. New Mexico State will host Wyoming on Aug. 25, 2018 and will travel to play the Cowboys on Sept. 21, 2024.
The Aggies now have three games announced for their first season as an FBS Independent in 2018. NM State is scheduled to open the season vs. Wyoming on Aug. 25 and then visit Minnesota on Aug. 30 before taking on the Ragin’ Cajuns.
UL Lafayette now has three non-conference games scheduled for the 2018 season and four for 2019. Other games in 2018 include trips to Alabama on Sept. 29 and Mississippi State on Nov. 3.
In 2019, the Ragin’ Cajuns are scheduled to host Mississippi State in New Orleans on Aug. 31, travel to Ohio on Sept. 21, host Tulsa on Sept. 28, and visit New Mexico State on Nov. 16.