Tech sets football slate, pending C-USA exit battles

JOURNAL STAFF

RUSTON – The note below the 2022 Louisiana Tech football schedule announced Tuesday says “all dates subject to change.”

Considering the legal scrap facing Conference USA, it could have read “all dates and some opponents subject to change.”

The conference office announcement of the 2022 league football schedule included three teams – Marshall, Old Dominion and Southern Mississippi – which have set their departure to join the Sun Belt Conference effective July 1. The C-USA Board of Directors issued a statement explaining it would exhaust all legal avenues to force the outbound trio to stay put next year and depart for the 2023-24 campaigns, as league bylaws require.

Tech has an Oct. 8 visit to USM slated, along with a Nov. 26 homefield encounter against ODU to end the regular season. Whether either matchup occurs will likely be settled in court or after testy negotiations this spring and summer.

Tech announced five home games during the 2022 campaign, including four contests against C-USA opponents. The Bulldogs will open league play by hosting UTEP on Saturday, Oct. 1.

The 2022 season in Ruston will feature new head coach Sonny Cumbie, the former TCU and Texas Tech offensive coordinator hired to replace Skip Holtz.

The season opener comes at Missouri on Sept. 3, followed by the home opener against Stephen F. Austin Sept. 10 inside Joe Alliet Stadium. Tech hits the road the following two weeks to wrap up the non-conference schedule with visits to Clemson on Sept. 17 and South Alabama on Sept. 24.

After starting league play at home against UTEP (Oct. 1), the Bulldogs then flip-flop home and away with the hoped-for visit to Southern Miss Oct. 8, followed by UAB coming to Ruston Oct. 15, and a trip to UTSA on Oct. 22. The open date for Tech is Oct. 29.

November begins on the road as the Bulldogs go to Charlotte on Nov. 5. The Bulldogs complete the schedule alternating home and away by hosting Rice on Nov. 12 followed by a trip to North Texas on Nov. 19, and completing the regular season inside Alliet Stadium with the iffy matchup against Old Dominion Nov. 26.

Some dates are expected to move in order to accommodate television. Conference USA’s 17th annual Championship Game, pitting the champions of the East and West Divisions, is Dec. 5.

2022 Louisiana Tech Football Schedule

Sept. 3, at Missouri
Sept. 10, home vs. Stephen F. Austin
Sept. 17, at Clemson
Sept. 24, at South Alabama
Oct. 1, home vs. UTEP*
Oct. 8, at Southern Miss*
Oct. 15, home vs. UAB*
Oct. 22, at UTSA *
Oct. 29, open date
Nov. 5, at Charlotte*
Nov. 12, home vs. Rice*
Nov. 19, at North Texas *
Nov. 26, home vs. Old Dominion*

Conference USA games *

All dates subject to change