Tech will collect $1.6 million to visit LSU for 2025 opener

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Louisiana Tech will kick off its 2025 football season with a Bayou Bengal bang, visiting LSU on Sept. 6 and collecting a reported $1.6 million game guarantee.

That was more than enough for the Bulldogs to delay what would have been an attractive home opener. North Carolina State was slated to visit Aillet Stadium in Ruston on that date, but that matchup has been pushed back nine years to some point during the 2034 season, Tech officials said.

The 2025 meeting will mark the 21st all-time meeting between the two programs. The last matchup was in 2018, won 38-21 by LSU, although the Bulldogs were within 24-21 early in the final period. All of the games have taken place at Tiger Stadium.

The contest might close out LSU’s non-conference schedule in 2025 if as many expect, the Southeastern Conference expands to a nine-game league slate when Texas and Oklahoma enter the league that season.

The Bulldogs are also scheduled to visit Tulsa’s Golden Hurricane on Saturday, Sept. 27 as part of the 2025 slate.

First things first, the 2022 season for the Bulldogs begins Thursday, Sept. 1 in Columbus, Mo. With a 7 p.m. kickoff against the Missouri Tigers that will be televised on ESPNU.

The home opener of the Sonny Cumbie era will take place at Joe Aillet Stadium Saturday, Sept. 10 against Stephen F. Austin.

The remaining 2022 home schedule for Cumbie and Co. includes four Conference USA home games with UTEP (Oct. 8), a Homecoming date against Rice (Oct. 22), Middle Tennessee (Nov. 5), and the regular season finale against UAB (Nov. 26).