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LSU, Wisconsin finalizing neutral site games in Houston and Green Bay

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer

The frozen tundra of Lambeau Field will host LSU and Wisconsin in 2016
The frozen tundra of Lambeau Field will host LSU and Wisconsin in 2016. (USATSI)

Brace yourselves because it sounds like an SEC team will actually be coming north of the Mason-Dixon Line for a neutral site game in the not-too-distant future.

In May CBSSports.com's Jeremy Fowler reported that LSU and Wisconsin were working on a deal that would see the schools play neutral site games in 2014 and 2016. Now The Times-Picayune is reporting that, while the deal is not yet finalized, the contract should be signed next week.

"We still have some small details to work out but the contracts should be done next week," LSU associate athletic director Verge Ausberry told the paper. "It took awhile but that's how these neutral site games are. They're in NFL stadiums and we have to go through the conference office and talk about TV rights."

The first meeting would take place at Houston's Reliant Stadium in 2014 with both teams meeting again at Lambeau Field -- or Lambeaux if you're an LSU fan -- in the 2016 season.

All of which means that from 2014 to 2016 the Wisconsin Badgers will open their season with LSU, Alabama and then LSU again. Which is some strong scheduling if you ask me.

Though I need to give LSU credit as well because it's not all that often that an SEC team is willing to travel north to a Big Ten team's backyard for a game, and hopefully the Tigers are setting a trend here. Because the idea of more college football games being played at Lambeau Field is very appealing.

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