You know what my favorite thing about the College Football Playoff has been so far? The amount of awesome home-and-home series that have been announced since. Teams are scheduling to impress, not rack up wins.
The latest example comes to us via LSU, as the Tigers announced a pair of future series with both UCLA and Arizona State.
“It's our goal to play as an attractive non-conference schedule as possible,” said LSU athletic director Joe Alleva. “Getting teams to agree to a home-and-home series is very difficult but we will continue to make every attempt to bring a BCS-conference caliber opponent to Tiger Stadium.
“Scheduling is very difficult and done many years in advance. It's important that you put together a schedule that prepares your team for the rigorous SEC schedule but also one that has balance so that your team is ready both mentally and physically for the conference slate. I think the addition of these teams to our future schedules gives us that.”
The first game between LSU and UCLA will be the season opener for both teams in 2021, taking place at the Rose Bowl, and then both teams will begin the 2024 season in Baton Rouge. The series with Arizona State will take place in Tempe in 2022 and Baton Rouge in 2023.
UCLA and LSU have never faced one another on the football field. The Tigers and Sun Devils have met once, in 2005. It just so happened to be Les Miles' first game at LSU, and the Tigers won in Tempe 35-31.