Over the next few seasons, LSU will take on Wisconsin at Lambeau Field, and BYU at Houston's NRG Stadium, filling the SEC's new schedule rule that requires member schools to play a non-conference game against a Power Five opponent each season. Why is LSU putting together these neutral site deals, rather than hosting teams in Baton Rouge? According to athletic director Joe Alleva, it is because teams are afraid to lose. Alleva joined 104.5 ESPN Radio's Culotta & The Price show to discuss the Tigers' scheduling issues.
"Literally 80 percent just say 'no' right away" when LSU contacts potential opponents, Alleva said Tuesday morning on 104.5 FM ESPN's Culotta & The Prince radio show.
"They're a little more open to the so-called neutral-site game. That's why we were able to attract a Wisconsin, a TCU ... BYU in the future...
LSU has not lost a non-conference game at Tiger Stadium since falling to UAB 13-10 on September 23, 2000. That crazy record probably helps explain programs' reluctance to play at Death Valley.
"Teams don't want to come to Tiger Stadium and get their butts beat. That's just a fact of life. I'm being as blunt as I can be...they don't want to schedule losses."
LSU has a home-and-home series scheduled with Syracuse, and will travel to Central New York this fall, with a return game at Tiger Stadium scheduled for 2017. Outside of the Orange, Tiger fans can expect the normal diet of McNeese States, Eastern Michigans, and Western Kentuckys until the Tigers can convince another power conference team to make the trip.