The LSU Tigers and the Wisconsin Badgers will open the 2014 college football season on Saturday, Aug. 30, in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. LSU was previously announced to play in the second installment of the kickoff-weekend game setting the stage for two quality opponents from the SEC and the Big Ten.
The kickoff will mark the third time the schools have played each other. The Tigers hold a 2-0 series lead following back-to-back victories in 1971 and ‘72.
This will be LSU’s fourth time in five seasons appearing in a nationally televised opening-weekend game (2010, ‘11, ’13, ‘14). LSU comes into the 2013 season ranked No. 12 in the preseason Associated Press poll after finishing 2012 with a 10-3 mark and a No. 8 finish in the final BCS Standings.
“This is an excellent opportunity for our program and a unique experience that our fans will enjoy,” said Joe Alleva, LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics. “Houston is a great city with a huge
LSU alumni base and Reliant Stadium is a magnificent facility. We are looking forward to bringing the LSU football team to Houston for the first time in over 30 years.”
Wisconsin enters this season ranked No. 23 in the preseason AP poll. The Badgers compiled an 8-6 record in 2012 and is coming off three-straight Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio appearances.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for us to open next season against one of the best programs in the country,” said Gary Andersen, Wisconsin head coach. “We want to compete at the highest level and on a national stage and this game is a great example of that.”
“We are thrilled to announce this great inter-sectional match-up between two high-profile, championship caliber programs,” said Pete Derzis, ESPN Sr. Vice President and General Manager of ESPN Regional Television.
“We are honored to have the opportunity to host two of America’s elite collegiate football programs at Reliant Stadium,” said Jamey Rootes, Houston Texans President. “This game is another example of our ongoing effort to position Houston and Reliant Stadium as a premier destination for college football.”
The game will mark the second year of a four-year agreement between Lone Star Sports & Entertainment and ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN, to bring a top college football game to Reliant Stadium during the Labor Day weekend to start the college football season.