BATON ROUGE – In 2018, LSU agreed to pay $ 1.6 million to New Mexico for the Lobos to journey to Baton Rouge for a soccer recreation in 2022.
The date of the matchup was moved up per week in 2020 from Oct. 1 to Sept. 24. However however, the sport will occur Saturday (6:30 pm, ESPN +) in Tiger Stadium.
This is not the primary time LSU (2-1) has agreed to dole out a big sum of cash to face a nonconference foe. The Tigers additionally signed offers that might pay Southern $ 700,000 and UAB $ 1.75 million to face them this season.
This is a have a look at the 5 largest offers LSU has paid to nonconference soccer opponents within the final 5 years.
The listing doesn’t embody residence and residential or consecutive impartial website matchups between LSU and a nonconference opponent. For instance, LSU is scheduled to play Florida State once more in 2023 after dealing with the Seminoles to kick off the 2022 season.
5. Rice and Louisiana Monroe (tie): $ 1.4 million
LSU signed offers with each Rice in 2015 and Louisiana Monroe in 2017 to journey to Baton Rouge for matchups in 2018 and 2021, respectively.
The Tigers gained each video games however struggled in opposition to ULM, scrapping by to defeat the Warhawks, 27-14. LSU took a 17-0 lead within the second quarter however failed to increase its benefit after a landing go from ULM quarterback Rhett Rodriguez made it a 10-point recreation at halftime.
The Tigers simply took care of Rice, leaping out to a 28-3 halftime lead and gained 42-10.
4. Central Michigan: $ 1.45 million
The Tigers agreed to a take care of Central Michigan in 2017 for a recreation in 2021.
The sport itself was by no means in query for LSU. The Tigers constructed a 35-7 lead at halftime due to 4 landing passes from Johnson and a fumble restoration returned for six factors by defensive finish Andre Anthony. LSU gained 49-21.
3. Utah State: $ 1.5 million
In 2016, LSU agreed to a deal that might pay the Aggies to return to Baton Rouge in 2019.
As for the sport itself, LSU beat Utah State with ease, 42-6. Quarterback Joe Burrow threw for 344 yards and 5 touchdowns, Justin Jefferson hauled in two touchdowns and had 155 receiving yards and the Tigers’ protection snatched three interceptions.
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2. New Mexico: $ 1.6 million
The Lobos’ journey to Tiger Stadium this week would be the first matchup between the 2 groups.
New Mexico has a 2-1 file this yr after defeating Maine and UTEP. The Lobos’ loss got here to Boise State in Week 2, a 31-14 defeat at residence.
Coach Danny Gonzales’ protection has been wonderful, holding opponents to simply 13.7 factors. However since Gonzales was employed in 2020, New Mexico has but to search out any constant success.
The Lobos went 2-5 in his first season and 3-9 final yr. The offense was additionally woefully dangerous in 2021, averaging simply 12.2 factors which completed final within the FBS.
1. UAB: $ 1.75 million
LSU will play the Blazers on Nov. 19 after the 2 sides signed a deal to face one another in 2019.
UAB has been a constant contender beneath coach Invoice Clark. The Blazers have reached 4 bowl video games within the final six seasons, have been Convention USA champions in 2018 and gained the Independence Bowl over BYU final yr.
However Clark retired earlier than the season began attributable to persistent again issues and was changed by interim coach Bryant Vincent. Below Vincent, the Blazers are 2-1 with wins over Alabama A&M and Georgia Southern and a seven-point loss to Liberty.
LSU soccer recreation contracts since 2017
2017 – UT Chattanooga, $ 500,000
2017 – Troy, $ 985,000
2018 – Southeastern, $ 500,000
2018 – Louisiana Tech, $ 1.15 million
2018 – Rice, $ 1.4 million
2019 – Georgia Southern, $ 925,000
2019 – Northwestern State, $ 600,000
2019 – Utah State, $ 1.5 million
* 2020 – LSU didn’t play any nonconference video games as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, subsequently canceling scheduled funds to UTSA and Nicholls State.
2021 – McNeese State, $ 750,000
2021 – Central Michigan, $ 1.45 million
2021 – Louisiana-Monroe, $ 1.4 million
* Recreation was not performed attributable to COVID-19
Koki Riley covers LSU sports activities for The Day by day Advertiser and the USA TODAY Sports activities South Area. E mail him at email@example.com and comply with him on Twitter at @KokiRiley.