LSU adds Fresno State to schedule

Fresno State, who took Southern California to the wire in one of the most thrilling games of the 2005 football season, will visit Tiger Stadium for the first time in LSU football history on October 21, rounding out the 2006 schedule for the Tigers.

The Bulldogs climbed has high as No. 16 in the country last year and went on to play Tulsa in the Liberty Bowl.

The October 21 date was made available when LSU's game at Auburn was moved to September 16 to provide a balanced home and road schedule for the Tigers in 2006.

LSU opens with home games against UL-Lafayette on September 2 and Arizona on September 9 before traveling to Auburn on September 16.

The Tigers renew an old series with Tulane in Tiger Stadium on September 23, followed by a home game vs. Mississippi State and a road game in Gainesville against Florida.

LSU returns home to face Kentucky on October 14 and Fresno State on October 21, and then have an open date on October 28 before going to Knoxville to play Tennessee on November 4.

The Tigers finish the regular season with home games against Alabama on November 11 and Ole Miss on November 18 prior to their traditional season finale against Arkansas in Little Rock.

The LSU-Arkansas game has been played on the Friday after Thanksgiving since 1996, but it has not yet been determined if the game will be played on Friday, November 24, or Saturday, November 25. The day and time of the game will be determined by the television networks that are contracted with the Southeastern Conference.

Prior to the move of the Auburn game to September 16, LSU's schedule featured five consecutive home games to open the season, and no home games between October 14 and November 11. The move of the Auburn game balances LSU's schedule, providing LSU with no more than two home games in a row and no back-to-back road games.

2006 LSU Football Schedule

Sept. 2 UL-Lafayette Baton Rouge

Sept. 9 Arizona Baton Rouge

Sept. 16 at Auburn Auburn, Ala.

Sept. 23 Tulane Baton Rouge

Sept. 30 Miss. State Baton Rouge

Oct. 7 at Florida Gainesville, Fla.

Oct. 14 Kentucky Baton Rouge

Oct. 21 Fresno State Baton Rouge

Nov. 4 at Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn.

Nov. 11 Alabama Baton Rouge

Nov. 18 Ole Miss Baton Rouge

Nov. 24/25 at Arkansas Little Rock, Ark.

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