BATON ROUGE – Eight home games, including league contests against Alabama and South Carolina in Tiger Stadium, highlight LSU's 2012 football schedule, the Southeastern Conference announced on Wednesday with the releasing of next year's slate for all 14 SEC teams.
The release of next year's SEC schedule features the addition of Texas A&M and Missouri to the conference with the Aggies playing in the western division, while Missouri will reside in the eastern half of the league.
The SEC said that the 2012 schedule is not based on any other previous or future scheduling formats. The SEC Athletics Directors will convene in Spring 2012 to begin formulating scheduling principles for the 2013 season and beyond.
"The SEC transition team and our athletic directors did a great job with significant logistical challenges in a short time frame in developing the 2012 football conference schedule," said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. "The ability to come together for the conference is what makes the SEC so strong and that was evident yet again in this process."
LSU's first game against the newest member of the SEC Western Division will come on Oct. 20 when the Tigers travel to College Station to face the Aggies. It will mark LSU's first game in College Station since the 1995 season-opener.
LSU will play every team in the SEC Western Division and will face Florida and South Carolina from the eastern side of the league.
LSU, which had previously announced its non-conference schedule for 2012, opens next season against North Texas on Sept. 1 in the first of three straight home games for the Tigers. LSU hosts Washington on Sept. 8 and Idaho on Sept. 15 before opening league play on the road against Auburn on Sept. 22.
Following a non-conference home game against Towson University on Sept. 29, the Tigers travel to Gainesville to face Florida on Oct. 6. LSU's first SEC home game comes on Oct. 13 against South Carolina, followed by the Texas A&M contest in College Station on Oct. 20.
After an open date, LSU hosts Alabama on Nov. 3 in the first of three straight SEC home games for the Tigers in November. LSU welcomes Mississippi State to Tiger Stadium on Nov. 10 and Ole Miss a week later on Nov. 17 before traveling to face Arkansas to close out the regular season on Nov. 24. It's anticipated that the Arkansas game will be played on Friday, Nov. 23 but it won't be determined until CBS makes its official selections in January after reviewing the new schedule.
The 2012 schedule is subject to change based on television selections.
2012 LSU Football Schedule
Sept. 1 North Texas
Sept. 8 Washington
Sept. 15 Idaho
Sept. 22 at Auburn
Sept. 29 Towson University
Oct. 6 at Florida
Oct. 13 South Carolina
Oct. 20 at Texas A&M
Nov. 3 Alabama
Nov. 10 Mississippi State
Nov. 17 Ole Miss
** Nov. 24 at Arkansas