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ASU Football: Sun Devils schedule home-and-home series with LSU

The Tigers will come to Tempe in 2022 and the Sun Devils will make the return trip in 2023.

ASU and LSU have a history that extends well beyond the Todd Graham era
ASU and LSU have a history that extends well beyond the Todd Graham era
Christian Petersen

Arizona State has a long history of trying to schedule games with the LSU Tigers and will try once again to play the Bayou Bengals in a home-and-home series.

The Sun Devils will host the Tigers on Sept. 10, 2022, and then head to Baton Rouge on Sept. 9, 2023. Brett McMurphy of ESPN first reported the news on Twitter.

The history between the Sun Devils and Tigers goes back to 2005 when Arizona State was scheduled to play LSU just 12 days after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast and LSU was supposed to play in Tempe in 2008.

Damage from the storm rendered the game unplayable in Baton Rouge so the contest was moved to Sun Devil Stadium with an SEC officiating crew. Both teams combined to raise more than $1 million for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts with LSU winning the game 35-31.

In return, the Tigers agreed to reschedule the home-and-home series for Sept. 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge and Sept. 10, 2016 in Tempe.

On Aug. 8, 2013 LSU postponed the home-and-home series for a second time. According to the New Orleans Times Picayune, LSU said that it needed to move its 2016 matchup in Tempe because they travel to Green Bay, Wis. to play the Wisconsin Badgers at Lambeau Field on Sept. 3, 2016 and did not want to travel to play tough opponents in back-to-back weeks. The Tigers have yet to schedule an opponent to open up their 2015 campaign but want a major BCS opponent.

Arizona State is no stranger to schedule maneuvering. Last summer, Notre Dame tried to remove its game with the Sun Devils in Tempe next season to no avail thanks to some successful talks courtesy of former athletic director Steve Patterson.

Arizona State has also scheduled a matchup with Texas A&M at Reliant Stadium in Houston to open up the 2015 season and a home-and-home with Texas Tech. The Red Raiders come to Tempe in 2016 and the Sun Devils return the trip to Lubbock in 2017.