It's official: the Tigers and Horned Frogs will tussle at Jerry World.
LSU and ESPN announced Tuesday that, as expected, LSU and TCU will open the 2013 season against each other in the fifth annual Cowboys Classic at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The game will be played on Saturday, Aug. 31. According to ESPN, the game will either be on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.
"The Cowboys Classic has become one of the premier events in college football and we are excited about making another appearance there to start the 2013 season on national television," LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said. "The Dallas-Fort Worth area is also rich with LSU supporters and we look forward to taking the Tigers to a great LSU following."
This will be LSU's second appearance in the Cowboys Classic in three years. The Tigers beat Oregon there 40-27 to open the 2011 season.
This will be the first football meeting between LSU and TCU since 1968. The Tigers lead the series 5-2-1 against the Fort Worth-based school, whose campus lies just 18 miles west of Cowboys Stadium.
TCU, which joined the Big 12 this season, is currently 3-0 and ranked No. 15 in The Associated Press Top 25. The Horned Frogs lead the nation in scoring defense (4.3 points per game).
This game will cancel a planned home-and-home series between the two schools previously scheduled to begin in 2013.
LSU still has two other non-conference games scheduled for Tiger Stadium: Sept. 14 against UAB and Oct. 26 against Furman. Barring an unexpected switch by the SEC from eight to nine conference games, LSU has one non-conference game to schedule.