LSU releases 2013 SEC football schedule

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles sings the alma mater with his players LSU defensive tackle Bennie Logan (18), LSU tight end Nic Jacobs (84) and LSU running back Jeremy Hill (33) at the end of the game. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles sings the alma mater with his players LSU defensive tackle Bennie Logan (18), LSU tight end Nic Jacobs (84) and LSU running back Jeremy Hill (33) at the end of the game.

LSU will play at Georgia and home against Florida in 2013 as part of its Southeastern Conference schedule announced Thursday by the conference office.

The Tigers will play Sept. 28 at Georgia and at home Oct. 12 against Florida.

Florida has been designated as LSU’s permanent opponent out of the SEC East. The Tigers and Gators have played every year since 1971.

Georgia replaces South Carolina on LSU’s schedule from this year as a rotating SEC East opponent.

The Georgia game will be a homecoming of sorts for LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger. He is from the Athens, Ga., area and started his college career at Georgia.

SEC Executive Associate Commissioner Mark Womack said in a statement that the 2013 schedule is “a bridge” to a permanent 12-year scheduling format to begin with the 2014 season. This would also coincide with the start of the four-team BCS playoff system.

LSU’s schedule currently includes two open dates bracketing a Nov. 9 game at Alabama — one on Nov. 2 and one on Nov. 16. LSU has in recent years tried to maintain an open date before playing Alabama.

The Tigers finish with home games against Arkansas on Nov. 23 and Texas A&M on Nov. 30.

Nov. 30 is the latest regular-season finale for LSU since the Tigers hosted Auburn on Dec. 1, 2001. That game was supposed to happen in September, but was rescheduled after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

2013 LSU FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Aug. 31: vs. TCU (Arlington, Texas)
Sept. 7: Kent State (Baton Rouge)
Sept. 14: UAB (Baton Rouge)
Sept. 21: Auburn (Baton Rouge)
Sept. 28: at Georgia (Athens, Ga.)
Oct. 5: at Mississippi State (Starkville, Miss.)
Oct. 12: Florida (Baton Rouge)
Oct. 19: at Ole Miss (Oxford, Miss.)
Oct. 26: Furman (Baton Rouge)
Nov. 2: Open
Nov. 9: at Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
Nov. 16: Open
Nov. 23: Texas A&M (Baton Rouge)
Nov. 30: Arkansas (Baton Rouge)