LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette announced Tuesday it has secured new football home-and-home series with Boise State and Louisiana Tech and home games against Akron and Southern through the 2016 season.
“We have been able to put together schedules for the next couple of seasons that follow the blueprint we desire,” Louisiana Athletic Director Scott Farmer said. “Our goal is to play at least six games at Cajun Field each season. The remaining nonconference games should be against regional opponents that are close enough to allow our fans to make the trip if possible.”
Farmer said the Ragin’ Cajuns are always looking to play games against teams that will appeal to their fans.
“To get a team like Boise State to visit speaks volumes about how far this program has come in recent years,” he said.
ULL coach Mark Hudspeth said the games against Boise State are proof the football program is headed in the right direction.
“It will be a great measuring stick for our program because Boise State has already built a national successful program similar to what we are seeking to accomplish,” Hudspeth saied.
The 2014 nonconference schedule was completed last week when the Cajuns agreed to a home-and-home series with Boise State. ULL will visit the Broncos on Sept. 20, 2014, with Boise State playing in Lafayette to open the 2016 season.
ULL will open the 2014 season at home against Southern on Aug. 30 before making road trips to Ole Miss (Sept. 13) and Boise State (Sept. 20). The nonconference slate ends with an Oct. 4 home game vs. Louisiana Tech, the first game in a home-and-home series with the Bulldogs.
In 2015, the Cajuns are at home on either Sept. 19 or 26 against Akron in the return game of the home-and-home series that will be started this fall. The Cajuns then complete the series with Louisiana Tech on Oct. 3. Two games are left to schedule: a road game at a FBS opponent and a home contest, most likely against an FCS opponent.
The 2016 schedule features a season-opening home game against Boise State (Sept. 3) and a return game to Tulane (Oct. 8) to complete the home-and-home series begun in 2012. The Cajuns need one home and one away date to complete the schedule.
Future Ragin’ Cajuns nonconference football opponents
Aug. 30 Southern
Sept. 13 at Mississippi
Sept. 20 at Boise State
Oct. 4 Louisiana Tech
Sept. 5 at BCS opponent
Sept. 19 or 26 Akron
Oct. 3 at Louisiana Tech
Sept. 3 Boise State
Oct. 8 at Tulane