Ten days before it faces No. 20 TCU in the Cowboys Classic, LSU unveiled its schedule for the 2014 season — a campaign that opens with the Tigers traveling to Houston for the first in a neutral-site home-and-home series against Wisconsin.
The deal has been far from a state secret, but for the third time in four seasons, LSU will start its season on a neutral field against a power conference opponent.
On Wednesday, Les Miles was asked during his weekly radio show about the benefit of agreeing to play the Badgers. Simply put, it boils down to the Tigers’ sizable alumni base in the area and the city’s location in fertile recruiting territory, he said.
“The Houston position is (in) a place we recruit really well,” Miles said. “It’s almost a home game for us, and we’ll enjoy the local venue and the Texas spotlight — the TVs and the opportunity to recruit to some of those homes in that state.”
In 2016, LSU travels north in a return game that will be played at historic Lambeau Field — an added boon to landing a quality nonconference opponent.
“Also, what a historic venue to have a college team go to,” Miles said. “There’s a quality opponent there, certainly, and (an) oppoturnity to go visit.”
Dural makes his move
Entering preseason camp, the side-by-side comparison of redshirt freshman Travin Dural and junior-college product Qunatavius Leslie as a viable downfield threat was an intriguing story line.
Turns out, Dural, who is tore up his knee in preseason workouts last season, quickly separated himself.
Over the course of August, Miles has repeatedly lauded Dural’s capacity to provide an impact for a passing game looking to become more potent under new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.
“Travin Dural has been in the backburner,” Miles said. “He was redshirted because of the injury, but I think there’s a chance he could have a great year. You guys would enjoy seeing him — an under-the-radar name.”
Chek your bags
A week before LSU travels to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, fans might want to start preparing for a set of rules on game day.
Because the meeting happens at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the new NFL regulations concerning bags, purses and backpacks also apply to the Cowboys Classic.
Many items are prohibited from the stadium, including purses larger than a clutch, coolers, brief cases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, seat cushions and camera bags.
Here are the items that fans can carry through the turnstiles:
One gallon freezer bags; small clutch purses; cameras; binoculars; smartphones.
And if you can’t make it to Texas, LSU released its list of stations where you can pick up its radio broadcast.
In Baton Rouge, games can be heard on WDGL 98.1-FM, while New Orleans listeners can turn the dial to WWL 105.3-FM.
Games can also be heard on SiriuXM satellite radio on channels 199, 200, 201.