Mark Harlan and his staff have been knocking it out of the park with their out of conference scheduling in football. Just a few months back the athletic department announced Florida (2022-23) and Arkansas (2026 and 2028) as future opponents, now the Utes will be taking on LSU in 2031 and 2032, with the first date taking place at Rice-Eccles Stadium Saturday, September 6th, and the return trip to Death Valley Saturday, September 11th the following season.
“Our aspirations to continue to grow and elevate our football program make opportunities like this especially important,” said Director of Athletics Mark Harlan. “For our student-athletes it is an incredible opportunity to play a high-profile opponent in two fantastic environments. It also is incredibly attractive to our fans to host a team like LSU at Rice-Eccles Stadium and to go on the road to Baton Rouge and cheer on their Utes.”
Utah is 0-2 against LSU, with both losses coming in the Bayou, one on Nov. 30, 1974 and the other Nov. 27, 1976.
These two dates with LSU are the furthest into the future Utah has scheduled with any opponent. Utah now has 26 non-conference games scheduled between 2020-32, including six against members of the SEC (Florida 2022-23, Arkansas 2026 & ‘28, LSU 2031-32), two against a Big 12 program (Baylor 2023-24) and seven against BYU (2020-21, 2024-28).