Fresno State at LSU could become a reality in mid-October from Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, LA. LSU and ESPN are trying to work out the details. Two other possible teams fell through, Louisiana Tech and Middle Tennessee State. LSU needs ESPN to help kick in some money to pay the Bulldogs. LSU knows it must pay Fresno State more than the other two schools.
The Bulldogs needs to fill another out of conference game. They were looking at a possible home game against a Division I-AA or a road game at a BCS school on September 2. If Fresno State fills out the schedule with a game in October then the September 9 game at home Oregon will be the season opener. The last time Fresno State opened the season at home against a IA opponent was Jim Sweeney's last year as head coach, 1996, the opponent Oregon. Ironically, Oregon was the opponent when Fresno State dedicated Bulldog Stadium in 1981. 15 years later they came back for a game, and now 25 years later they return for anther huge season opener.
Fresno State has only played two other SEC schools, both on the road, at Auburn in 1996 and at Tennessee in 2003. LSU's Tiger Stadium is known as Death Valley, the Tigers are nearly unbeatable at home in night games. LSU is one of the few teams that wears white jerseys at home, thus Fresno State could wear their Bulldog Red.