LSU’s Tiger Stadium ranks at the top of the heap compared to other SEC stadiums. Clemson’s Memorial Stadium features one of the coolest entrances in college football, with Howard’s Rock welcoming the team onto the field. Both universities boast legendary college football programs, and both are national contenders year after year.
Coming into Death Valley is no easy task for most programs, but that all depends on who you’re asking. Both LSU and Clemson play in “Death Valley,” but neither has ever played on the other’s field. Turns out, we’re finally going to find out where the real Death Valley is.
They’ve only played three times before, and only in bowl games, but that’s all about to change.
The two Tigers’ programs have scheduled a home-and-home series in 2025-26.
Clemson will play host the first game, welcoming LSU into Memorial Stadium to kick off the 2025 season on August 30. The following year, LSU hosts Clemson at Tiger Stadium on September 5, 2026.
It’s Death Valley versus Death Valley, and this is going to be fun.
The two programs have combined for 1,516 wins and 28 bowl victories in their long history, but have only ever played against each other in the postseason.
The LSU Tigers leads the all-time series 2-1, winning the 1959 Sugar Bowl and the 1986 Peach Bowl over Clemson. Most recently, No. 14 Clemson knocked off No. 8 LSU in an instant classic at the 2012 Chick-Fil-A Bowl.
Clemson Tigers quarterback Tahj Boyd won MVP in Clemson’s 25-24 last-second win over LSU’s top-ranked defense.
Clemson and LSU’s rich history will make this series a marquee game to kick off back-to-back college football seasons.
“The series against LSU continues the philosophy we have had at Clemson for many years of looking to add another Power 5 opponent to our schedule outside of our annual rivalry game with the University of South Carolina,” Clemson Athletic Director Dan Radakovich said. “We are excited about playing a school with LSU’s rich football tradition. We know our fans will enjoy visiting Baton Rouge, and we know they will provide our renowned Clemson hospitality to the fans from LSU.”
Kudos to both Tiger teams for setting this one up and not shying away from a cupcake non-conference football schedule.
Death Valley versus Death Valley has a nice ring to it, too.