The year was 1991. Operation Desert Storm began after Iraq invaded Kuwait. Buffalo Bills kicker Scott Norwood’s missed field goal gifted the New York Giants a 20-19 win in Super Bowl XXV. The Chicago Bulls and a kid named Michael Jordan defeated the Los Angeles Lakers to win their first NBA Championship.
The two schools have since won five combined national championships, hundreds of games and churned out numerous All-Americans.
It’s about time wet get the two college football juggernauts back on the field together.
Both LSU and Florida State agree to play a two-game neutral site series against each other. The first will be in New Orleans in 2022, and the other will be in Orlando in 2023.
Florida State holds the edge in the all-time series, winning seven of nine games played, as well as the last four in a row.
LSU, despite having played seven of the nine games at home, last won in 1982 — they also won the first game the two schools ever played 31-27 in the 1968 Peach Bowl.
Times have changed for both the Seminoles and Tigers, but bringing another big non-conference game into the mix gives both programs a nationally-recognized matchup to help propel their programs even further in the future.
LSU already has a home-and-home series scheduled with Texas, UCLA, Oklahoma and Arizona State in future years, and adding FSU into the mix easily solidifies them for national consideration.
For Florida State, they only have Florida and Notre Dame slated for long series in the future, so the addition of a major, marquee non-conference game like LSU gives them the opportunity to prepare a schedule worth of a national title run.
It’s a few years down the line, so there’s a chance Ed Orgeron and Willie Taggert won’t be leading their respective programs into the neutral site series, but it’s going to make for great football no matter who coaches.
These two haven’t played since the year I was born, and getting to see two of the most decorated programs in NCAA history going at sets the tone for the entire college football season.
It’s too bad it’s not a home-and-home series. Can you imagine Doak Campbell and Tiger Stadiums lit up on a Saturday night for these games?
Buckle up: This SEC versus ACC two-game series is going to set up playoff-shifting games right from opening weekend.