Louisiana State University and the University of Oregon will open the 2011 college football season on Sept. 3, 2011 in the "Cowboys Classic" at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in prime time on ESPN. This will be the fourth time the schools have played each other, with LSU leading the series 2-1. Oregon is currently ranked No. 7 in the latest Associated Press poll while LSU is No. 19.*
- The LSU-Oregon contest will mark the second conpsecutive year in which the Tigers will open the season at a neutral site and on prime time national television. LSU opened the 2010 season last week with a 30-24 victory over North Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.
The game will mark the third year of a five-year agreement between Cowboys Stadium and ESPN to bring a top college football game to the new stadium each year during the Labor Day holiday weekend to start the college football season. The previous two contests have featured nationally ranked teams with Brigham Young University upsetting the University of Oklahoma 14-13 in 2009 and Texas Christian University knocking off Oregon State 30-21 this past weekend.
The 2011 contest between LSU and Oregon will be the fourth-ever meeting between the two schools, and first since the 1977 season, while it also marks the first appearance for both squads at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Information on ticket sales and kickoff time will be announced at a later date.