LAFAYETTE – The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Department of Athletics announced on Monday that it has filled its 2018 non-conference football schedule as it will open the season against in-state opponent Grambling at Cajun Field.
The game between Louisiana and Grambling, a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, will be the first-ever meeting between the schools on the gridiron and is scheduled for Sept. 1, 2018. The Ragin’ Cajuns will host New Mexico State (date TBD) in non-conference play in 2018, while also traveling to face SEC members Alabama (Sept. 29) and Mississippi State (Nov. 3).
Since 2011, Louisiana has hosted at least one in-state opponent in non-conference play at Cajun Field beginning with Nicholls State (2011 and 2013) and including Tulane (2012), Southern (2014), Louisiana Tech (2014), Northwestern State (2015) and McNeese State (2016).
The Ragin’ Cajuns will open the 2017 season on Sept. 2 at Cajun Field against Division I-FCS member Southeastern Louisiana.