Louisiana Tech Media Relations
Jan. 15, 2007
For Immediate Release
Tech Announces 2008 Football Opponents
RUSTON – Louisiana Tech Athletic Director Jim Oakes announced Tuesday that the university has signed a contract to play a two-game series against the U.S. Military Academy (Army) in football.
With the addition of the Black Knights, Louisiana Tech’s schedule is now complete although dates for the eight Western Athletic Conference games and the Army game are still yet to be determined.
The Army contract calls for the Bulldogs to travel to West Point and face the Black Knights in 2008 at Michie Stadium (date to be determined by TV) while the return date to Ruston will occur in either the 2010 or 2013 season.
It will be the first meetings ever between the two programs on the gridiron and the first time Louisiana Tech will face an armed forces program.
“We are pleased to announce this two-game contract with Army,” Oakes said. “We feel like it should be a great series for both programs. With (the Joint Readiness Training Center) in Ft. Polk only three hours from Ruston, I think this will be an excellent opportunity for us to draw a capacity crowd at Joe Aillet Stadium.
“We are also looking forward to making the trip to West Point next season. From everything I’ve heard, it’s one of the great atmospheres for a college football game. It’s a beautiful area. It will be a great experience for our fans and our players.”
Army posted a 3-9 mark this season as the Black Knights registered wins over Rhode Island, Temple and Tulane.
Tech’s non-conference schedule next year now includes home games against Mississippi State (Aug. 30) and Southeastern Louisiana (Sept. 20) and road games at Kansas (Sept. 6) and Army.
Oakes said the Mississippi State game would remain on Saturday, Aug. 30 and kickoff for the nationally televised game would be determined at a later date but would be between 6 and 8 p.m.
The Bulldogs four home conference games will be against Fresno State, Nevada, Idaho and Utah State while their four road games will be at Boise State, at Hawaii, at New Mexico State and at San Jose State.
It will mark the first time since Tech joined the Division I-A ranks in 1989 that the Bulldogs have played six home games in one season.
2008 Football Schedule
8/30 Mississippi State Ruston, La.
9/6 Kansas Lawrence, Kan.
9/20 Southeastern La. Ruston, La.
TBA Army West Point, N.Y.
TBA Boise State Boise, Idaho
TBA Hawaii Honolulu, Hawaii
TBA New Mexico State Las Cruces, N.M.
TBA San Jose St. San Jose, Calif.
TBA Utah State Ruston, La.
TBA Idaho Ruston, La.
TBA Nevada Ruston, La.
TBA Fresno State Ruston, La.