In Houston, LSU fans happy with 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Houston LSU fans that have been clamoring to see their team in action locally will get their wish on both ends of the 2014 season.

LSU's two highlight games on the schedule released Wednesday include the Aug. 30 season opener against Wisconsin at Houston's Reliant Stadium and a Thanksgiving Night regular-season finale at Texas A&M, the first game of the series that will close the regular season.

The Wisconsin game is the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff game. It'll be LSU's first game in Houston since 1983. The two teams will play again at Lambeau Field in Green Bay in 2016.

The A&M game will be the first of what will become LSU's new end-of-the-season rivalry game. This year's Arkansas game will mark the last of 22 consecutive seasons LSU will close its season against the Razorbacks, who close their 2014 against Missouri.

The LSU-Texas A&M and Arkansas-Missouri games will allow both LSU and Arkansas to play a state line rivalry against an opponent closer than LSU and Arkansas were to each other.

LSU's home schedule ends unusually early in 2014. The Tigers play seven home games, all in a stretch between the Wisconsin game and the final home game Nov. 8 against Alabama. LSU plays at Arkansas and A&M to finish the regular season, with an open date in between.

The Alabama game will be the most attractive of what's an unusually light home schedule. The Tigers also play host to Ole Miss, Sam Houston State, Louisiana-Monroe, New Mexico State, Mississippi State and Kentucky. The Tigers also visit Florida and Auburn.