LSU football’s Atlantic Coast Conference straggler opponents
LSU football has played more than its fair share of ACC opposition and will continue to unless something dramatic occurs. The future of the conference is arguably in question after reports that flagship schools Clemson and Florida State are unhappy.
For now, LSU football is slated to play FSU for the 2nd consecutive season and have a home-and-home with Clemson slated for 2025 and 2026. However, there are a few ACC schools the LSU Tigers have never played on the gridiron.
North Carolina State Wolfpack: NC State has not won an ACC title since 1979 but always makes noise during a season. Head coach Dave Doeren enters his 11th season in Raleigh and is fresh off an 8-5 year including a Duke’s Mayo Bowl appearance. Eventually, the Wolfpack will square off against LSU football.
Pittsburgh Panthers: Pitt was a Big East program that migrated to the ACC in 2012, thus, contributing to the chain of events that led to the Big East’s dissolution. But, of course, we’re talking about the old Big East and not the current rendition that does not include college football. The Panthers have a rich history, including nine claimed national championships and a Heisman Trophy from alumnus Tony Dorsett. Pat Narduzzi has served as Panthers’ head coach since 2015. His most successful season was a 10-2 finish in 2021. Pitt finished 9-4 and won the Sun Bowl in 2022.
Virginia Cavaliers: Virginia played their first college football season in 1888 and joined the ACC in 1953. Former Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott was hired as the new head coach ahead of the 2022 season. The Cavaliers finished 3-7 last year. Unfortunately, the season was cut short after a former teammate shot four Virginia players. Sadly, Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler, and D’Sean Perry lost their lives in the shooting. As such, Virginia will take the field in 2023 with heavy hearts and an eagerness to rally around the memories of their fallen teammates.