Towson University will face one of the top college football programs in the nation when the Tigers visit Louisiana State University in 2012, Towson director of athletics Mike Waddell announced today in a news release.

LSU is a three-time national champion (1958, 2003 and 2007) and the first school to win two BCS national championships. The game is scheduled for Sept. 29, 2012.

LSU will pay Towson $510,000 to play the game, a Towson athletic official said, the largest such payout in program history.

"One of the ways that we will be able to help lift our football program upward is through scheduling marquee matchups that expand our brand nationally," Towson coach Rob Ambrose said in a news release. "To play a perennial national contender is just another building block in the foundation being laid for the future."

LSU is one of two FBS opponents on Towson's 2012 schedule. The Tigers are also scheduled to play at Kent State. Since 2008, Towson has played three FBS opponents, including Navy, Northwestern and Indiana. This season, the Tigers visit the University of Maryland on Oct. 1.

"We knew that we would be opening next season at Kent State (Sept. 1) and would entertain Elon at Unitas Stadium (Sept. 15), so we still had one game on the schedule yet to firm up," Waddell said in the release. "We could have played another FBS opponent, but we felt the LSU option gave us the opportunity to give our student-athletes a once in a lifetime opportunity. The balance of playing a BCS, a FBS, and a FCS game for our three non-CAA matchups is something that we may do from time to time, but not on a regular basis."


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