There's no easy opponent sandwiched between the Furman football team's Southern Conference games against Appalachian State and Georgia Southern in 2013.
Between those difficult games is an even tougher game, a visit to Death Valley to take on LSU.
The stretch of games is part of a 12-game schedule announced by Furman on Thursday.
The Oct. 26 game against LSU is the first-ever meeting between the programs. Furman also will play non-conference games against three Big South schools, at Gardner-Webb (Aug. 31) and Coastal Carolina (Sept. 7) and against Presbyterian (Sept. 14) at home.
Within the SoCon, Furman will host Elon (Oct. 5), Appalachian State (Oct. 19), Samford (Nov. 9) on Homecoming and Wofford (Nov. 23). The Paladins hold a 51-28-7 lead in the series against Wofford, which began in 1889 and is the oldest in state history.
Furman will play SoCon games at The Citadel (Sept. 28), Chattanooga (Oct. 12), Georgia Southern (Nov. 2) and Western Carolina (Nov. 16).
The Paladins are coming off a 3-8 record in coach Bruce Fowler's second season.
2013 FURMAN FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Aug. 31, at Gardner-Webb
Sept. 7, at Coastal Carolina
Sept. 14, Presbyterian
Sept. 28, at The Citadel*
Oct. 5, Elon*
Oct. 12, at Chattanooga*
Oct. 19, Appalachian State*
Oct. 26, at LSU
Nov. 2, at Georgia Southern*
Nov. 9 Samford* (Homecoming)
Nov. 16, at Western Carolina*
Nov. 23, Wofford*
* - Southern Conference game