UPDATE: Kendall Rogers with DI Baseball is reporting that the Big Ten has cancelled all non-conference matchups for the 2021 season. With that update, Louisiana Tech loses their home opener versus Illinois.
Louisiana Tech released its 2021 college baseball schedule on Thursday, providing the first look at the 2021 college baseball season as a whole.
The Bulldogs will host Illinois, McNeese State, Army, Arkansas, and Ole Miss among others in non-conference play at their new stadium. Louisiana Tech's previous stadium was catastrophically damaged by an EF-3 tornado last year. Louisiana Tech will also visit Tulane for a weekend series and LSU for a midweek game.
Louisiana Tech will begin their 24-game Conference USA slate on March 26 on the road at Southern Miss who they will also face at home three weeks later. The Bulldogs will play 15 games against teams either in College Baseball Nation's Way-Too-Early Top 25 or under consideration for the top 25.
Interestingly, there are no clear signs of any deviations from a normal baseball schedule for the Bulldogs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their schedule maintains the typical 56 games and has no obvious adjustments to travel plans. Additionally, the Bulldogs' opening weekend is February 19-21, the earliest allowable weekend for the 2021 season.
Multiple sources have told College Baseball Nation that some conferences may choose to limit non-conference games and supplement their schedules with additional conferences games. Arkansas' head coach, Dave Van Horn mentioned in a press conference that the SEC is considering four-game weekend series for conference play as a way to ensure a minimum number of games for SEC teams if other conferences or teams were to cancel their seasons. No conference has announced official changes to their 2021 conference schedules.
Regardless, Louisiana Tech's schedule release suggests that the Bulldogs and Conference USA are moving full steam ahead for now for the 2021 college baseball season.