Northern Colorado, SMU among Lamar’s future opponents

Published 5:05 pm Sunday, September 22, 2019

Lamar’s football team will begin a home-and-home series with Northern Colorado starting in 2021.

Memorial defensive back Greg Laday, pictured in 2017

That means Port Arthur native and Northern Colorado cornerback Greg Laday likely will take on his home-county university during his junior and senior seasons. Laday utilized his redshirt after playing just two games last season, but already has seven tackles through four games this season.

The 2021 game will be held in Greeley, Colorado, with the return game in Beaumont in 2022. Dates for those dates were not specified.

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Lamar on Sunday also announced a game at SMU a week prior to the 2022 Northern Colorado visit, and a Sept. 9, 2023, game at Louisiana-Monroe, a former Southland Conference opponent. ULM owns a 9-6-1 advantage against Lamar, last meeting in 1988.

The Cardinals have not played SMU or Northern Colorado before. According to, the Cardinals’ 2020 nonconference opponents include Mississippi College (Sept. 5 in Beaumont) and Rice (Sept. 26 in Houston), and 2021 foes include UTSA (Sept. 11 in San Antonio) and Texas Tech (date to be announced in Lubbock).

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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