BYU hasn’t played its first game of the season yet, but the Cougars' second game is already earning some attention with the impending arrival of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.
LSU’s athletic department issued a statement Friday morning, saying the Tigers’ game against BYU on Sept. 2 is still set for its original 7:30 p.m. MT kickoff at NRG Stadium, home of the Houston Texans.
BYU opens its season Saturday with a 1 p.m. start against Portland State.
“The season-opening football game against BYU in Houston September 2nd remains as scheduled,” the statement said. “We are actively monitoring the situation in South Texas and will be in regular contact with Houston officials and NRG Stadium representatives to fully assess conditions on the ground while keeping a close eye on developments here in Louisiana as the storm unfolds.”
Hurricane Harvey was upgraded to a Category 4 hurricane on Friday with winds up to 125 mph in the afternoon hours, according to the Associated Press. It is expected to make landfall on the Texas coast either Friday night or Saturday morning, the AP reported, and the storm is supposed to drop a lot of rain, including in flood-prone Houston.
Two days before the BYU-LSU game in Houston, the Texans are scheduled to host the Dallas Cowboys at NRG Stadium in a preseason game. On Friday, Dallas offered to let Houston use the Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium as its home stadium if the situation requires it, according to the Dallas News.
“First and foremost, our thoughts and best wishes are with our neighbors in South Texas and of course with our friends and family here in South Louisiana as Hurricane Harvey draws near. We know all too well the challenges of facing a storm of this magnitude and stand ready to assist in any way we can,” the LSU statement read.