It appears that BYU vs. LSU will not take place at NRG Stadium in Houston this Saturday due to catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. While the Cougars, Tigers and ESPN figure out where to move the game, here's a breakdown of the possible destinations:
Here are the NFL stadiums that are already booked for Saturday:
Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta): Atlanta is already playing host to the featured game of the week as No. 1 Alabama takes on No. 3 Florida State.
Alamodome (San Antonio): The Alamodome is currently scheduled to play host to Houston vs. UTSA, but reports on Sunday said this game is in flux. As of Monday afternoon it appears this game is still on.
AT&T Stadium (Dallas): Jerry's World already features No. 17 Florida taking on No. 11 Michigan. While this game happens earlier in the day, it's doubtful that they'd do a double-header on Saturday with BYU vs. LSU.
Right off the bat, let's eliminate some places where it's extremely unlikely this game would happen:
LaVell Edwards Stadium (Provo): Remember last year when Florida vs. LSU got moved from Gainesville to Baton Rouge due to Hurricane Matthew? If the Tigers got that game moved to Death Valley, there's no chance the Cougars are going to talk them into going all the way to Utah.
While it's possible the game could happen at these venues, these aren't at the top of the list.
Tigers Stadium (Baton Rouge, Louisiana): It's possible this could turn into an extra home game for LSU, and it would be neat for the Cougars to visit one of the loudest venues in college football in Death Valley. That said, I'm sure Tom Holmoe and Kalani Sitake would rather not trade a neutral site to a straight-up away game. LSU athletic director Joe Alleva has gone on record saying he doesn’t think this will happen.
Cotton Bowl (Dallas): The Cotton Bowl has reportedly been contacted about potentially hosting this game, and it's more likely this game would be moved to Dallas than Baton Rouge. That said, the city of Dallas is already hosting Florida vs. Michigan, and things could get crowded should it host two big games on Saturday.
These are locations that are plausible but don't quite jump to the top of the list.
Nissan Stadium (Nashville, Tennessee): The home of the Tennessee Titans is reportedly still looking at if it can host this game. "We’re working through that today," Music City Bowl president Scott Ramsey told The Advocate. Until we hear official word that this stadium is ready to go, we'll place Nissan Stadium in this tier.
EverBank Field (Jacksonville, Florida): Another NFL stadium that's been floated as a possibility is the home of the Jaguars. However, as of Monday afternoon the stadium has not yet said one way or the other to either The Advocate.
Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Florida): Another stadium that's expressed its readiness to take on this game is the Citrus Bowl, now officially known as Camping World Stadium. It would make it easy for the fans to take a trip to Disney World at the same time. The downside would be fans having to make drastic changes to their travel plans, as Orlando is almost 1,000 miles of driving away from Houston. However, we just got an update Monday afternoon from Evan Fitzgerald of Fox 35 that Orlando could be out:
We will update as more information becomes available.
This is the most likely candidate to host BYU vs. LSU, all things considered.
Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans): The Superdome (not to be confused with Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta) has already expressed readiness to host this game, according to reports from New Orleans. This would be the mostly likely candidate if it weren't for the heavy rain expected from the remnants of Hurricane Harvey. According to weather reports, New Orleans can expect 5-10 inches of rain, and flash flood warnings have been issued for parts of the city.