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Report: BYU-LSU could move from Houston due to Hurricane Harvey

Officials from ESPN, BYU and LSU are discussing contingency plans.

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If you were planning on making the trip to Houston to see BYU battle LSU this Saturday, you might want to wait a little longer before you book that hotel.

According to’s Steven Godfrey and Richard Johnson, the Cougars and Tigers may end up playing somewhere else entirely.

Per the report:

Officials from both schools will meet with ESPN on Sunday to discuss moving the game away from Houston’s NRG Stadium. Two potential relocation sites are LSU’s Tiger Stadium or New Orleans’ Mercedes-Benz Superdome. A source told SB Nation both schools are committed to playing the game Saturday in a different city.

It’s a good sign to hear that both schools are committed to playing on Saturday, since a quick look at the schedule shows it would be nearly impossible to play the game another time. BYU, of course, does not play games on Sundays, and LSU is hosting Syracuse on September 23, when BYU is on a bye.

Given the catastrophic flooding in Houston right now, looking at other options makes sense. Even if rains stop and floodwaters recede by Saturday, there’s the question of road conditions, safety for supporting personnel, and whether it’s fair to allocate city resources for a football game when so much rebuilding work will need to get done.

We’ll have more information as this develops, but obviously, football takes a backseat to the safety of our friends in Houston. Our prayers go out during this difficult time.