Hurricane Harvey could force LSU-BYU game to move from Houston

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Hurricane Harvey could force LSU-BYU game to move from Houston

In a statement released last Saturday, LSU officials stated that the game now "remains as scheduled" but that they are monitoring the situation.

As Hurricane Harvey continues to wreak havoc in Texas, affecting the lives of millions with its near record-breaking flooding, one of the many plans being changed is the Saturday night kickoff between LSU and BYU, which was scheduled for 9:30 p.m.in NRG Stadium in Houston.

More than two feet of rain have already fallen in the Houston area and forecasts predict much more is on the way.

Now both schools are talking about relocation sites if playing in Houston isn't possible, according to SB Nation. Ultimately, it's up to NRG and ESPN, the organizers of the game to decide where the game will be played if it is in fact moved. In a story from The Baton Rouge Advocate's Ross Dellenger, Superdome officials say that they haven't been contacted yet, but would be willing to take the game if necessary.

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LSU has a recent history of having games impacted by weather.

"Mr. Alleva went on to say that nearly certainly it will not be played in Houston". However, LSU athletic director Joe Alleva released a statement on Sunday through administrator Bill Franques, deflecting the decision away from the LSU athletics department. Most certainly, looks like very certainly, nearly certain that it will be moved to another venue.

This marks the third straight season an LSU game has been affected by a natural disaster. Later that season, LSU's game with SC was moved to Baton Rouge after devastating floods hampered Columbia, SC. The annual LSU-Florida game was moved from Gainesville to Baton Rouge in 2016 after Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Florida.

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