Could another LSU football game be impacted by a significant weather event?
Last year, the LSU-Florida game originally scheduled for Oct. 8 in Gainesville was shifted to Nov. 19 in Baton Rouge because of Hurricane Matthew. This season, LSU is set to open 2017 next Saturday against BYU in Houston; however, with Hurricane Harvey barreling toward the state of Texas and the concerns over potentially catastrophic flooding in the city — the Category 2 storm that’s reaching Category 3 strength is expected to linger in the area after making landfall Friday night/Saturday morning and dump upwards of three feet or more of rain — led to the thinking that the neutral-field opener for the Tigers may be in jeopardy.
While it’s far down on the list of priorities for those in the path of the storm, LSU announced Friday that, at the moment, the “game remains as scheduled.” “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,” the release continued, “while keeping a close eye on developments here in Louisiana as the storm unfolds.”
— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) August 25, 2017
The damage from the storm may end up hitting close to home for the Tigers as well. “The hurricane could, according to some models, move northeast and then re-emerge briefly over the Gulf of Mexico before making a second landfall in northeastern Texas or western Louisiana” in the middle of next week, Yahoo! News writes.