Any football team or fan who loves the game would be thrilled to have the chance to play a traditional powerhouse like LSU of the SEC in an awesome venue like NRG Stadium. —BYU athletic Director Tom Holmoe
PROVO — BYU and Louisiana State will meet in their 2017 football season-opener at the AdvoCare Kickoff at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sept. 2, the two schools announced Thursday.
It will mark the first meeting between the Cougars and Tigers of the Southeastern Conference.
“As a program we want to play the biggest names on the biggest stages, and facing LSU at NRG Stadium certainly achieves both of those objectives,” said BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall. “We look forward to this challenge and opportunity to play an outstanding SEC team. It’s another unique marque matchup for our football program and our fans.”
“Any football team or fan who loves the game would be thrilled to have the chance to play a traditional powerhouse like LSU of the SEC in an awesome venue like NRG Stadium,” said BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe. “We are excited and grateful for the invitation to play in such a great game.”
This is the latest in a line of games BYU has scheduled at National Football League venues. NRG Stadium is the home of the Houston Texans. The Cougars are also scheduled to play Missouri at Arrowhead Stadium (2015), West Virginia at FedEx Field (2016), Arizona at University of Phoenix Stadium (2016), and Massachusetts at Gillette Stadium (2018, 2019).
LSU marks the second SEC team BYU has scheduled in the past two months. The Cougars will also take on Missouri next November.
“We are excited about the opportunity to return to Houston for the 2017 season opener against BYU,” said Joe Alleva, LSU vice chancellor and director of athletics. “We opened the 2014 season against Wisconsin in NRG Stadium, and the turnout and response from our fans far exceeded our expectations. Houston is a great city with a huge LSU alumni base, and NRG Stadium continues to be one of the great venues for football. We look forward to opening the 2017 season against BYU in Houston in what should be another great start to the football season.”