Officials move BYU-LSU game from storm-ravaged Houston to New Orleans' Superdome

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  • TheSportsAuthority Arlington, VA
    Aug. 30, 2017 8:52 p.m.

    Surf is Up

    "it may be possible; but it will take a lot more than two seasons separated by four years (2004 & 2008)"

    Just to match what BYU has already accomplished, you'll have to

    - finish in the Top 12 five of six seasons
    - have 11+ wins five of six seasons
    - win 66 of 75 games (88%)
    - win 6 straight conference championships
    - have 4 straight QB's that finish in the Top 3 in Heisman voting
    - have back-to-back Top 7 finishes
    - and top it all of with a 24-game winning streak
    - culminating in a consensus National Championship (#1 in both major polls)

    Since you've only accomplished one of those achievements in your first 123 seasons (I'll let you research which one), it could take you another century, or more, just to match what BYU has already accomplished.

  • Surf is Up Miami, FL
    Aug. 30, 2017 4:02 p.m.

    @Bluto "....No amount of False Bravado, Conference affiliation or Pac11.1 patch, will ever bring Utah Football status equal to BYU as far as Legacy, History and National Brand are concerned..."

    Actually it may be possible; but it will take a lot more than two seasons separated by four years (2004 & 2008) which is what the BYU haters who post incessantly here use as the ute claim-to-fame. How ignominious is that?

    Based on PAC12 results they are no better than the top tier of the MWC programs they left behind, claim to be superior to, and detest with all the undeserved swagger they can muster.

    So yes, Bluto, you pretty much nailed it.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Aug. 30, 2017 12:42 p.m.

    Wow. There was more acknowledgment and empathy for the pain and suffering of Houston residents by ESPN and our football team than our President showed in his entire visit to the Houston area.

  • london_josh lincoln, CA
    Aug. 30, 2017 12:33 p.m.

    Hey Ute fans,

    It's really simple. BYU won the NC in 1984.

    Just say it out loud, accept the fact because it's never going to change.

    Let's not bring up other teams that won an NY6 since then in an attempt to switch topics to invalidate a fact - but if you insist then add in the 1996 BYU team that won the cotton bowl so I'm not sure where you were going with that point.

    All of these arguments about 1984 are lame, it happened, it's history, accept it and move on in your life.

  • UoU 1991 Park City, UT
    Aug. 30, 2017 9:33 a.m.

    Rockwell

    "Of the 130 FBS teams, only NINETEEN have won a National Championship since BYU won theirs in 1984,"

    BYU is one of only 20 teams that have won a National Championship since 1984.

    Compare that to the number of teams that have won New Years, BCS, and NY6 Bowls since 1984.

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    Aug. 30, 2017 9:07 a.m.

    WACpaddled

    "Well if you were experts, BYU would have another title by now right?"

    BYU was awfully close in 1996, finishing 14-1 and #5 in both major polls.

    BYU's only loss was at #16 Washington, early in the season. BYU finished on a 12-game winning streak, beating #17 Kansas St in the Cotton Bowl.

    Of the 130 FBS teams, only NINETEEN have won a National Championship since BYU won theirs in 1984,

    and only 16 of those teams finished #1 in both major polls - AP and Coaches.

    For comparison - last title won:

    Notre Dame - 1988
    Penn State - 1986
    Georgia - 1980
    Pittsburgh - 1976
    Michigan St - 1965
    Arkansas - 1964

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 30, 2017 8:40 a.m.

    WACpaddled

    "You are on par with Army, Minnesota and Maryland's of the world."

    What a frantic and emotional thing to say.

    Last time ranked #1 in AP poll at any point in the season :

    BYU - 1984
    Minnesota - 1960
    Army - 1958
    Maryland - 1953

    Try keeping your comparisons within the last half century.

  • deductive reasoning Arlington, VA
    Aug. 30, 2017 6:42 a.m.

    Unlike many flash-in-the-pan undefeated teams, BYU's history of winning 88% of their games from 1979 to 1984, finishing in the Top 12 five of six years, and winning 24 straight games, including three road wins over Top 25 teams, helped prove to the pollsters that BYU deserved their #1 ranking.

    Washington and Nebraska passed on playing #1 BYU,
    Oklahoma lost to a team with a losing record, and
    Florida was ineligible to play in a bowl,

    all of which convinced all five major selecting organizations that BYU was more deserving of winning the 1984 National Championship than any other team.

  • WACPaddingOurSchedule pocatello, ID
    Aug. 29, 2017 11:29 p.m.

    BlueCoug - Provo, UT
    Aug. 29, 2017 10:50 p.m.
    Nighty Owl

    The Utes have never in their history even come close to winning a national championship, so stop pretending that you're "experts" about a subject that you know absolutely nothing about.

    _____

    Well if you were experts, BYU would have another title by now right?
    You are on par with Army, Minnesota and Maryland's of the world. They also have a national title. But they are not experts in making outlandish claims and saying they are equal to LSU that I know of.

  • WACPaddingOurSchedule pocatello, ID
    Aug. 29, 2017 11:19 p.m.

    london_josh, you are grasping at straws. And you just proved NiightOwls point about 84" by pointing out how the voting changed. You totally ignored that, and went right into their 85" record.

    BYU was awarded the title. And as a result of how that happened. They changed how the national title was awarded. Why are you ignoring that?

    Stop masquerading as a P5 wannabe. BYU is not in a P5 conference, and has never played that kind of schedule week after week.

  • mussingaround Palo Alto, CA
    Aug. 29, 2017 11:09 p.m.

    Night Owl

    The real trigger for the creation of the Bowl Alliance and later the BCS was the back-to-back split national championships in 1990 and 1991, which spurred the creation of a system that would free up the #1 and #2 teams to be able to play each other instead of being locked into separate bowls.

    It had absolutely nothing to do with preventing a team ranked #1 in both major polls from winning the national championship simply because they weren't members of a power conference.

  • BlueCoug Provo, UT
    Aug. 29, 2017 10:50 p.m.

    Nighty Owl

    The Utes have never in their history even come close to winning a national championship, so stop pretending that you're "experts" about a subject that you know absolutely nothing about.

  • london_josh lincoln, CA
    Aug. 29, 2017 10:43 p.m.

    Night owl,

    You went from BYU never beating a ranked team (by the way, that's very inaccurate)

    To BYU saying that it's equal to ranked teams - which is probably true when BYU is ranked, right?

    To winning the NC in 1984 - thanks for that.

    To not mention what went on after 1984 - seriously, I don't get it, after 1984 came 1985 which had 3 close losses on an 11-3 year, is that shameful?

    Then you end with BYU never playing a P5 schedule - the past years BYU consistently ranks in the top half of the SOS which is always above the mark of the number of P5 teams, so that's somewhat arguable.

    I'm humored by your comment. You might be very young, so yourself a favor, Google the phrase "floats like a duck" and enjoy more disjointed logic. I absolutely enjoyed your comment!

  • NightOwlAmerica SALEM, OR
    Aug. 29, 2017 9:16 p.m.

    Ahh I see it now. Something new from the BYU playbook for fans.
    "We can't beat ranked teams. So lets say we are equal to them."

    Yep, BYU won the title in 84" But not a single BYU fan will admit what happened after that. Care to brag more about the title? It's because of BYU that the process of awarding a national title changed.

    Where do people come up with this stuff? Does not matter if you both can claim a national title. BYU is not equal to LSU. Not even close. The Cougars have never in the history of their program played a power conference schedule. So stop pretending to be something you are not.

  • TrueBlue Provo, UT
    Aug. 29, 2017 5:23 p.m.

    jealous utahman

    "Please stop saying that BYU and LSU are on the same level because each have a national championship. They actually won a national championship game, not awarded the title."

    NCAA FBS College Football Championship History
    YEAR | CHAMPION | SELECTING ORGANIZATION

    2003 | Louisiana State, Southern California | BCS, AP, FWAA
    1984 | Brigham Young | AP, FWAA, NFF, USA/CNN, UPI

    Wait a minute!

    What's USC doing there?

    You mean during the BCS era, a PAC 10 team was AWARDED a title,

    WITHOUT playing in a national championship game?

  • london_josh lincoln, CA
    Aug. 29, 2017 4:42 p.m.

    Utahman,

    "Please stop saying that BYU and LSU are on the same level because each have a national championship. "

    Well, I haven't said that and I think we all know that BYU and Utah are certainly NOT on the "same level", however to your point, for having an NC BYU and LSU do indeed happen to be in that same category.

    It doesn't matter whether one was awarded the NC by the BCS or the AP, both teams have an NC.

    Are you implying that only a BCS NC is valid? What about the CFP NC?

    Personally I'd never claim that BYU and LSU are "on the same level" in general, but based on having an NC, they certainly are and that's a fact and no amount of arguing or twisting will take away the fact that in 1984 at the end of a 24 game win streak where the only loss the previous season was a close one to a ranked team in the opening, capping off a perfect season BYU was awarded the NC unanimously - which is how it worked back then.

    There are all sorts of points in which we are not on the same level - thanks for bringing up one in which we are!

  • Utahman23 Herriman, UT
    Aug. 29, 2017 4:22 p.m.

    Please stop saying that BYU and LSU are on the same level because each have a national championship. They actually won a national championship game, not awarded the title. And LSU's was within the last two decades. While it is impressive to win 24 games in two years and it makes sense why BYU received the #1 votes all those years ago, your National Championship is not the same as LSU's and I would love to see you make the claim that it is to a Louisiana Native or anybody from anywhere. They will quickly ruin your self-esteem. Pound your chest all you want about that trophy, you are still falling behind real P5 teams.

  • phantomblade Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 29, 2017 2:46 p.m.

    kaysvillecougar

    "It sounds like BYU sold out their 9000 seat allotment already. It's unfortunate that the change in location should dramatically reduce the number of Cougar fans and increase the number of LSU fans."

    Very likely since many of the BYU fans who were flying in for the game are having problems with one particular airline that is refusing to cancel or change their flights without charging huge fees.

    Other BYU fans living in Texas and other nearby states probably aren't thrilled with the idea of driving through the torrential rain being produced by the remnants of a massive hurricane just to attend a football game.

  • CougarCat Tucson, AZ
    Aug. 29, 2017 2:36 p.m.

    I wouldn't be surprised if this game winds up getting cancelled or rescheduled for some date in December. Harvey hung a right turn yesterday and is moving into coastal Louisiana right about now.

    Dallas or Memphis would've been better choices for Sept. 2nd. Oh well.

  • BlueCoug Provo, UT
    Aug. 29, 2017 2:22 p.m.

    estreetshuffle

    "They [ESPN] brag about the partnership with BYU, but it's not about BYU, it's the money that BYU generates that makes their eyes BOING!!"

    You can't separate BYU from the revenue BYU produces for ESPN - the two go hand in hand.

    Major college football has been big business for a long time and ESPN has been in love with BYU since 1984, when they broadcast their very first nationally televised college football game between...

    BYU and then #3 Pittsburgh.

    It was no surprise at all to see BYU and ESPN form a partnership as soon as BYU went Independent.

  • kaysvillecougar KAYSVILLE, UT
    Aug. 29, 2017 2:11 p.m.

    It sounds like BYU sold out their 9000 seat allotment already. It's unfortunate that the change in location should dramatically reduce the number of Cougar fans and increase the number of LSU fans.

  • estreetshuffle Window Rock, AZ
    Aug. 29, 2017 1:40 p.m.

    @talkinsports
    Of course, it's already a given that money hungry ESPN has the final say. Additionally, ESPN is pro-SEC as you've seen on TV lately and that's more money for them because they are losing money with the many layoffs and cost cutting they've experienced. They brag about the partnership with BYU but it's not about BYU, it's the money that BYU generates that makes their eyes BOING!! I wouldn't' be surprised when they place BYU in some weird bowl game that is sponsored by JC Penny or Big Lots or Ben and Jerry's etc.

  • talkinsports Gilbert, AZ
    Aug. 29, 2017 12:54 p.m.

    "According to The Advocate, ESPN had final say in where LSU and BYU would play since the network owns the rights to the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff, an annual game in Houston that began in 2013."

    Despite the clueless comments from the haters, neither LSU nor BYU had final say in where the game was moved to.

  • estreetshuffle Window Rock, AZ
    Aug. 29, 2017 12:47 p.m.

    How convenient for LSU. They don't have to go through the travel logistics and hassles that BYU will encounter to arrive at the Super Dome. They get to play in their backyard. The storm rain is headed toward New Orleans. I don't think New Orleans is prepared as they say they are. Great decision ESPN and SEC. They should just play at LE stadium; it has an open date. You see LSU doesn't like to travel beyond their backyard including the SEC.
    The offensive line needs to pick their game and not be so lethargic. I observed several missed blocking assignments that may have caused the lack of offensive drive.

  • Johnny Triumph Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 29, 2017 12:45 p.m.

    Just cancel the dumb game. The storm is headed for Louisiana, let everyone catch up. I'm a BYU fan and more than excited to see them play tough opponents but this is too much. I've spent the past days watching for news of family in Houston and seeing the devastation that the flooding is causing and the last thing I remotely care about is a silly football game. If the game were against a team and in a region not affected by this then fine, play the game. But this is terrible.

  • london_josh lincoln, CA
    Aug. 29, 2017 11:29 a.m.

    Do you think that BYU was going to hold out for a move out west? Obviously BYU was indeed consulted, this is a good game, a great team, and a fun match-up with a good amount of publicity.

    This is called troll failing - BYU is playing LSU in the super dome, just think about it.

  • talkinsports Gilbert, AZ
    Aug. 29, 2017 11:20 a.m.

    KimmyP

    It is so fun watching our jealous little brothers on the hill living in denial and pretending that ESPN, LSU and BYU weren't all heavily involved in the discussions to relocate the game.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Aug. 29, 2017 11:09 a.m.

    "It is so fun to watch the blue faithful act like ESPN and LSU were going to consult byu regarding where the relocation of the game site."

    I don't see ESPN and LSU negotiating a game for LSU to play Utah in an NFL stadium in a season opener matchup. And according to NavalVet, Utah is one of the 4 best teams in the country. Why aren't ESPN and LSU on this yet?

    "They like to believe they are a vital 'partner' of the world wide leader, but the start times of their games, and the move to New Orleans, indicates the true level of this partnership."

    Even if this is true, that BYU is in fact such a smallballer that they have little to no influence, then where does that put a team that has yet to have ESPN arrange a season-opener game in an NFL stadium for a matchup with an SEC powerhouse?

  • Vanceone Provo, UT
    Aug. 29, 2017 10:58 a.m.

    Poor little Utes. Cheer up, you have a game against North Dakota State to prepare for. Hey, you never know--you might get to make history by losing to them! You'd get all the attention you want then, right?

    BYU is maybe going to play LSU; I think that is unlikely unless the weather clears soon. But at least we want to play.

    By the way--this story has what, 33 comments right now? How many do U have on your football team? Looking at the past 24 hours, across the Deseret News, theres a grand total of 9 comments on a Utah story (out of I think 4 Utah stories) in the last 24 hours. And most of them are Utes still trying to say they are better than BYU. What.... insecurity.

  • KimmyP Grantsville, UT
    Aug. 29, 2017 10:34 a.m.

    It is so fun to watch the blue faithful act like ESPN and LSU were going to consult byu regarding where the relocation of the game site.
    They like to believe they are a vital "partner" of the world wide leader, but the start times of their games, and the move to New Orleans, indicates the true level of this partnership. 😂

  • CG Provo, UT
    Aug. 29, 2017 10:20 a.m.

    Sooner Ute

    Utah fans desperately try to minimize BYU's made for television games versus big time programs, but, be honest, when was the last time Utah was invited to play in such a game?

    BYU has been doing this for decades.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 29, 2017 9:24 a.m.

    BYU Joe "BYU is playing LSU in the super dome. That is an NFL stadium and this is not the first or last time BYU has played a big game against a big school in an NFL stadium."
    I hope your enthusiasm rubs off on your fellow fans. It looks like many of them are cranky about the change of venue.

    I am glad the game will be played. It gives Ute fans a chance to see Detmer's offense that "held back" against their FCS opponent to foil LSU's game plan. Wait... do you suppose Detmer will go vanilla against LSU to fool Utah? Tricky!

    Great to see the location is the Super Dome. I know NFL stadiums are important to Cougar fans. Plus it gives BYU players and fans a chance to see the venues where many Utah players play on Sundays.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Aug. 29, 2017 9:20 a.m.

    @WacPad

    BYU's National Championship in football was "Unanimous".
    It was not a split National Title, there was no doubt.

    The 4 NCAA Officially Sanctioned Polls....

    -Coaches
    -Writers-AP
    -NFF
    -NFWA

    And 9 other polls...All voted BYU #1.
    Get over it!

    It came on the heels of a 24 game winning streak over 2 seasons.
    Sixteen players off the '84 team signed NFL contracts. 16!!

    The only people uptight with BYU was Bryant Gumbal, Barry Switzer and some disgruntled U fans who still can't get over it.

    Add the Heisman Trophy a few years later along with Outland, Walker, Maxwell, O'Brien and Baugh Trophies (17 National Awards in all) and a Legendary Hall of Fame Coach, recognized by all for revolutionizing the passing game, and we have the recipe for perpetually apoplectic U fans regarding BYU, Hence Forth & Forever!

    And the U trolls showing up on every BYU article, every single day, proves my point

    No amount of False Bravado, Conference affiliation or Pac11.1 patch, will ever bring Utah Football status equal to BYU as far as Legacy, History and National Brand are concerned.

  • talkinsports Gilbert, AZ
    Aug. 29, 2017 8:25 a.m.

    Tough decision trying to accommodate the most fans who have already purchased tickets, but, looking at the weather reports, I'd say there's only about a 50% chance that the game will actually be played.

    San Antonio or Dallas would have been better choices.

  • Marked it Down Park City, UT
    Aug. 29, 2017 8:22 a.m.

    WACpaddled

    "How many outside of Provo know you actually have one?"

    Most knowledgeable college football fans know that, but regardless, BYU and LSU are both members of a very exclusive group of programs that have won both a National Championship:

    LSU 3
    BYU 1
    Utah 0

    and, a Heisman Trophy

    LSU 1
    BYU 1
    Utah 0

    When it comes to the winning the quintessential team and individual major college football awards, it's easy to see which of the above are big time programs,

    and which is only a pretender.

  • matman Provo, UT
    Aug. 29, 2017 7:59 a.m.

    @WAC

    You must be new to College football. I'm actually not from Provo I went to school at BYU many years ago and I knew they had won in 84. Oh and Detmer won Heisman. It's not rocket science.

    Let me know when U get one please.

  • imdocrob1 Salem, OR
    Aug. 29, 2017 7:18 a.m.

    Sadly I had tickets to the game in Houston but I am not about to go to New Orleans just to be rained on and possibly flooded out.....very stupid decision by ESPN. Of all the choices they had, they picked the worse sight possible. Guess I will fly to Dallas and watch the game from there...so sad!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Aug. 29, 2017 7:10 a.m.

    @ Eagle

    Spot on. There is currently a flash flood watch in effect for Baton Rouge. You think they could have moved it to a better (weather wise) location. What a nightmare trying to get to and from this location.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Aug. 29, 2017 12:16 a.m.

    It seems like heavy rains are heading to this region and new reports that 14 water pumps aren't working. Moving the game there might be a very bad idea.

  • TexasCougar San Antonio, TX
    Aug. 28, 2017 11:33 p.m.

    Soooo, let's move the game from where Harvey has caused so much damage to a place that is about to be flooded by Harvey.

  • BYU Joe MISSION VIEJO, CA
    Aug. 28, 2017 11:17 p.m.

    You can belittle the Y all you want. You can talk about how we don't have the home games and we are a mid major. Fine. But let's get truth out.

    Come Saturday BYU is playing LSU in the super dome. That is an NFL stadium and this is not the first or last time BYU has played a big game against a big school in an NFL stadium. This game is bigger than any Bowl Utah has played in the last five years and we play these games every year.

    We all know Utah is in the PAC 12 - they tell us all the time - but show some class and give it a rest. BYU is playing another big stage game. You don't get those types of games if you don't have some clout. You just don't.

  • CH Cougar PLEASANT GROVE, UT
    Aug. 28, 2017 9:41 p.m.

    Move the game to New Orleans? Dumbest idea ever espn....may get flooded out anyway but at least lsu won't be in danger of losing homefield so if that's the goal great job

  • Gandalph Sandy, UT
    Aug. 28, 2017 9:34 p.m.

    WACpaddled

    The majority of knowledgeable college football fans know that BYU won the 1984 National Championship.

    It's one of those interesting facts that football announcers always mention every time BYU plays a nationally televised game, which occurs frequently every season.

    Saturday's game will be BYU's 2nd such game this season.

  • AZ Ute Scottsdale, AZ
    Aug. 28, 2017 9:31 p.m.

    AZUTE1:

    First you hijack my screen name, now you're embarrassing me. "Irregardless" is not a word. Use "regardless" or "irrespective."

  • Gandalph Sandy, UT
    Aug. 28, 2017 9:22 p.m.

    KimmyP

    Typically clueless comment by a hater.

    It's no secret that LSU is one of the elite programs in college football, but unlike U, BYU does share a common attribute with the Tigers - both are members of the very select group of teams that have won National Championships since 1980.

    The game organizers were simply trying to find an alternative site within reasonable driving distance of the majority of fans that had already purchased tickets for the game.

    The decision had absolutely NOTHING to do with which team is higher in the college football pecking order.

  • Gandalph Sandy, UT
    Aug. 28, 2017 9:05 p.m.

    Sooner Ute

    You're obviously clueless about geography and BYU's fan base.

    Baton Rouge is only two hours from New Orleans, which in the heart of LSU country.

    BYU has a huge fan base in Arizona and is within easy driving distance of Las Vegas, California and the Wasatch Front.

    The only significant BYU fan base near New Orleans is in Texas, at least a 5-hour drive from the Super Dome.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Aug. 28, 2017 9:00 p.m.

    "How many outside of Provo know you actually have one?
    Well there you go, nobody cares. Its known as one of the most undeserved national titles in college sports for a reason."

    0 for 3, I'm afraid. That's par for you, though.

  • WACPaddingOurSchedule pocatello, ID
    Aug. 28, 2017 8:57 p.m.

    matman - Provo, UT
    Aug. 28, 2017 7:49 p.m.
    @AZUte

    No NC for U forever!

    Don't forget to let me know when U win one.
    _____

    How many outside of Provo know you actually have one?
    Well there you go, nobody cares. Its known as one of the most undeserved national titles in college sports for a reason.

  • IQ92 hi, UT
    Aug. 28, 2017 8:31 p.m.

    For Cougs, I tried but couldn't imagine a worse U.S. location and time of year. Bless the hearts of the 500 BYU attending fans. Certainly LSU won't be upset.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    Aug. 28, 2017 8:03 p.m.

    Weige86 - Puncturing puffed up egos and enlarged dreams are too much fun just to root on the Utes. It is an appropriate embarrassment annually for the fans of the TDS after they win the off-season national championship every year.

  • matman Provo, UT
    Aug. 28, 2017 7:49 p.m.

    @AZUte

    No NC for U forever!

    Don't forget to let me know when U win one.

  • KimmyP Grantsville, UT
    Aug. 28, 2017 7:12 p.m.

    @ hi-ya,
    Espn the final say on where the game will be played. They could have settled on Dallas, Orlando, Oklahoma or Provo. Seeing where they decided to play it, and the amount of money they're giving LSU, should let everyone know how byu figures into the equation.

  • Weige86 Roy, UT
    Aug. 28, 2017 6:58 p.m.

    Ute fans go cheer on your team and stop obsessing about BYU

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Aug. 28, 2017 6:15 p.m.

    Irregardless of location, byu gets utterly smashed, period, and will so each of the ensuing 2 weeks, period.

    Midmajor forever.

    Go Utes!

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 28, 2017 5:58 p.m.

    hi-ya "the idea was for this to be at a neutral site… Sorry its not."
    Cougar fans insist that last year's Arizona game was a neutral site game. Its about the same distance between LSU-Superdome and Arizona-Phoenix. Every neutral site game has been closer to the P5 school than to BYU.

    Why so worried about a neutral site game? Houston would have had many more LSU fans than BYU fans.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Aug. 28, 2017 5:57 p.m.

    BYU got a fantastic draw. Going from one NFL stadium to another. Lots of respect from ESPN to schedule at another huge venue.

    I have to admit, playing at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans sounds a whole lot cooler than NRG stadium in Houston.

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 28, 2017 5:44 p.m.

    Showdown ? This is going to be a battle royale between two college football super powers.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 28, 2017 5:30 p.m.

    So, are the tickets refundable?
    And how do we purchase tickets to the Superdome?

  • BlueCoug Provo, UT
    Aug. 28, 2017 5:25 p.m.

    Praying for the victims of the Houston flooding.

    I think it would be a great idea for BYU and Houston to sponsor a joint clean up effort in Houston when the time is right.

    As for the game:

    Very excited to watch BYU play the Tigers in what is now very much a home game for LSU.

  • hi-ya Murray, UT
    Aug. 28, 2017 5:24 p.m.

    I thought this move was all about the weather??? New Orleans is expecting 10 inches in rain and a system that is only 70 percent effective at removing water in the city. And ALL of BYU will be flying into a storm system that is no way near leaving the area of impact. (Trying to keep BYU fans away?) Humm… Is it really about by-passing the weather or is there another reason??? I think the idea was for this to be at a neutral site… Sorry its not. In the infinite wisdom of the Money Bags who control the world… of course they would lean to the urgings of LSU and moved it to the Super Dome… Thats a tough drive from Baton Rouge to New Orleans (snicker)… It's about the same distance one would drive if it was a HOME game. But here is the kicker, why didn't they hold the game in Death Valley. I mean, when BYU surprises the heck out of the Tigers and skins them alive, might as well have added meaning to it, by doing it in Death Valley. But I have an idea for the Lily Tigers, move the game to Baton Rouge High School, across the street from LSU and lets still call it an away game, because everyone knows that LSU turns into pussy cats if they can't play within 400 miles of their home.

  • ERB Eagle Mountain, UT
    Aug. 28, 2017 5:16 p.m.

    I hope the airlines work with the people who had already bought tickets to Houston. Considering the airport is closed there I would think they would more than they usually do. Good luck to the Cougs!