Bayou Bengal Briefing: What are LSU’s options if it can’t play in Houston on Saturday?


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Houston might be a problem

LSU is supposed to play its season opener against BYU this Saturday in Houston. But there’s a problem. As Louisiana residents and LSU fans everywhere can relate to, Houston is battling a once-in-a-generation climate disaster right now, as Tropical Storm Harvey is expected to drop around 50 inches of rain on Texas over the coming days.

To put that in perspective, the peak accumulation in the 2016 Louisiana floods was about 32 inches.

First and foremost, let’s remember that football should rank pretty low on the list of priorities right now. The people of Texas need help, and if you feel so inclined, you can do your part by following this link.

But, seeing as this is a football column, we do have to address the issue at hand. And as it stands, LSU athletic director Joe Alleva is “almost certain” LSU versus BYU will not be played in Houston. With that in mind, here are a couple of other options:

New Orleans: The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is available and has made its availability known to the game organizers. This is the most logical place to put the game, but ESPN and The Advocare Kickoff might be reticent to put the game in a city that will so heavily favor LSU.

Baton Rouge or Provo: LSU’s home and BYU’s home will both be available. Again, this decision is up to ESPN and the Advocare Kickoff crew. But neither stadium will be in use with its occupants scheduled to be elsewhere.

Cotton Bowl: AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, might be occupied Saturday, but Dallas’ other mega football stadium, the Cotton Bowl, should be vacant. Plus, wouldn’t it just be perfect circumstance for LSU and Florida to be in the same city because of a hurricane, again?

Another NFL stadium: NFL stadiums such as Soldier Field in Chicago, Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Nissan Stadium in Nashville, EverBank Stadium in Jacksonville and the America’s Center Dome in St. Louis are all available. If organizers are trying to be as neutral as possible, these locations might be options.

Your weekly LSU football poll question

Time to put on your prognosticator’s cap. Where do you think LSU versus BYU will take place? A decision could be made anytime Monday, so be sure to get your votes in early. We’ll recap your answers in the Bayou Bengal Briefing on Tuesday.

Elsewhere on SEC Country

Don’t forget that we here at SEC Country have a brand new LSU podcast that runs five days a week. It’s called “One Team, One Podcast” and is hosted by Carter Bryant. New episodes go live every weekday morning at 9 a.m. CT. You can find a link to all of the episodes here.

The guest for Monday is none other than yours truly. If the Bayou Bengal Briefing isn’t enough Nick in your life, be sure to check out my conversation with Carter. You won’t be sorry.

Checkin’ in with the ‘croots

Just because game week is here doesn’t mean the game of recruiting has to come to an end. As always, SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman has all the updates you need in the world of LSU football recruiting. Here are a couple of links from the weekend you might’ve missed:

Your weekly non-revenue LSU sports recap

LSU sports broke out to a dazzling start over the weekend, as the soccer and volleyball teams represented the Tigers nicely at home and on the road. Here are the scores you might’ve missed:

  • LSU soccer improved to 3-0 on the young season with a 2-0 win against Lamar on Friday night. Junior Alex Thomas and freshman Dana Reid both scored first-half goals, both of which were their respective second of the season, to put LSU ahead. Keeper Caroline Brockmeier came away with 4 saves.
  • LSU’s volleyball team swept three matches in the USF Invitational over the weekend to open its season. The Tigers only dropped 2 of the 11 sets they played, both coming against Northwestern in a match where they had to rally from 2 sets down and win 3 straight sets to remain undefeated.

Good reads

There were not one but two pretty cool longer LSU stories here on SEC Country on Sunday. You should check both of them out:

  • In one, Alex Hickey took a deep dive into the last year of Christian LaCouture’s life. The LSU defensive end had been through a lot, from tearing his ACL to lying helpless as his family’s home flooded to deciding to come back for a fifth season in Baton Rouge. It’s definitely worth a read.
  • Additionally, Andrew Astleford spoke to big-name LSU alums Michael Clayton, Matt Mauck and Justin Vincent about their time with coaches Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher to preview their matchup this weekend. If you need a trip down memory lane to remember how good that 2003 team was, be sure to give the story a read.

Today in arbitrary anniversaries

On this date 54 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famed “I Have A Dream Speech.” So, it’s as good as a time as ever to go back and re-listen to his words and remember what he represented:

If rock n’ roll history is more your thing, Monday also is the 52-year anniversary of Bob Dylan’s first full electric show after being booed off stage at the Newport Folk Festival. So, here’s a Bob Dylan song too:

Hopefully, that’s enough 1960s nostalgia for one day.

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