Football to Open 2017 Against BYU in Houston
Assoc. Athletic Director/Communications
BATON ROUGE – LSU will open the 2017 football season on Saturday, Sept. 2, against BYU in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, the schools announced Thursday.
It will mark LSU’s second appearance in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff and will be the first meeting between the Tigers and BYU on the gridiron.
“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.”
In 2014, the Tigers scored 15 fourth quarter points to come from behind to beat Wisconsin, 28-24, in front of a sellout crowd of 71,599 in NRG Stadium. That game was LSU’s first contest in Houston in 30 years and it also marked largest crowd for a college football game in NRG Stadium history.
LSU-BYU matchup in 2017 will follow Texas A&M-Arizona State in 2015 and Oklahoma-Houston in 2016.
“We are thrilled to announce that LSU and BYU will be competing in the 2017 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff game at NRG Stadium to open the college football season,” said Jamey Rootes, President of the Houston Texans and Lone Star Sports & Entertainment. “We look forward to hosting these two great football programs and their passionate fan bases for what has become a Labor Day weekend tradition in Houston. This game reinforces the reputation that Houston and NRG Stadium have earned as a premier destination for college football.”
The 2017 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff will mark the fifth year of an eight-year agreement between Lone Star Sports & Entertainment and ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, to bring a top college football game to NRG Stadium during the Labor Day weekend to start the college football season.
“We continue to be pleased with the growth of the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff,” said Pete Derzis, Sr. Vice President, ESPN Events. “Both teams have a great fan following and rich history, which will continue to bring a high level of interest to our game.”