BYU football’s Independent status comes with its perks — one being the opportunity to schedule LSU in the Houston Texans’ stadium for the 2017 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff game.
#LSU will open the 2017 season against BYU in the @TexasKickoff. http://t.co/7IrIJmej7I pic.twitter.com/NiYkynDxJC
— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) January 8, 2015
LSU is the 17th Power 5 opponent BYU will face in the next five years, according to Greg Wrubell.
Updated P5 scheduling chart for BYU: pic.twitter.com/DocuygnVtc
— Greg Wrubell (@gregwrubell) January 8, 2015
“We are excited about the opportunity to return to Houston for the 2017 season opener against BYU,” LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva said.
In the past, The AdvoCare Texas Kickoff game has hosted the likes of Mississippi, Wisconsin and Oklahoma.
“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,” BYU Head Football Coach Bronco Mendenhall said in a press release. “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.”
The Tigers have been to 46 bowl games and won national championships in 1958, 2003 and 2007. BYU bowl appearances total 33, with one national championship in 1984.
“We look forward to hosting these two great football programs and their passionate fan bases,” Houston Texans and Lone Star Sports and Entertainment President Jamey Rootes said. “This game reinforces the reputation that Houston and NRG Stadium have earned as a premier destination for college football.”