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The Oregon State Beavers football schedule was altered due to Hurricane Isaac, but the Pac-12 squad has now decided on a new date for their rescheduled game against FCS opponent Nicholls State. The game was supposed to be the season-opener for both teams.
Nicholls State -- located in lovely Thibodaux, La. -- was originally supposed to host the game, but it's instead rescheduled to be played in Oregon on the first of December. The Associated Press reports that both teams have contingency plans in place, however, if the outcome of that game would alter either team's postseason possibilities.
Both schools agreed to the rescheduled game at Reser Stadium. However, there is a mutual understanding that the game won't be played if Oregon State is in the Pac-12 championship game or Nicholls State qualifies for the NCAA FCS playoffs.
It would be odd if this game was cancelled after being scheduled to be played in two different states in two different months, but it isn't hard to understand why the teams would decide not to play the game if it could hurt their chance at playing in the postseason.
The LSU Tigers will open their 2012 season as planned when they face the North Texas Mean Green in Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday. Weather conditions brought on by Hurricane Isaac had forced the university to consider delaying the contest, but the game will be played as scheduled.
LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva implied that the game would have been difficult to reschedule when making the announcement:
"Our options are limited as far as opportunities to play this game and there was minimal damage to the stadium, so we are proceeding with the season opener on Saturday night," Alleva said. "We understand there are portions of the state that are still recovering from the storm and there may be some fans that cannot, for various reasons, make it to Tiger Stadium. We wish those people and everyone adversely affected by the storm our best wishes for a full recovery."
The game will be played at 6 p.m. on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.
The Oregon St. Beavers will not play their season opener against Nicholls State due to Hurricane Isaac.
Nicholls State is located in Thibodaux, Louisiana, which is located pretty close to the path that Isaac might tread. The campus is currently closed and it's unlikely that the team would be able to reconvene on campus in time for the scheduled Friday charter flight to Oregon. Obviously the safety of the student-athletes and the city of Thibodaux takes a much larger priority over Saturday's football contest.
Since Oregon State and Nicholls State have their bye weeks on different occasions, the only chance the two teams will have for a rematch will be on December 1st. Oregon State wouldn't be able to play this contest if they were eligible for the Pac-12 Championship Game. Considering they are picked by the majority of college football experts to finish last in their division, it's likely that this contest will probably happen on that date in Corvallis.
Other games postponed include Texas A&M vs. Louisiana Tech's in Shreveport, Louisiana and South Alabama vs. UTSA in Mobile.
Despite Hurricane Isaac slamming the city of New Orleans with sever weather, Saturday's season-opening contest between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Tulane Green Wave at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is expected to go on as planned. The updated was provided by Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti, who told the Star-Ledgers' Tom Lucci.
A final update should come later Wednesday night, around 9 p.m. ET, as Pernetti is expected to talk again with Tulane athletic director Rick Dickson. But as of 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, the current 8:03 p.m. ET kickoff time will stay.
"I've been talking to Rick pretty frequently," Pernetti said. "I spoke to him just a little while ago and as of right now nothing has changed. Rick and I did talk about how it would be important to have a decision -- if something is going to change -- as soon as possible. But they've got all hands on deck between the Superdome and the energy company down and the city and the hotels. They feel comfortable right now with where they are."
According to nola.com, the Superdome hasn't sustained any major interior or exterior damage from the storm.
"Overall, we seemed to fair very well," Thornton said. "Nothing that can't be repaired pretty quickly or that will prevent us from playing the Tulane game this weekend."
For more on Rutgers football, check out the SB Nation blog On The Banks.
Storms from the hurricane that made landfall Wednesday forced LSU to miss a day of practice before their Saturday home opener vs. North Texas.
With Hurricane Isaac postponing the Week 1 game between the Texas A&M Aggies and Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, both teams were fortunate to have the same bye week to be able to reschedule the game on Oct. 13, 2012.
For Louisiana Tech, the luck extends to the fact that the rescheduled game will be sandwiched between home games against the UNLV Rebels and Idaho Vandals, who went a combined 4-20 last year. Neither team should pose a threat to the Bulldogs, who are considered one of the top non-BCS teams in the country this year.
Texas A&M, however, will have a much tougher road than the Bulldogs. Their trip to Oxford, Miss., to take on the Mississippi Rebels the week before doesn't figure to pose too stiff a challenge, but the Aggies will follow their matchup with Louisiana Tech by welcoming in the LSU Tigers to College Station. Having that extra week to prepare for the national-title hopeful Bayou Bengals would have been big for new A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin.
Both teams' revised schedules are below:
Sept. 8 vs. Florida Gators
Sept. 15 at SMU Mustangs
Sept. 22 vs. South Carolina St. Bulldogs
Sept. 29 vs. Arkansas Razorbacks
Oct. 6 at Mississippi Rebels
Oct. 13 at Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Oct. 20 vs. LSU Tigers
Oct. 27 at Auburn Tigers
Nov. 3 at Mississippi St. Bulldogs
Nov. 10 at Alabama Crimson Tide
Nov. 17 vs Sam Houston St. Bearkats
Nov. 24 vs. Missouri Tigers
Sept. 8 at Houston Cougars
Sept. 15 vs. Rice Owls
Sept. 22 at Illinois Fighting Illini
Sept. 29 at Virginia Cavaliers
Oct. 6 vs. UNLV Rebels
Oct. 13 vs. Texas A&M Aggies
Oct. 20 vs. Idaho Vandals
Oct. 27 at New Mexico St. Aggies
Nov. 3 vs. Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners
Nov. 10 at Texas St. Bobcats
Nov. 17 vs. Utah St. Aggies
Nov. 24 at San Jose St. Spartans
For more on Aggies football, visit SEC blog Team Speed Kills.
Louisiana Tech announced via their Twitter feed that their Week 1 game against Texas A&M has been postponed due to concerns over Hurricane Isaac.
The game was scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 30, but with Isaac strengthening in the Gulf of Mexico, officials for both schools decided to err on the side of caution and postpone the game as Louisiana prepares for a direct strike from Isaac.
Louisiana Tech was considered a trendy upset pick against Texas A&M in Week 1, as the Aggies transition from the Big XII to the SEC under new coach Kevin Sumlin.
This is the second game that has been postponed due to Hurricane Isaac, with the game between UT-San Antonio and South Alabama being pushed back from Thursday to Saturday.
The game has been rescheduled for Saturday, Oct 13.
One game from college football's opening weekend has already been rescheduled, with perhaps more on the way. Other teams in the region have had to adjust their practice plans.