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LSU-BYU to Kickoff at 8:30 p.m. CT on ESPN

LSU-BYU to Kickoff at 8:30 p.m. CT on ESPN

BATON ROUGE — The 2017 LSU Football season opener against BYU in Houston, Texas, will kickoff Sept. 2 at 8:30 p.m. CT on ESPN, the Southeastern Conference and ESPN announced Thursday.

The 2017 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff, which kicks off in exactly 100 days, will be the first meeting on the gridiron between the Tigers and Cougars.

LSU Head Coach Ed Orgeron will begin his first full season at the helm in Baton Rouge after taking over midway through 2016 and finishing with a 6-2 record including a Citrus Bowl victory.

The Tigers opened the 2014 season with a 28-24 victory over Wisconsin in Houston’s NRG Stadium and wrapped up the 2015 season in the venue with a decisive 56-27 win over Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl.

NRG Stadium, which opened in 2002, features a retractable roof that has been closed for both of LSU’s appearances in the 71,795-seat arena.

At this time, tickets in LSU’s sections of NRG Stadium and reserved parking are available to LSU football season ticket holders starting at $40. Season ticket holders are encouraged to login to reserve seats by May 31.

If LSU’s 25,000-ticket allotment is not sold out to season ticket holders and students, these would go on sale to the general publish in mid-June on

The SEC also announced kickoff times for five other neutral-site games scheduled for the opening weekend of the college football season. Below is the full SEC football schedule for Aug. 31-Sept. 4, 2017.

SEC Football Opening Weekend – Aug. 31 – Sept. 4, 2017
All Times Central

Thursday, Aug. 31
7 p.m. – Florida A&M at Arkansas (in Little Rock, Ark.), SEC Network

Saturday, Sept. 2
2 p.m. – South Carolina vs. NC State (in Charlotte, N.C.), ESPN
2:30 p.m. – Florida vs. Michigan (in Arlington, Texas), ABC
3 p.m. – Kentucky at Southern Miss, CBS Sports Network
5:15 p.m. – Appalachian St. at Georgia, ESPN
7 p.m. – Alabama vs. Florida State (Chick-fil-A Kickoff in Atlanta), ABC
7 p.m. – Vanderbilt at Middle Tennessee, CBS Sports Network
8:30 p.m. – LSU vs. BYU (AdvoCare Texas Kickoff in Houston, Texas), ESPN
TBD – Georgia Southern at Auburn
TBD – South Alabama at Ole Miss
TBD – Charleston Southern at Mississippi St.
TBD – Missouri St. at Missouri

Sunday, Sept. 3
6:30 p.m. – Texas A&M at UCLA, FOX

Monday, Sept. 4
7 p.m. – Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech (Chick-fil-A Kickoff in Atlanta, Ga.), ESPN