LSU Football: Moving game against Missouri instead of postponing until November is the right move

LSU football RB John Emery (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
LSU football RB John Emery (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /

LSU football’s game against the Missouri Tigers has been moved to Faurot Field.

2020 is already extremely weird, so why not add LSU football playing a home game at Missouri to the mix.

LSU learned — officially — on Tuesday that its matchup against Missouri on Saturday has been moved to Faurot Field in Columbia. The game will kick off at 11:00 AM CT/12:00 PM ET.

The matchup with Missouri is being moved due to Hurricane Delta, which is expected to hit Southeast Louisiana on Friday.

According to The Advocate’s Brooks Kubena, several neutral site options, including Houston, Dallas, and Shreveport, were discussed before settling on Faurot Field.

This is the fourth time in the last six seasons that LSU has had a game moved because of a hurricane/tropical storm.

LSU football and Missouri could’ve been played later this year

LSU and Missouri could’ve played later this season in Baton Rouge.

The two programs share a bye week in November. It would’ve been simple to just postponed the game until and give each team a bye week this week.

But that would’ve been a massive mistake.

In a “normal” year, moving the game to November would’ve been a no-brainer.

But this is far from a normal year.

In a season where a game can be canceled at a moment’s notice, it’s best to play if at all possible. That’s because there’s a reasonably high chance that at least one SEC game gets postponed this season due to COVID-19. And if/when that happens, the SEC will need to quickly figure out a way to adjust schedules. The more open weeks available the better.

Since there’s not much of a home-field advantage this year, it makes sense to just move the game to Missouri and keep that bye week open in case it’s needed as a makeup game.

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Hopefully, LSU (or any other programs) won’t need to reschedule any games because of COVID-19. But it’s best to always be prepared. Especially in the midst of a pandemic.