Houston, LSU to kick off college football season at NRG Stadium in 2027


(SportsRadio 610) - UH and LSU will kick off the 2027 college football season at NRG stadium as part of the Texas Kickoff.

The Labor Day weekend game is scheduled to air on an ESPN Network.

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The Texas Kickoff matchup between the Cougars and Tigers will be the first meeting in 27 years, when the Cougars fell 28-13 on Sept. 9, 2000.

LSU leads the all-time series 2-1 with the Cougars lone victory coming in 1999, when the Cougars outlasted the Tigers 20-7 in Baton Rouge.

The general manager of Lone Star Sports and Entertainment, David Fletcher, has helped lead the charge to help continue the kickoff series which has routinely boasted some of the top ranked programs in college football over the years.

“Great regional rivalries, new and old, are part of what makes college football special, and we are thrilled to announce this 2027 matchup between the University of Houston and LSU, two outstanding programs that mean so much to the Houston area,” said Fletcher. “This event will bring fans together around an elite early-season Big 12 versus SEC showdown, and we anticipate a truly electric atmosphere at NRG Stadium.”

Attendance for the Texas Kickoff has averaged 52,000 fans over the course of the last 8 games at NRG Stadium.

Vice President for Athletics at the University of Houston, Chris Pezman, is excited about the stature of the matchup because of what the 2027 season could look like and mean for the athletic department in the future, as UH will officially begin play within the BIG 12 conference beginning with the 2023 college football season.

"2027 is the 100th anniversary of our university,” Pezman said. "The chance to start the season playing LSU in a true neutral site game at NRG here in town for a game we don’t have to return is a great way to begin the year."

Shaun Bijani has spent the last 16 years covering the Houston sports scene for SportsRadio 610. Follow him on Twitter @ShaunBijani.

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