Hurricane Harvey is currently causing catastrophic flooding in the Houston area and as of Tuesday morning at least 14 people were feared dead.
USA Today reported Tuesday morning that Harvey, now a tropical storm, had already dumped 49 inches of rain in the Houston area and was expected to continue to drop up to another foot of water. Citing The Weather Channel, the report stated "an average of 26 inches of rain has fallen in Harris County, where Houston is located." USA Today also noted that some isolated areas on the coast could accumulate 50 or more total inches of rain.
The scenes from the devastation are frightening at best, but the worst of times often brings out the best in people. Crowdfunding efforts have crashed websites as they total millions of dollars in donations and groups like the Houston athletics program are solicitating donations of clothing for those in need.
In times of trouble, an escape is often needed, and that's exactly what sports provides.
The college football world is stepping up to ensure football games scheduled in the path of Harvey will indeed be played, even if some rescheduling needs to happen.
Here's a look at the games that have been affected by the storms, and when/where they will be played.
Relocated to Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans (originally scheduled to be played at NRG Stadium in Houston)
Kickoff: Saturday, Sept. 2; 9:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Originally scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 27, at Bowers Stadium in Huntsville, Texas, the FCS game was postponed and has been moved to Friday, Sept. 1 in Waco, Texas at McLane Stadium, home of the Baylor Bears.
Kickoff: Friday, Sept. 1; 7 p.m. ET
Prairie View A&M at Texas Southern (Postponed)
The FCS matchup scheduled for Saturday in Houston has been postponed until Thanksgiving week, with a game date and time to be announced. The game will be played at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Kickoff: TBA (Thanksgiving Week)
The Houston Cougars relocated their football operations to Austin before the storm hit in anticipation of their season opener at UTSA. Houston's A.D. Hunter Yurachek told USA Today that Baylor, TCU and SMU had also offered assistance.
While the game was initially expected to be played as scheduled on Saturday, the game has now been postponed.
The McNeese-Nicholls season-opening Southland Conference matchup is expected to be played as scheduled Thursday night in Thibodaux, LA, despite the threat of heavy rain in Louisiana. McNeese has been making use of indoor facilities at Louisiana-Lafayette to practice.
Kickoff: Thursday, Aug. 31; 7:05 p.m. ET (ESPN3)
Rice football disrupted
The Rice Owls opened the season in Week 0 against Stanford in Australia, and have obviously faced some trouble getting home to Houston. The Owls have set up shop in Fort Worth, Texas thanks to TCU, and are scheduled to resume practicing on Wednesday. Rice is off until traveling to UTEP for a Sept. 9 matchup. The Owls also received aid offers from Baylor and SMU.
This post will be updated if further news breaks.