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In this aerial photo, businesses and neighborhoods near Addicks Reservoir are flooded by rain from Tropical Storm Harvey Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) ORG XMIT: TXDP187

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LSU football stands with Texas.

Ahead of LSU’s season opener against BYU on Saturday, the football team released a video with some of its Texas players offering words of encouragement to those experiencing the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey.

“To all my Houston people, know I’m with you and that the LSU football family, we are all with you right now,” LSU junior offensive tackle Toby Weathersby said in the video. “I know everything is not going as planned and everyone is struggling right now, and I just want y’all to know that we got y’all and we’re keeping y’all in our prayers.”

Weathersby said earlier this week that he had thought about traveling to Houston, where his mother and grandparents live, and that he and other Houston-area natives on the team have been checking in with each other.

“To the people of Texas…We stand with you,” the official LSU football account tweeted on Wednesday morning, along with the video. “The Tigers will be playing for you on Saturday night.”

Saturday’s game was originally scheduled to be played in Houston, but ESPN announced Monday that it would be relocated to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Game officials plan to partner with the Red Cross for a fundraising event on Saturday.