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Report: NRG Stadium to hold 2019 nonconference game between Washington State, Houston

NFL action is seen from the end zone of NRG stadium in a general stadium view during a regular season Week 8 NFL football game between the Miami Dolphins and the Houston Texans on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, in Houston. (Matt Patterson / AP)

NRG Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Houston Texans, will host Washington State and the University of Houston for the 2019 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff game, according to a report from FOX 26 KRIV in Houston.

The Cougars will play the Cougars on Friday Sept. 13, 2019, for the sixth installment of the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff, which has been held every season since 2013. WSU and Houston were originally scheduled to play on the UH campus at TDECU Stadium.

A 2018 meeting between the Pac-12 Cougars and the American Athletic Conference Cougars might be more riveting than one a year later. Both teams are currently ranked inside the top 20 of the Associated Press Top 25, WSU at No. 10 and Houston at No. 17.

Additionally, WSU and Houston account for three of the 20 players who were named Maxwell Award semifinalists on Monday. WSU quarterback Gardner Minshew, Houston quarterback D’Eriq King and Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver were all included on the list. There’s a good chance two of those players won’t be around for the 2019 game. Minshew is a senior who’s finishing up his last year of college eligibility and Oliver, as a junior, is widely expected to be one of the first picks of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Previously, the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff has featured Oklahoma State versus Mississippi State (2013), LSU versus Wisconsin (2014), Texas A&M versus Arizona State (2015), Houston versus Oklahoma (2016), LSU versus BYU (2017) and Ole Miss versus Texas Tech (2018).

WSU’s 2019 nonconference schedule also includes home games against New Mexico State, on Aug. 31, and Northern Colorado, on Sept. 7.