NSU reschedules missed football game

Nicholls officially has its 11th game lined up for the 2012 season.

They just hope circumstances dictate that they’ll be playing a playoff game instead.

The Colonels’ athletic department announced this week that the team’s game against Oregon State has officially been rescheduled for Dec. 1.

The game, which was postponed because of Hurricane Isaac, will only be played if both the Colonels fail to reach the Football Bowl Subdivision Playoffs and the Beavers fail to reach the PAC-12 Championship Game.

The Oregon State game was initially scheduled to be played Sept. 1 – the season-opening weekend for both teams.

But the game couldn’t be played at that time because of Isaac, which wiped away the Colonels’ preparation time and also made travel difficult.

The postponement of the game marked the sixth time since 2004 that a Nicholls State game had to be altered because of a hurricane.

If played, it would mark the first time that a game is rescheduled and played at a later date.

Despite rescheduling, neither team truly wants to be available on Dec. 1.

The Colonels hope to turn their season around in Southland Conference play and push for a postseason bid – their second in school history.

If they do, they would be forced to cancel the game and play their opening round playoff game.

On the other side of the spectrum, the Beavers want to cancel the game because doing so would mean they are the PAC-12 North Division Champions.

Oregon State has proven this season that it can compete with the best teams in the country.

They already have a 10-7 victory against then-No. 13 Wisconsin under their belts.

But to win the PAC-12 North, the Beavers would have to outlast Oregon and Stanford – two teams expected to be among the best in the country throughout the season.

If the game is played, it will be televised live on the PAC-12 Network.

Kickoff would be scheduled for 1:30 p.m.