LSU tried to make the game happen. They offered up their stadium, secured hotels in Baton Rouge, and even offered an LSU plane for the Florida Gators to get there. However, Florida officials decided on Wednesday to say the game would go on as scheduled. Now, the SEC has decided the game isn’t going to be played in Gainesville or anywhere else this weekend — it is officially being postponed.
From SEC Sports:
“We had a very productive phone call today with a great spirit of cooperation between the universities’ presidents and athletics directors and it became clear that the University of Florida could neither host nor travel to a game this weekend considering the circumstances,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “The developments of the hurricane in the last 24 hours, the projected magnitude of its impact and the unknown aftermath of this storm have resulted in this decision to seek another date to play the LSU-Florida game. We have to be sensitive to the possible imminent disruption to the state of Florida and in particular the Gainesville and surrounding area.”
Now here’s the tricky part. Since they won’t be playing this weekend, the statement says they will try to play this game later on in the season if possible. The teams do not have a common off weekend for the rest of the season. However, both teams play FCS opponents on November 19th, so they could just cancel those games to get together.
What happens if the teams can’t agree? Well, the game wouldn’t be made under this current situation. Both teams sit at 2-1 in SEC play. If both of them were to win out and finish SEC play at 6-1, they would not have a better winning percentage than a 7-1 team, even if they’d beaten that squad, so the 7-1 team would get the nod to go to Atlanta to play for the SEC championship. I’m rooting for anarchy, and for this to happen..
[via SEC Sports]
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