Reschedul­ing Flor­dia-LSU game to be prob­lem­atic for SEC

The Standard Journal - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL -

GAINESVILLE, Fla. ( AP) — Reschedul­ing the LSU-Florida game might not be as easy as it seems for the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence.

The SEC post­poned the game sched­uled for Oct. 7 be­cause of Hur­ri­cane Matthew, which was bear­ing down on Oct. 6 on Florida's east coast. The league said it will work with both uni­ver­si­ties to resched­ule the game later in the sea­son, if pos­si­ble.

The schools have dif­fer­ent opin­ions on how it should be han­dled, and ul­ti­mately the league will de­cide.

The 18th-ranked Ga­tors (4-1, 2-1 SEC) ideally would like to play the game Nov. 19 in Gainesville, a sce­nario that doesn't seem very at­trac­tive for the Tigers.

Florida and LSU each play non­con­fer­ence games at home that Satur­day and would need to buy out those op­po­nents, South Alabama for the Tigers and Pres­by­te­rian for the Ga­tors. LSU (3-2, 2-1) would be on the hook for $1.5 mil­lion to South Alabama, and Florida would have to pay $500,000 to Pres­by­te­rian of the Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship Sub­di­vi­sion.

Do­ing that would mean the Tigers would end the reg­u­lar sea­son with three con­sec­u­tive road games — against Arkansas (Nov. 12), Florida (Nov. 19) and Texas A&M (Nov. 24). The Tigers are likely to push for a can­cel­la­tion of the game. The SEC has an in­sur­ance pol­icy to cover this.

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