Rescheduling Flordia-LSU game to be problematic for SEC
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.