Saturday’s Florida-LSU game has been cancelled on account of Hurricane Matthew; conference officials hope it can be rescheduled.
A big SEC matchup will not be played, as Hurricane Matthew has forced LSU and Florida to cancel Saturday’s game in Gainesville.
The hurricane is causing massive evacuations along the Eastern seaboard, and the SEC made the call on Thursday afternoon to not go with the game as scheduled.
“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.”
The two schools do not have a common open date available, though both face non-conference opponents on November 19 – Florida against Presbyterian and LSU against South Alabama. The schools will have to figure out how to handle those two games for a possible rescheduled game to occur.