After the postponement of their matchup on Saturday, both LSU and Florida have declined each other’s plan for a solution to rescheduling the game.
A contest of wills is taking place between the University of Florida and Louisiana State University in regards to the football game between the Gators and Tigers. Thanks to Hurricane Matthew, the annual showdown between the two teams, which was scheduled for Saturday, October 8 in Gainesville, has been canceled.
LSU reportedly offered to host the game at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge and pay for the Gators’ planes, busses, and lodging, but the Florida athletic department declined the offer. Playing a “home game” against LSU in Death Valley isn’t exactly a thing that a school would like to do, even though a precedent was set just last year as South Carolina, which had major flooding in the Columbia area, agreed to play LSU in Baton Rouge.
Florida offered to move the game to November 19, when both teams have a non-conference matchup – Florida vs. Presbyterian and LSU vs. South Alabama – but, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, LSU refused. For the Tigers to cancel South Alabama, they’d have to fork over a healthy amount of money to buy the Jaguars out – around $1.5 million – plus would be forgoing a home game, meaning a weekend’s worth of revenue would be lost for both the university and local businesses.
Whatever decision is made, it could have big implications on the division races for both the SEC East and West.