LSU-Florida game rescheduled after Hurricane Matthew postponement

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The LSU-Florida football game has been rescheduled for Nov. 19 in Baton Rouge, the SEC announced Thursday.

The game, which was scheduled to be played Oct. 8 in Gainesville, Fla., was postponed because of Hurricane Matthew.

"It was important for us to come to a resolution. Each university had its own set of concerns throughout this process, however existing SEC regulations did not provide an avenue to resolve conflicting issues in a more timely manner," SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. "As I have repeatedly said, this game needed to be played. In the end, I want to give credit to the University of Florida for making concessions to move this year's game to Baton Rouge."

Since the game became a home game at Tiger Stadium for LSU, the teams agreed to play the 2017 contest in Gainesville, which was originally scheduled to be played in Baton Rouge. 

LSU is already scheduled to play on the road the week before and after Nov. 19. Playing the game in Gainesville would have meant the Tigers would have finished their season by playing three consecutive road games.

Had the game not been rescheduled, Florida and LSU would have been ineligible to compete for the SEC title this season, according to the conference's statement.

Florida is 2-1 this season in the SEC, 4-1 overall. They are second in the SEC East standings, only behind the Tennessee Volunteers. The Volunteers beat the Gators earlier in the season. If the Gators moved ahead of the Vols in the standings without playing their full conference schedule, it would have hurt the integrity of the conference.

LSU is also 2-1 in the SEC and 3-2 overall, putting the Tigers in fourth place in the SEC West.

LSU was originally scheduled to play South Alabama on Nov. 19. Florida was scheduled to host Presbyterian on the same day. LSU and Florida bought out those games by exercising cancelation clauses for those games, according to the SEC.

The Gators lost two home games because of the postponement and cancelation, which equates to to about $7.8 million in projected revenue from ticket sales alone, according to the AP.

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