BATON ROUGE, La. (WATE) – The Southeastern Conference announced Thursday the LSU vs. Florida game, postponed last Saturday due to Hurricane Matthew, will be rescheduled for Saturday, November 19, in Baton Rouge.
The game was originally scheduled to be played in Gainesville, but was moved to Baton Rouge to prevent LSU from playing too many road games in a row. Had the game not been rescheduled, Florida and LSU would both have been ineligible to compete for the SEC title, according to a press release from the conference.
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SEC officials have also established an expectation for policies to be revised concerning completing postponed or interrupted games.
“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. “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.”
LSU was originally scheduled to play South Alabama on November 19, while Florida was scheduled to host Presbyterian. Both teams will exercise cancellation clauses for those games.