Florida and LSU will not be playing this weekend.
The Florida-LSU game has been cancelled. The game will likely not be made up.
This comes as a result of Hurricane Matthew approaching - and expected to hit - Florida and the rest of the East Coast in the coming days. The Category 4 hurricane is expected to be the most-devastating hurricane to hit Florida since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
From the school:
The LSU-Florida football game scheduled for Saturday in Gainesville has been postponed due to Hurricane Matthew, it was announced Thursday. The universities and the SEC Office will work to reschedule the game later in the 2016 season if possible.
“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.”
At this time the schools do not have a common open date on which to reschedule the game, so the schools and SEC Office will make every effort to find a scheduling solution with the possible movement of other games on the schools’ schedules.
The fact that Florida and LSU will likely not be making up this game is pretty puzzling.
Neither team is expected to compete for an SEC championship at this point (Tennessee is the clear favorite in the East and the Tigers almost certainly won't be winning the West), but you would think they would at least want to play a major conference game.
Florida and LSU were scheduled to kick off at noon on Saturday.