Florida is facing a lot of criticism for canceling their game with LSU after Hurricane Matthew was projected to hit the state this weekend. As we all know the hurricane missed Florida and hit South Carolina instead. Florida AD Jeremy Foley played SEC Commissioner Mike Slive and the game got canceled instead of moved to a later date. The Gators have an outside shot to win the SEC East after losing to Tennessee two weeks ago but will need the Vols to lose two games. By canceling the LSU game Foley dodged a bullet by not having a play a good LSU team that was favored to win in Gainesville today.
Louisiana Senator David Vitters got involved to try to help the Tigers earlier this week by sending a letter to Florida Governor Rick Scott.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 6, 2016
In 2005 Louisiana was hit by Hurricane Rita. LSU was scheduled to play Tennessee that Saturday but then SEC Commissioner Mike Slive worked with both schools to get the game moved to the following Monday night. Both teams were in the top ten and LSU lost in overtime. LSU still went to the SEC Championship Game but could’ve easily tried to cancel it but didn’t.
South Carolina is hosting Georgia in Columbia and despite the hurricane making landfall 15o miles away both schools worked to reschedule the game for Sunday afternoon instead of canceling it. Florida State vs Miami also will go on as scheduled Saturday night in Miami despite the weather.
Florida will come to Baton Rouge next year to play LSU on October 7th 2017 and I’m pretty sure the Tigers will remember and use the cancelation of this year’s game as motivation.