BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU and Florida will not play football Saturday.
According to a release from the SEC, the LSU-Florida football game scheduled for Oct. 8 has been postponed due to Hurricane Matthew.
“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.”
The schools do not have a common open date to reschedule to game, like Tulane and UCF do, but a release from the SEC said their office will make every effort to find a scheduling solution, possibly even moving other games to do so.
“The timing of this storm on a Friday and the uncertainty of its aftermath in the ensuing days make it particularly difficult to project the conditions for the remainder of the weekend as well as the opportunity for travel of teams and fans to or from Gainesville and other cities in Florida,” Sankey said. “I am appreciative of the cooperation of our universities on this matter.”