After storm, Florida-LSU barely collateral damage

LSU AD Joe Alleva, here congratulating his interim football coach Ed Orgeron, is playing hardball on re-scheduling his game against Florida. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

LSU AD Joe Alleva, here congratulating his interim football coach Ed Orgeron, is playing hardball on re-scheduling his game against Florida. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

At the last grisly accounting, Hurricane Matthew claimed hundreds of lives in Haiti and at least 14 in the U.S. The property damage will reach likely into the billions.

Even for the SEC, doesn’t it seem just a wee bit petty to be carping over a postponed football game?

Florida canceled its Saturday home game with LSU, citing uncertainty over Matthew’s path and possible impact. That games were played in horrible conditions in North Carolina and a day later in South Carolina did not make the decision back in Gainesville appear completely necessary. And those who go looking for a conspiratorial lining in every storm cloud saw the Gators trying to duck a difficult match-up.

But. . .still. . .it’s just a football game.

Heresy to suggest, I know.

The decision to err on the side of safety in the face of a monster storm hardly seems wrong-headed. So, everyone, take a breath. In the context of all that Matthew has wrought, a football game is not even a single uprooted tree.

That said, all the powers over at the SEC office need to broker an agreement to get this game played. Why even schedule the thing if it’s not worthy of a little inconvenience to make sure it gets played? Match-ups within this mighty conference are not supposed to be as disposable as a box of tissue.

This one game holds so many possible ripple effects for those not wearing either Gator or Tiger colors.

Do Florida and LSU buy-out their respective cupcakes scheduled for Nov. 19 and play each other than (My choice, not that anyone asked)? That seems reasonable enough, as the world will scarcely miss one more Florida-Presbyterian or LSU-South Alabama match-up. But, no, says LSU athletic director Joe Alleva, citing Baton Rouge’s great thirst to see the mighty Jaguars and to not sacrifice the bounty of a home game.

That scenario would have LSU playing three conference games in 12 days, unless someone would have the good sense to at least move a Thursday night meeting with Texas A&M from Thursday night back to Saturday.

Do Florida and Georgia move their game up a week (a traditional off week for both schools), allowing LSU to come in a play the Gators on Oct. 29 (now an off date for the Tigers)? Yeah, that will happen as soon as sweet tea becomes the beverage of choice in Jacksonville during Florida-Georgia week. Too much is already invested in that game at that time to change now. And Georgia already has done its share of compromising to the storm.

Or, do they move Florida-LSU to the end of the season, and bump back the SEC championship game in Atlanta a week? If it matters to the greater SEC by then. That seems unwieldy, to keep all of college football waiting on that one. Besides, Atlanta can’t afford any negative impact on that game. We need every penny of the tourist tax money to pay for that fancy new place next to the Dome.

Or, barring any agreement, do they just call off the whole thing? In order to compensate for any funky math that would come up with Georgia and LSU playing one less conference game than anyone else, Alleva suggested determining champions merely by their division records.

It’s all quite a mess. But let’s keep in mind, please, that it is one of the more minor messes left behind by this particular storm.

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TOJacket
TOJacket

Says a lot about the SEC when LSU and FL might not be played.

OH:IO
OH:IO

@TOJacket


Total Joke.......of all of College Football. 


Save the Cupcakes! 

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@OH:IO @TOJacket Like the Ohio State would give up any of the Hostess Twinkies on their schedule , B1G or Non Conference, there is really very little difference in the competition.

colt07
colt07

Very simple, FLA wimped out and now they have to pay the price. Have FLA visit Athens the week before the previously scheduled game. The FLA and LSU play the next weekend in Gainesville.

FLA made their bed, now sleep in it!

If SEC says NO, then conspiracy theories are more understandable.

OH:IO
OH:IO

No. We have to play the cupcakes! 


SEC! SEC! 

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO

So only the SEC plays cupcakes?

Stop lying, hypocrite.

LifeIsAPeach
LifeIsAPeach

The game has to be played.  Period.  The implications for the SEC East are too important to cancel it.

DawgNole
DawgNole

"Do Florida and Georgia move their game up a week (a traditional off week for both schools) . . . ."

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It has NOT been an annual tradition--not a longstanding one, certainly--for Georgia, a fact blamed by many Dawgs for fla's domination in the series since 1990.

DerekGator
DerekGator

@DawgNole :  There was no advantage to GA, Some years GA had the week off and FL did not, some years FL had the week off and GA did not but recently, they have both had the week off. 

OH:IO
OH:IO

@DawgNole


Wow, all CAPS and Italics all in one post. 


A true  keyboard genius.

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@TOJacket Exactly what does this have to do with the mighty Jackets of north avenue technical school. TO , don't you have bigger fish to fry .like getting bowl eligible.