The players have spoken. The commissioner and athletic directors have spoken. The coaches have spoken. Self-serving coaches from other teams have spoken.

Everybody seems to have an opinion on when and whether LSU and Florida should reschedule their game after Hurricane Matthew forced a postponement.

We’ve been talking plenty about it, too. Like them, our opinions are all over the map.

Answer: In Gainesville, it has been bizarre to watch LSU dominate the media narrative on the cancelation and now the makeup. Congrats on winning the PR battle.

Despite LSU’s hard stance against it, Nov. 19 is the most practical option. The SEC has the power and resources to get South Alabama and Presbyterian bought out and make sure everyone is made whole in the process. It’s understandable that LSU doesn’t want to finish the season playing three games on the road. No team wants that kind of draw, but things happen, like hurricanes.

LSU’s other proposed solutions are bigger logistical pains than Nov. 19. The suggestion of Oct. 29 asks fans of Florida and Georgia to cancel their travel arrangements for Jacksonville and try to rebook everything for the weekend of Oct. 22 and hope that works with everyone’s lives (work/school/etc). There’s also the issues of the Jacksonville Jaguars having a home game Oct. 23. The Dec. 3 plan means getting CBS involved to move the SEC Championship Game, and not to mention, again, thousands of people who have made travel plans.

And I realize, there’s many fans who made plans to be in Baton Rouge on Nov. 19. But of all the games in play here (LSU-Florida, Florida-Georgia, SEC Championship), LSU-South Alabama is the easiest one to scrap. And it doesn’t seem like too much to ask of Texas A&M to move the Week 13 game back from Thursday to Saturday or even Sunday. Do it for the sake of the conference, Tigers.

— Andrew Olson, Florida beat reporter

Answer: Why play it at this point?

Joe Alleva’s proposal to take the game off the table is making more sense, as it’s the only option that treats all SEC teams the same.

If you play Nov. 19, then you force LSU to play three SEC road games in 13 days while costing LSU and Florida home games. If you play Oct. 29, then you make the city of Jacksonville scramble to move the Georgia-Florida game up while LSU has to play Florida the week before playing Alabama, which would be idle the week before. And Florida would have to play Georgia and LSU back-to-back.

And if you play Dec. 3 and move the SEC championship game … well, that’s just a mess.

The only adjustment you have to make by canceling the game is adjust this year’s standings to where only division games count in the division championship races. And everybody faces the same impact there. Other than that, there’s the relatively minor matter of a couple of teams having one more bye week.

Compared to the chaos the other options cause, there’s barely an impact to that option.

No it’s not the best option, but the best option was to find a way to play the weekend the game was scheduled. Everybody else in the hurricane zone managed to do it. But that ship has sailed and maybe the same is true for this game, period.

— Gary Laney, LSU beat reporter

Oct 8, 2016; St. Augustine, FL, USA; Aerial view of damage caused by Hurricane Matthew. Mandatory Credit: Andrew West/The News-Press via USA TODAY NETWORK

Credit: Andrew West/The News-Press via USA TODAY NETWORK

Answer: So long as the outcome matters with regard to who wins either division, then the game must be played.

It’s understandable why Florida didn’t agree to a Sunday or Monday kick since hurricanes are totally unpredictable. It’s also understandable why they didn’t want to go to Baton Rouge and lose a home date.

But the Gators and Tigers are both still alive in the East and West, respectively. The last thing the SEC wants is a division winner in Atlanta that got there in part due to not playing a full conference slate — one more loss likely eliminates each team. There are College Football Playoff ramifications, too.

Move the game to Nov. 19 in Gainesville. Florida cancels Presbyterian. LSU cancels South Alabama. If necessary, the conference can step in and write some checks so every program is made whole again.

Better yet, Presbyterian and South Alabama are now free to face each other that Saturday to fill the gap in their schedule.

— John Crist, senior writer

Answer: Florida should have already played LSU; however, it didn’t happen, and it’s understandable why it never happened. I’m not a conspiracy theorist, either. That hurricane could have easily moved west closer to Gainesville as it moved east offshore overnight.

And here’s the kicker: The Florida-LSU game won’t happen because it won’t matter.

Tennessee already has the head-to-head against Florida and Georgia, and both the Gators and Bulldogs will lose again. And they play each other.

But by the response we’ve seen from LSU AD Joe Alleva, outgoing Florida AD Jeremy Foley and SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey, I’ll be surprised if it’s played. Neither side will give, and Sankey doesn’t look like he’s going to do anything about it.

The Vols will lose to Alabama, but they will finish 10-2 on the season, with two conference losses. Florida and Georgia will both lose again, and they play each other.

Therefore, it won’t matter, and the SEC will get lucky, because this game should have absolutely been played for the teams and the fans.

— Jon Cooper, director of operations

Oct 7, 2016; St. Augustine, FL, USA; St. Augustine resident, Rob Birch checks on his flooded car Friday as Hurricane Matthew skirted the area. Mandatory Credit: Andrew West/The News-Press via USA TODAY NETWORK

Credit: Andrew West/The News-Press via USA TODAY NETWORK

Answer: I’ll just speak from the fan perspective because that matters in this case if you ask me. The game should be played.

I understand where LSU AD Joe Alleva is coming from when he said he didn’t want to rob Tigers fans of a home game on Nov. 19, even if it is against South Alabama, because that’s a game that some families have already planned around. For some, that might be the only game they’re able to attend, but they do so because they love their team enough to at least go to one game, any game, just to go to one.

With that said, the same applies, and even more so, for Florida fans who viewed the game against LSU as hands down the best game in The Swamp this season, because it is. The next-most intriguing home game is Missouri this coming weekend. That’s not even close to the same.

With that said, the game should be played on Nov. 19. The league should find a way to make the game happen on that date in place of the ones against South Alabama and Presbyterian because that simply makes the most sense logistically for both schools.

I understand the competitive disadvantage for LSU, but that’s also reinstalling one of the toughest games on an otherwise easy Florida schedule compared to the rest of the SEC, so it’s not like this is doing UF a big favor.

If the game isn’t played, “what-ifs” will likely hang over the head of the SEC Championship Game and possibly even College Football Playoff depending on what happens down the stretch, and that would be a shame.

— Talal Elmasry, managing editor

Answer: The easiest solution would have been for the SEC to decide on Tuesday or Wednesday before the game that the 2016 game was moving to Baton Rouge, and the 2017 game was switching to Gainesville. They’re permanent partners. They play every year.

Obviously that wasn’t done, and I haven’t even seen where it was publicly suggested.

Twenty minutes after they postponed the game, I tweeted they should play Nov. 19 in Gainesville and pay the cupcakes to make it happen. If LSU is concerned about a quick turnaround the following week, move the Gators game to Friday night Nov. 18. Yes, Friday nights are sacred, but the only high school teams in Florida playing at that point are in the playoffs.

Point being, there are far more solutions than reasons to pout, and the longer this drags out, the more everybody involved looks like an unsympathetic, self-absorbed … soul.

Moving forward: Contingency plans have to be part of the next AD meetings. If you don’t want to adopt a “you get the next home game” policy, New Orleans has a dome, Atlanta has a dome. Both are available on Saturdays, even if it means playing before or after another game. Put both on retainer and set a Thursday deadline to decide: East home games in Atlanta. West home games in New Orleans.

We’re making this so much more difficult than it ever needed to be. This wasn’t a rain storm. This was a Category 4 hurricane that changed lives and landscapes forever. It had nothing to do with the weather at kickoff Saturday in Gainesville, but rather, where should state resources be spent? Helping victims, not game-day traffic.

Why is that so hard to understand?

At any rate, if the SEC can’t figure out when and where to play a football game, that doesn’t leave me with much confidence that it can sort out much, much more important issues, such as player safety, sexual misconduct and the like.

— Chris Wright, executive editor

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