Florida-LSU game officially postponed, rescheduled with new date
Florida and LSU were scheduled to meet Saturday in Gainesville, Florida, but due to COVID-19 cases on the UF football team, the game has been tentatively rescheduled to Dec. 12.
“Our priority is the health and well-being of our student-athletes and staff,” LSU Director of Athletics Scott Woodward said in an announcement from the school. “The decision to reschedule the game comes as a result of close coordination and cooperation with the University of Florida and SEC officials and we are in full support. It is disappointing for everyone, but prudent. We wish all those at Florida who may be impacted the very best.”
The tentative new date is the SEC’s built-in extra Saturday between Dec. 5’s originally scheduled regular-season finales and the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 19.
Florida-LSU is the second SEC game of 2020 to be postponed. Vanderbilt vs. Missouri was postponed due to a lack of available players for the Commodores.
Florida and LSU have had to reschedule before. The 2016 game, originally scheduled to be played in Gainesville, was postponed due to the projected track of Hurricane Matthew. LSU did not want to finish the season with three consecutive road games, so an agreement was reached to play the 2016 game in Baton Rouge with Florida hosting both the 2017 and ’18 games in Gainesville. As it worked out, the road team won each game that was moved from the originally scheduled host venue.