Report: Sun Belt games could factor into LSU-Florida rescheduling
There is no simple solution to getting the LSU-Florida game rescheduled. With no shared open date, every scenario involves moving or canceling other games.
A report by ESPN’s Brett McMurphy says that the Sun Belt Conference might get involved.
It has been widely reported that Florida’s suggestion has been to move the game to Nov. 19 and have the schools buyout (with assistance from the SEC) nonconference opponents South Alabama and Presbyterian. LSU, however, has been adamant about keeping its home game against South Alabama on that date.
McMurphy outlines a scenario in which LSU-South Alabama could take place and allow the Gators and Tigers to meet on Nov. 19:
- LSU at Florida is moved to Nov. 19
- South Alabama at LSU is moved from Nov. 19 to Oct. 29, LSU’s current open date
- South Alabama moves its Oct. 29 home game with Georgia State to Nov. 19
- Georgia State moves its Nov. 19 home date with Georgia Southern to Nov. 26, which is an open date for both Sun Belt teams.
- Alternative: South Alabama moves its Oct. 29 home game with Georgia State to Nov. 12, USA’s current open date; Georgia State moves its Nov. 12 home game with Louisiana Monroe to Nov. 26, which is an open date for both teams.
LSU President King Alexander has suggested Dec. 3 as a makeup date, which would involve moving the SEC Championship Game back a week. McMurphy’s sources, however, say that the College Football Playoff committee cannot wait a week to name the final four, which impacts all bowl announcements:
Even if the SEC signed off on that — which is “highly, highly unlikely” sources said — other sources told ESPN that the College Football Playoff would not push back its announcement of the College Football Playoff field from Dec. 4 to Dec. 11. Not only would that delay announcing the participants to the four-team playoff, but it would also hold up the announcement of the pairings in the 38 other bowls for an entire week.
“That scenario,” a source said, “simply will not happen.”
One can only imagine the headaches at the league offices trying to get this figured out.