Let’s see if round two goes off without a hitch.
Florida’s pivotal Week 12 game against LSU now has a game time and TV network set.
The 11th-ranked Gators (6-2, 4-2 SEC) will face the 13th-ranked Tigers (5-3, 3-2) at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. SEC Network will broadcast the game.
Of course, this isn’t the first time this game was planned. Hurricane Matthew necessitated the postponement of the originally scheduled game on Oct. 8. After much deliberation, finger pointing and accusations, the game was eventually moved and rescheduled. Instead of a home game for the Gators, it’s an away game. It also required that both teams cancel non-conference home games.
Now, in a week that’s more or less a glorified bye for most SEC teams, all eyes turn to Baton Rouge for a matchup with divisional implications. Those implications are especially big for Florida, as the Gators’ easiest path to Atlanta is to win its remaining two SEC games.
But stepping back another level, Florida also looks for respect against LSU, an SEC West squad. Arkansas humbled the Gators 31-10 on Saturday, ending Florida’s College Football Playoff hopes.
This end of the season stretch for the Gators certainly won’t be easy. The first get a resurgent South Carolina squad who has won its last three games, and who also happens to be coached by the man Jim McElwain replaced in Gainesville — Will Muschamp.
Following the Tigers, Florida heads to Tallahassee to face rival Florida State. The Seminoles are currently ranked No. 20 and just beat North Carolina State 24-20.
If Florida finishes the season undefeated, it will likely get a shot at top-ranked Alabama in the SEC Championship game.
But that’s a long time away. First up is LSU, in a game that’s been circled by both teams for nearly a month now.
Saturday, Nov. 19
1 p.m. ET
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