Hurricane Matthew stirred up some extra animosity between a pair of cross-division rivals that had plenty already.
Florida, which came away with a dramatic, division-clinching victory in the team’s rescheduled and relocated meeting last November in Baton Rouge, gets the luxury of hosting LSU the next two seasons.
The Gators have pegged this year’s game in The Swamp as their annual homecoming game, as announced by the school on Thursday afternoon. The contest will be played on Oct. 7.
#Swamp17 Homecoming. 🐊🏈🏠
Oct. 7, 2017. 📅
Be there. 💯
— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) July 6, 2017
Last season, the two teams were originally slated to play on Oct. 8 before the storm caused it to be postponed. The two schools, and their respective fan bases, traded jabs as a decision on the makeup game was slow to materialize.
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey announced an agreement where the teams would play on Nov. 19, but it would take place in Death Valley.
The Gators survived 16-10 after a late goal-line stand in which LSU running back Derrius Guice was stopped on 4th-and-goal at the 1-yard line. Florida clinched a second straight SEC East title with that win.
LSU has won five of the last seven games in the rivalry dating back to 2010. Florida is 25-3 in its homecoming games dating back to 1989.