Another layer to the Florida-LSU football rivalry was added when the Gators named LSU their homecoming game opponent for the 2017 season on Oct. 7.
To LSU coach Ed Orgeron, it’s simply another day in the business.
“Here’s what I’ve got to tell you: People are going to do what they’re going to do,” Orgeron said Monday at the 2017 SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala. “Florida is a great rivalry for us. We respect them. Anytime we go into The Swamp, it’s going to be a battle. We need to prepare. I have a lot of respect for coach McElwain and the job that they do, but we’re going to be ready to play regardless of what it is.”
Later Monday on “The Paul Finebaum Show,” Orgeron added that he enjoys the challenge the Gators have proposed and said it adds a little more motivation for the Tigers.
“It’s part of being in the SEC,” Orgeron said. “We can’t control what other people do. We control our own destiny.”
Tensions have been high between the two teams since last season, when the game between the two in Gainesville was postponed and eventually rescheduled due to the impending threat of Hurricane Matthew.
The athletic directors at the schools — Florida’s Jeremy Foley and LSU’s Joe Alleva — both held firm on their respective sides of the argument about where the postponed game would be played or if it would even be played at all.
The SEC office ultimately decided to move the game to Baton Rouge, La., and, in turn, Florida is hosting the 2017 game that was supposed to be played at LSU.
The Gators ultimately got the last laugh in 2016, with Florida pulling off a 16-10 win in Death Valley on a goal-line stand to clinch the SEC East for a second-straight year.
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said at the start of media days on Monday that the rescheduling of games that are postponed as a result of a hurricane or tropical storms will now be done in a more orderly fashion.