GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The threat of Hurricane Matthew wiped out Florida’s scheduled showdown with LSU this weekend so the No. 18 Gators were idle as some big games unfolded elsewhere around the SEC.
With that, Florida (4-1, 2-1 SEC) remains at No. 6 in the weekly SEC Country Power Poll.
The poll consisted of 17 voters, including ones from SEC Country and around the nation.
The matchup with LSU figured to be one of the toughest on the schedule for the Gators. The Tigers were coming off a momentous win in their first game with interim head coach Ed Orgeron and looked to potentially have an advantage up front against Florida’s bang-up defensive line.
Now it’s unclear if the teams will play at all this season, though SEC commissioner Greg Sankey has said, “The game needs to be played.”
Working out the logistics of rescheduling the game in a way that satisfies both Florida and LSU figures to be tricky, though.
In the meantime, the Gators will host Missouri (2-3, 0-2) this coming Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium before heading into their scheduled bye week.
The Tigers lost by a point at home to Georgia and then got mauled by LSU, 42-7, on Oct. 1 in their only SEC games so far. They are coming off a bye entering this game.
The good news for Florida is that injured quarterback Luke Del Rio had an extra week to rest his knee. He had been hoping to return for the game with LSU and would seem likely to play this week, but coach Jim McElwain will provide more clarity on that Monday.
Missouri leads the all-time series with Florida, 3-2, including an even 2-2 split since joining the SEC. The Gators earned a 21-3 win last year in Columbia, Mo., however, and will certainly be the favorite again this time.
Check back next week to see the Week 7 installment of the SEC Country Power Poll.
Your Week 6 rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (14 - 1)||221||17||1||1||1|
|2||Texas A&M (8 - 5)||202||0||2||2||3|
|3||Tennessee (9 - 4)||179||0||3||3||5|
|4||Ole Miss (5 - 7)||175||0||4||2||6|
|5||Auburn (8 - 5)||135||0||8||4||9|
|6||Florida (9 - 4)||131||0||6||5||9|
|7||Arkansas (7 - 6)||118||0||5||4||9|
|8||LSU (8 - 4)||117||0||7||4||9|
|9||Georgia (8 - 5)||99||0||9||6||9|
|10||Kentucky (7 - 6)||54||0||11||10||13|
|11||Mississippi State (6 - 7)||45||0||10||10||14|
|12||Missouri (4 - 8)||42||0||12||10||13|
|13||South Carolina (6 - 7)||27||0||13||10||14|
|14||Vanderbilt (6 - 7)||2||0||14||13||14|
This week's voters:
Adam Sparks (The Tennessean)
Alec Shirkey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Barrett Sallee (Bleacher Report)
Ben Wait (Columbus Commercial Dispatch)
Cory McCartney (Fox Sports)
Dave Matter (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
David Caraviello (Post & Courier)
Jason Kersey (SEC Country)
Jeff Drummond (AllWildcats.com)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Otis Krik (Hawgs 247)
Patrick Brown (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Shehan Jeyarajah (SEC Country)
Suzanne Halliburton (Austin American-Statesman)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)