LSU and Florida are in the midst of a negotiation to make up a conference game which was supposed to be played on Saturday, but was canceled due to concerns about Hurricane Matthew.
Rumors are flying about what the programs will and won’t do when it comes to altering their schedules to make this game work. One, pushed by FOX Sports’ Clay Travis, included the potential for a game on Nov. 19 after moving around some nonconference games.
On Monday, Tigers AD Joe Alleva flatly denied that was a possibility:
“I know there’s a lot of speculation about the speculation of the scheduling of this Florida football game,” Alleva said, according to SEC Country’s Nick Suss. “I’ve been in contact with commissioner Sankey. One thing that we’re going to hold very firm on is that we have a home game on Nov. 19 and we’re going to have a home game on Nov. 19. We are going to have a home game on Nov. 19. We’re not going to change that situation.”
Another option is trying to move the game to Dec. 3, but that would require moving the SEC Championship game. The Tigers have an open date on Oct. 29. Neither of these seemed ideal to Alleva:
“We have an open date before the Alabama game,” he said, per Suss. “I’m not in favor of playing a game on that day unless Alabama also plays a game on that day. There’s an option on Dec. 3 when the conference championship game is. I don’t know if that’s an option because of TV contracts and dome contracts.”