If the Florida-LSU game is going to be played, it won’t be at the expense of the Georgia-Florida game.
Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity appeared on The Paul Finebaum Show on Monday to discuss the difficulties with moving up the Georgia-Florida game.
Finebaum asked McGarity if the rivalry game could be moved up a week. Florida and Georgia both have bye weeks on Oct. 22, and LSU has a bye the following Saturday. Some thought the Florida-LSU game could be played on that Oct. 29 date, with the Georgia-Florida game being played on the 22nd.
But McGarity said it would be “impractical” to play the Georgia-Florida game on a date other than the 29th.
“I don’t think it’s an option whatsoever,” McGarity said.
McGarity also brought up that the Jacksonville Jaguars host the Oakland Raiders on Oct. 23 and that the changes that need to be made to the stadium for both games could not be done in time.
“It’s really impractical. We have over 15,000 temporary seats placed in the stadium just for that game,” McGarity said. “We have an off week next week and things are in place to play Florida on the 29th. It’s such a traditional game, with 40,000 Georgia fans and 40,000 Florida fans.”
The Georgia-Florida game is one of two SEC games that are played at a neutral site every year, with the other being Texas A&M-Arkansas in Arlington, Texas. The game between Georgia and Florida is often called the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. Georgia students also have the Friday off before the Florida game every year as a fall break.
The Bulldogs, coming off a Sunday win over South Carolina, host Vanderbilt this Saturday (Noon ET, SEC Network).