2ND UPDATED with news on NFL game in Miami: The Southeastern Conference said today that Saturday’s football game between Georgia and South Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia has been rescheduled for Sunday as Hurricane Matthew continues to batter to coastline. It will air at 2 PM ET on SEC Network. Also, Tulane at Central Florida, which was to air at 8 PM ET Saturday on ESPNU, has been postponed. Meanwhile, Auburn at Mississippi State at noon ET Saturday has been moved from SEC Network to ESPN. Disney’s sports giant had been set to air the now-postponed LSU-Florida game in that slot.
PREVIOUSLY, October 6: Officials from the NCAA’s Southeastern Conference said today that Saturday’s LSU-Florida game in Gainesville has been postponed as the region braces for Hurricane Matthew. ESPN was set to air the game nationally starting at noon ET. The schools and conference officials will work to reschedule the SEC matchup for later in the season.
Meanwhile, the NFL yet said Sunday’s Miami Dolphins-Tennessee Titans game at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens will go on as scheduled. CBS is set to air that one regionally.
“We had a very productive phone call today with a great spirit of cooperation between the universities’ presidents and athletics directors and it became clear that the University of Florida could neither host nor travel to a game this weekend considering the circumstances,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said on the SEC Sports website. “The developments of the hurricane in the last 24 hours, the projected magnitude of its impact and the unknown aftermath of this storm have resulted in this decision to seek another date to play the LSU-Florida game. We have to be sensitive to the possible imminent disruption to the state of Florida and in particular the Gainesville and surrounding area.”
Anticipation for the game between the perennial college football powerhouses had been tempered a bit as Florida is ranked No. 18 in the country and LSU, which has lost two of its first five games, is out of the national top 25 and fired Coach Les Miles last month. But both teams are perennial powerhouses in college football and have national followings.