Any hope that the LSU Tigers would make up its contest against the Florida Gators after the contest was cancelled by Hurricane Matthew’s presence for Saturday appears to be out the window.
During an ESPN radio spot, LSU athletic director Joe Alleva admitted pretty plainly the game would not be played this season, per SEC Country.
“The game is not going to happen at this point,” Alleva said bluntly.
The move comes as a stunner for Tennessee, which currently holds the advantage in the SEC East, but could see it slip through their fingers with back-to-back contests against Texas A&M and Alabama.
Thanks to somewhat of a loophole, the highest win percentage for in-conference competition is the division champion. Meaning all Florida has to do is win out in its in-conference games the rest of the season, and the Gators will punch a ticket to Atlanta for the SEC Championship game.
Aside from LSU, Florida has Missouri, Georgia, Arkansas and South Carolina.
That’s a cakewalk compared to Tennessee’s matchups against Texas A&M and Alabama in back-to-back weeks. The Vols’ competition then falls off to South Carolina, Kentucky, Missouri and Vanderbilt.
Florida could certainly slip up against teams like Georgia or Arkansas down the stretch, but their path is significantly easier than the Volunteers’ next two weeks.
Tennessee has the team’s fate in their own hands by beating the Aggies, but it would be a brutal end to the season after the Vols snapped an 11-year losing streak to Florida.