VIDEO: Florida Gators Head To LSU For Pivotal Matchup In Race For SEC East Crown
By Chris Harry, Florida Gators.com // November 15, 2016
Kickoff set for 1 p.m.
ABOVE VIDEO: Coach McElwain recaps the win over South Carolina and looks ahead to the game at LSU.
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA (FLORIDA GATORS) – In a perfect world, Florida and LSU would have played their game on its originally schedule date of Oct. 8, which would mean Presbyterian would be coming to town Saturday. Hurricane Matthew, of course, took care of that.
In the perfect world make-up scenario, UF-LSU would have been rescheduled for another date at Spurrier-Florida Field, but the Southeastern Conference found that solution untenable and thus arose what now looks like a grossly imperfect solution for the Gators.
Not only was the marquee home game on the schedule wiped away, but No. 21 Florida (7-2, 5-2) now must go to Baton Rouge, La., this weekend to face LSU (6-2, 4-2) at sold-out and maniacal Tiger Stadium with no less than the SEC East Division title in the balance.
If the Gators win, they clinch a second straight trip to the league championship game.
If they lose, Tennessee can claim the crown by beating Missouri at home Saturday and winning at Vanderbilt the following week.
ABOVE VIDEO: “Florida Football with Jim McElwain”, exclusive highlights from Florida’s 20-7 win vs. South Carolina.
Doesn’t seem fair does it?
Think anyone at LSU — be it Athletic Director Joe Alleva, interim coach Ed Orgeron, Tiger players or fans — is feeling sorry for the Gators?
“Look, anything that comes up that really is out of your control, I mean, you can sit and cry about it or you can just move on,” UF coach Jim McElwain said Monday, two days after his team advanced its conference cause with a 20-7 victory over South Carolina in the home season finale. “That’s what we’ve got to do. It is what it is. We’re going there to play and that’s the way it is.”