Ross Dellenger of The Advocate reported on Thursday that the LSU Tigers will host the Florida Gators on November 19. The schools were originally set to do battle on October 8, but the game was canceled due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Matthew.
Dellenger notes that each school will buy-out the non-conference games that they were slated to play on November 19. LSU is currently scheduled to face South Alabama on that day while Florida has Presbyterian on the schedule.
Forcing their way out of those non-conference games is necessary only because LSU and Florida do not share an open date for the remainder of the season and not making this decision would have made it impossible to play the game at all.
The game will be played in Baton Rouge rather than in Gainesville, where it was initially scheduled to take place, because it prevents LSU from having to play three consecutive road games in the span of 12 days. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reports that LSU will then travel to Florida to take on the Gators in both 2017 and 2018 as a result. This will be the second straight season in which the two schools have gone head-to-head at Tiger Stadium after LSU edged Florida 35-28 last October.
LSU is 3-2 thus far in 2016, and 1-0 since firing head coach Les Miles in late September. They defeated Missouri 42-7 in interim coach Ed Orgeron’s first game in charge. He will remain at this post until the end of the season. The Tigers will face Southern Miss at home this Saturday evening.
On the other hand, the 4-1 Gators are currently ranked 18th in the AP poll. They will host Missouri this Saturday at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.