By MARK LONG
AP Sports Writer
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – LSU and Florida will play Nov. 19 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, a game rescheduled because of Hurricane Matthew.
The Southeastern Conference made the announcement Thursday, ending a week of speculation about what would happen to the game originally scheduled for last Saturday in Gainesville.
The teams had to buy out nonconference opponents scheduled for that Saturday: South Alabama for LSU and Presbyterian for Florida.
The arrangement means the Tigers (3-2, 2-1 SEC) will avoid playing three consecutive road games over a 13-day span to end the regular season. The 18th-ranked Gators (4-1, 2-1) will lose two homes games – about $7.8 million in projected revenue from ticket sales alone – but likely will recoup some of that through insurance.
LSU also agreed to play in Gainesville in 2017 and 2018, which gets the Gators one game back. It also means Florida will host rivals Tennessee, LSU and Florida State next season.