Should have moved to 12/1 and SEC title game to 12/8. Why? Because we NEVER see the SEC title game in primetime. Holding it a week later would have allowed the game to be in primetime and have higher ratings without worrying about going against other conference title games. Sure it means delaying the final CFP rankings but it would be worth the sacrifice.
Obviously the SEC believes that ratings are just fine with the game where it is, or it’d already be moved. Not everything has to be in prime time, especially on a Saturday.
Also, I believe the Georgia Dome is unavailable the weekend of 12/8 due to high school football championships.
You can’t just move the SEC Championship game a week later, because one conference Regular Season game had to be rescheduled. There are different factors that play into the Conference title game:
First, the Georgia Dome has to be booked for a date to hold such game in advance (Sat. Dec. 3rd).
Second, CBS which holds rights to broadcast the game on TV, already has it’s television schedule set for Sat. Dec. 10th, including an afternoon game between Army vs.Navy.
Third, people have already bought tickets, hospitality, and transportation for the SEC tittle game.
Forth, moving the SEC title game, would delay College Football Playoff, and bowl game scheduling of matchups. Which would be a huge conflict.
Fifth, do we really want a delayed SEC title game to over shadow the Heisman, and possibly prevent a nominee from attending? The answer is no.
Finally, they are not going to delay the game a week, especially if it’s likely neither team qualifies for the SEC title game.
So while it may seem easy to push the SEC title game a week later, the truth is that it’s not.
All of the people suggesting they just move these pieces around like tokens on a game board must not have ever planned anything in their lives.
It simply isn’t as easy as just picking a different day.
Let’s get on the ball, South Alabama! Invite Presbyterian to come to Mobile and play on 11/19! No reason both schools should sit idle!
They should – already getting paid for the road game and now they have the chance for an additional home game against a fairly subpar team, which may even count towards a bowl considering the unusual circumstances it would be played under.
Just one hurdle – South Alabama has already played an FCS team. I believe to be Bowl eligible, you can only count one win over an FCS team. The NCAA can grant a waiver – which they should as consolation for South Alabama getting the shaft here. I bet South Alabama is waiting for a waiver and then once they get it, they schedule Presbyterian.
I bet they would much rather have the buy-out check and the week off to rest and heal up.
Should have never happened but UF was playing games. Good, we get to have a rested Fournette to kick butt.
Army has 4 bowl eligible wins after they crushed FCS Lafayette today. They will be hard pressed to get 2 more. They scheduled another FCS team – Morgan State on November 19 – which would not count as a bowl eligible win. How about Army buy out Morgan State and replace them with South Alabama. Then Presbyterian and Morgan State – 2 FCS teams – can play.
So…does this mean Florida is playing two conference road games in 2018?
The idea of having USA play Presbyterian on 11/19, and having LSU go to Florida 11/19 makes perfect sense. 3 road games isn’t exactly a problem for LSU. If LSU doesn’t make the SEC championship, then USA can play LSU then 12/3 if they’re open, or 12/10. Presybterian can do the same with Florida if they don’t somehow pass Tennessee for the SEC East. Everyone gets games, and USA and Presbyterian get an extra.
Both LSU and Florida should pay USA and PC to play each other on 11/19 and LSU should just suck it up and play 3 straight road games. Either that or play 12/3 and move the SEC title game to 12/10. This ain’t hard folks.
It’ s not that easy. CFP committee sets the playoff teams and bowl games are set on Dec 4th! You just can move the tje SEC championship game.
CFP said last year that if Navy was in playoff contention, they would hold all selections until after the Army-Navy game. So they obviously can do that somehow.
Also, after the 9/11 attacks, the SEC Championship was pushed back one week. That was pre-playoff era, but still it shows that it can be accomplished if necessary.
I keep hearing the 9/11 connection, but let’s also acknowledge that 9/11 was a very unique circumstance. This doesn’t even come close.
Nobody said the two events were similar, just that there is a precedent for moving the SECCG back one week.
Is that really a precedent, though? I mean, the scope of 9/11 was massive. People were in a very different mindset then and, like I said, this event doesn’t even come close. 9/11 disrupted all of our lives, so moving a football game around (or a thousand football games around) didn’t really matter to anyone.
Plus, they had three months to plan. That time is cut in half here.
I just don’t think they will move the SEC championship game to accommodate Florida and LSU. It just makes very little sense to do so.
That’s not fair to LSU we need a home game folks r still
Outbofbtheir homes and lost everything no way Florida could have played that game on Monday night they refused to
LSU has a bye on Oct. 29. Florida’s bye is Oct. 22. Florida currently plays Georgia on Oct. 29. Georgia’s bye is also Oct. 22. Problem solved. Move the Florida-Georgia game to Oct. 22, and play the LSU-Florida game on Oct. 29.
I’d tend to imagine that rescheduling any event that involves as many people, reservations, travel situations, etc., as a football game between two power-5 level teams is a logistical nightmare, even if there’s an obvious date and it’s a home game in a college town.
I’d think that throwing the neutral site game in an NFL team’s home stadium into the mix, a situation that would revolve around having to be concerned with several times as many hotel reservations and travel methods, and that would be moving that game from a week where the NFL team is away to a week when they would have a home game the next day (and who knows what else may or may not be scheduled there that weekend) would complicate things a lot more. Not saying they can’t possibly figure it out, but a lot goes into putting on football games of this magnitude beyond just moving around the dates…
It’s not as easy as just moving games to different weekends. It’s just not. If it were, they’d already have done that.
You’re rescheduling hundreds of people’s lives, from people who work the games to people planning to travel to the games to schedules for other events scheduled in those cities that may use some of the same facilities… not to mention hotel rooms.
It would take months to work all of it out, not the two weeks some of you think it can happen in.
Geez. I would rather they play the game… somehow. However, that may not be possible. Big deal. It’s a game. Move on.
That’s not going to happen. Jacksonville would never approve that, plus the Jaguars are at home the next day (Oct. 23).
Play it the week of the championship games like the BXII does, because these two won’t be in the SEC championship.
You may be correct but do not know that for sure, anything can happen.
Here’s a solution to the LSU-Florida rescheduling problem: (1) Reschedule the SEC Championship Game from December 3rd to December 10th with a 8pm (EST) kickoff so it won’t interfere with the Army-Navy game which has a 3pm (EST) kickoff. (2) Have the LSU-Florida game on December 3rd.
CFP teams and a bowl games are set on December 4th! It looks like this game will not be played this season.
This is a very good compromise.
Alleva refuses to do anything but cancel the game, since UF couldn’t switch the game to BR instead, as USC did before. Time for the SEC to step in and put that jackalope in his place. The game is a conference game. Playing only 7 conference games isn’t acceptable.
Play the game Monday in Birmingham/Legion Field…
Why was this game postponed to begin with? The storm will have long passed by game time.
It’s the Weather Channel Effect. Sadly 4 or so Floridians have died… But the eye of the storm stayed offshore, and the weather right now in Gainesville? Had the game just been moved to Sunday….
SEC drama queens. Buy out South Alabama and Presbyterian and play the game Nov 19. You can play 3 road games LSU. At 3-2 you’re not accomplishing anything this year anyway.
I think Florida feels like that it still has a shot at playing in the SEC championshp game against Alabama or Texas A&M but it does not just like Georgia does not
Florida does still have a shot, so does Georgia, its only halfway through the season, anything can happen.
Only thing I know this was once-in-a-lifetime chance for me to go see the Gators I’ve always been a Gators fan and always wanted to see them I just want them to reschedule hopefully in the swamp if not I just want my money back so I can just go to another game I don’t care who they’re playing I just want to go to the swamp and see a game
Sankey could end up saying this: A team with only 7 conference games is ineligible for the championship, and for their share of conference money. What’s Florida going to do? Join the Big 12 in protest?
LSU offered to play the game as scheduled, or later Saturday night. They offered to fly into Gainesville Sunday am and fly out Sunday pm. I think they also offered to play Monday night in Gainesville. They offered to play in Baton Rouge with the two subsequent games with Florida to be played in Gainesville. They offered to play the game Saturday at a neutral site. They did all this because they knew that the game would not be played, otherwise. There is an appearance, real or imagined that Florida did not want to play the game because of injuries to defensive line personnel and perhaps QB.
If you’re correct, then the SEC should investigate this, and possibly give UF a loss.
Other elements of the story include a new coaching staff at LSU had the Tigers hitting on all cylinders with Florida having inadequate time to prep for the new schemes. Also, you had a newbie SEC Commish dealing with a seasoned vet AD at Florida. The fact that there was a legitimate hurricane will give cover to all who wanted to not play the game last weekend. But, for me, these are all aspects seen from the outside looking in with no certain understanding of the conversations and intent. So, I could be wrong about all this but it just doesn’t look good.
They don’t call The U the Hurricanes for nothing, once Matthew clears, Miami will take the field.
3 straight SEC West road games for Auburn…@ LSU, @ Arkansas & @Texas A&M. That’s harsh
I would guess CBS starts out 2017 in either Atlanta or Arlington but ESPN sure would love both of them
I hope abc takes florida vs Michigan
Sissy Tennessee playing MORE sissy schools. WHAT A HOOT.
Probably ought to put an asterisk by the Florida/LSU game – “if played”.
Who knows how things will shake out, EWU could be a MWC school by then.