Keeping a home game in Baton Rouge was a big win for LSU, but Florida may have come out of this ordeal on top after all.
That is, according to columnist Chad Towers for SEC Country, who calls ahead to Florida's incredible home slate for next season.
The Gators' home SEC schedule is comprised of Tennessee, Vanderbilt, LSU, Texas A&M and Georgia. And they throw in a a home-game against rival Florida State for good measure.
The often-salty exchanges between Florida and LSU as Hurricane Matthew cast the past week's game in Gainesville into doubt also leaves the Gators looking like the gracious ones, according to Towers.
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"[The rescheduled game] emphatically ended the ridiculous LSU narrative that Florida simply didn’t want to play them. The Tigers would have been without tailback Leonard Fournette. They should have him back now, on their home field, no less," Towers wrote.
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey subtly chided LSU athletic director Joe Alleva Thursday for his hard-line stance on the game. LSU maintained it would not give up a home game after "bending over backwards," as Alleva put it, to get the game played last weekend.
So, after more than a week of kerfuffle and recriminations, this is the final equation: a bi…
The SEC eventually stepped in to push through the compromise for both sides, but not before significant consternation. In announcing the final result, Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said LSU was not a "true partner" in the discussions.
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