To whom it may concern:
I realize this is not your primary concern, but I believe that canceling an important SEC game – even if it might not alter the divisional results (although stranger things have happened) – should be avoided if at all possible. This seems to be a likely result of the LSU-Florida postponement from this weekend.
I am writing to the various athletic directors who could be involved in a solution. As an LSU fan, I first contacted Mr. Joe Alleva, but I thought it appropriate to also send this to others to appeal to their sense of fair play. These things are not easy to accomplish, I understand that, but no matter what people are going to be inconvenienced with a natural disaster of what could be a significant magnitude. I felt it was very positive between the two fan bases when the LSU-South Carolina game was moved last year.
LSU and Florida do not have a mutual bye week. However, Florida and Georgia have a mutual bye week on 10/22. If Florida plays Georgia on 10/22 instead of 10/29, that would allow Florida to play LSU on 10/29, when LSU’s bye is currently scheduled.
I understand Florida-Georgia is a difficult game to move because of TV and logistics with the neutral site and the prospect of LSU going to Florida the week before the Alabama game is not ideal, but that’s the simplest option.
There is a second option I noticed, but it’s more complicated.
(1) South Carolina can play Florida on 10/22.
(2) This would free up South Carolina’s date of November 12. UMass has a bye week on November 12, so all this would do to South Carolina’s schedule would be to switch UMass and Florida (while obviously UMass’ bye week would move up to 10/22).
(3) LSU can play Arkansas on the mutual bye week of 10/29.
(4) This would make both LSU and Florida available on 11/12. (Arkansas would then have a bye on 11/12)
Thanks for your time.