The SEC announced Thursday the LSU-Florida football game in Gainesville has been postponed due to Hurricane Matthew.
“The timing of this storm on a Friday and the uncertainty of its aftermath in the ensuing days make it particularly difficult to project the conditions for the remainder of the weekend as well as the opportunity for travel of teams and fans to or from Gainesville and other cities in Florida," SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement Thursday.
The schools do not have a common open date on which to reschedule the game. Florida’s bye week occurs Saturday, October 22; LSU’s is one week later on October 29.
The SEC will try to come up with a solution, but the game could be canceled.
So how would that affect Tennessee's chances for an SEC East championship?
It won't matter at all If Tennessee remains undefeated or only loses one of the six remaining conference games. The Vols will win the Eastern division by default because they hold the tiebreaker over Florida.
However, if Tennessee loses two conference games, the loss of the Florid-LSU game could have a major impact. The Vols would need Florida to lose at least one more conference game to clinch the division. If the Florida-LSU game is not made up and Florida wins the rest of its conference schedule, Florida would win the division.
Florida still faces tough matchups in 2016, including a neutral site game against the Georgia Bulldogs in Jacksonville and a game in Fayetteville against No. 16 Arkansas.
The Georgia-South Carolina game, set to be played in Columbia on Saturday, has been postponed until Sunday.