Some rivalries happen because of geography. Some are created through circumstance. Still others are created by the sheer force of ill will.
Count Florida-LSU as the latter.
The two teams have played every year since 1971 but it was hardly considered an in-your-face, no-holds-barred rivalry. Florida’s primary rivals have always been Florida State, Tennessee and Georgia.
But all of that changed last season in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Now these two schools REALLY don’t like one another.
The 2016 game was originally scheduled for Oct. 8 in Gainesville but when the hurricane was moving into the state, Florida officials said the game would have to be rescheduled. LSU asked that the game be played on Sunday, Oct. 9, which was an option some other teams in the South chose. Florida said no because there would not be enough law enforcement to manage the game. The only available date was Nov. 19 when both had non-conference games.
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