If any Florida Gators game was going to be postponed this year, it had to be LSU. It’s the latest unusual development in a fierce but weird rivalry that has seen its share of unique developments over the past dozen years.
Here’s a quick summary, with some help from the Miami Herald and Sports Illustrated:
2009: Quarterback Tim Tebow’s status was in doubt after he sustained a concussion two weeks earlier against Kentucky. He was hospitalized at one point and couldn’t even watch TV during an off week. He played and led UF to a 13-3 win in a top-four showdown in Baton Rouge.
2011: The Gators were down two quarterbacks after John Brantley and Jeff Driskel injured their legs a week earlier against Alabama. Freshman Jacoby Brissett had never played before that start — a 41-11 loss.
2014: Days after coming off the bench to lead UF to a win over Tennessee, quarterback Treon Harris was suspended the Monday of LSU week after being accused of sexual assault. The complaint was later withdrawn.
2015: On the Monday of LSU week, UF announced that starting quarterback Will Grier faced a one-year suspension after failing an NCAA drug test. Harris started in Grier’s absence in a 35-28 loss in Baton Rouge.
2016: The looming threat of Hurricane Matthew led the Gators to postpone their home game against the Tigers. LSU accused UF of trying to avoid the matchup, which was pushed back a month and moved to Baton Rouge. UF won on a goal-line stand. “The way I look at it,” then-coach Jim McElwain said, “they got what they deserved.”
2020: A COVID-19 outbreak at UF forces the game to be postponed from Saturday until Dec. 12.