LSU prepared to play at South Carolina as scheduled despite flooding

No changes have been made for LSU-South Carolina, scheduled for 11 a.m. CT on Saturday

LSU expects to play South Carolina as scheduled Saturday despite heavy flooding throughout most of the state.

The two teams are scheduled to kick off at 11 a.m. CT.

Classes were canceled at South Carolina on Monday, and the campus was closed to all faculty and staff. Local reports said Monday that half the state was still underwater after heavy rain pounded the area throughout the weekend. More rain and flooding could still occur, though the water is expected to recede within the next few days.

"The people over there are having a difficult time," said LSU coach Les Miles. "We understand the whims of weather, and I'm certain they'll do great. Our thoughts and prayers are with them."

LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette said LSU is prepared to play the game as schedule. They are monitoring the situation in coordination with the SEC, but no discussions have taken place about moving the game or rescheduling it.

A boil water advisory remained in effect in Columbia, S.C. as of Monday afternoon. The USC campus was without water services as recently as Monday morning.

A state of emergency remained in effect.

Local reports did indicate that Williams-Brice Stadium is in good shape and will be ready for play Saturday.

This is an added distraction for a Gamecocks team that has struggled to start this season. USC is 2-3 overall, but 0-3 in the conference after losing 24-10 to Missouri last weekend.

"First and foremost, Steve Spurrier's responsibility is that team," Miles said. "He knows that with as many great teams he's put on the field. He understands that. I suspect they'll minimize distractions and seek the right practice plan. This will be something they'll come through."

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