What if Monday won't work?

There's a possibility that the deluge of rain Hurricane Rita is dumping on Baton Rouge will leave the field at Tiger Stadium unplayable, forcing the Tennessee-LSU football game – already moved from Saturday night to Monday night -- to be rescheduled a second time.

Since the Southeastern Conference office says it cannot reset the game for Dec. 3 and move the SEC Championship Game back to Dec. 10 because of a scheduling conflict at the Georgia Dome, here's the next-best alternative:

Tennessee and South Carolina have open dates on Oct. 15, so the Vols and Gamecocks could move their scheduled Oct. 29 game to Oct. 15. That would give UT an opening on Oct. 29.

LSU's rescheduled Sept. 3 opener against North Texas is supposed to be played Oct. 29 but that's a relatively meaningless non-conference game. By canceling the North Texas game, LSU could host Tennessee on Oct. 29.

LSU officials obviously want to avoid another delay in playing their home opener. If that isn't possible, though, Oct. 29 looks like the best option for a rescheduling.


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