The Florida Gators got off easy today.
After multiple lightning delays, it's been determined that the Idaho at Florida game from Saturday evening will be indefinitely postponed.
The game was actually kicked off a little under two hours after the original slated kick off time when Florida returned the kick off 64 yards to the Idaho 15 yard line.
The officials then called the players back into the locker room for another lightning delay.
At about 11 p.m. ET it was determined that the game would be postponed.
From Vandal Nation:
"Game officials for the Florida-Idaho football game, as well as athletics directors from both schools, in conjunction with the Southeastern Conference, have determined that the game between the Gators and Vandals has been suspended. This is due to weather, unsafe and unplayable field conditions at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday night."According to the SEC rule book, if a game is suspended before the end of the fourth period and cannot be resumed, there are four possible options:
1. Resume the game at a later date;
2. Terminate the game with a determined final score;
3. Forfeit of the game; or
4. Declare a no contest."The athletics directors from both schools, in consultation with the coaches, must agree on one of the four options listed above. This agreement will include the final score if the game is terminated."If the game is resumed, it will begin with the same time remaining and under the identical conditions of down, distance, field position and player eligibility."
A lot of questions remain for Idaho athletic director Rob Spear. The most important thing is if Idaho will still receive the $950,000 check it was promised for coming down to Gainesville in the first place, which will surely fuel whatever decision Idaho attempts to agree to with Florida.
Even though this was a likely loss, it's a disappointment for Idaho not to get a look at the plethora of freshmen and junior college transfers likely to play in this game. Most importantly, it was disappointing not to get a look at redshirt freshman quarterback Matt Linehan.
Now, Idaho's first game of the season will be next week at UL Monroe, which beat Wake Forest in its season opener this week.
Idaho and Florida both have a bye week on Oct. 25, which now seems like a likely replay date if it were to be made up.