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AP Top 25 college football poll feels effects of Hurricane Matthew

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Georgia’s Reggie Davis runs the ball behind the blocking of Brendan Douglas (22) in a game against Ole Miss on Sept. 24.
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As Hurricane Matthew continued to sweep northward along the Florida coast, college football officials scrambled to make further adjustments to the weekend schedule

The Associated Press announced Friday that it would release its Top 25 poll on Monday — 24 hours later than normal —  to allow for the postponed Georgia-South Carolina game.

With Georgia listed among the “other teams receiving votes,” that matchup in Columbia, S.C., could have an effect on the rankings. It was shifted to Sunday afternoon to allow the storm to pass.

So far, the biggest college game to be postponed has been Louisiana State at Florida, and LSU officials seem increasingly pessimistic about the chances of rescheduling.

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The teams have different open dates in their schedules, which means they would probably have to buy out a nonconference opponent to create a slot.

That would be costly and, in LSU’s case, would leave the Tigers with a tough stretch of three Southeastern Conference road games.

“There’s really not a lot of opportunities to make it up,” LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva said on Thursday. “It would be very difficult to give up a home game to make up this game. It would be very difficult.”

Alleva repeated that sentiment during a Friday appearance on ESPN radio.

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If LSU and Florida end up with one fewer game than other SEC teams — and either ends up at the top of its division standings — the conference might have to resort to a controversial tiebreaker.

david.wharton@latimes.com

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