Georgia-Missouri the fourth SEC game to be postponed this weekend due to COVID-19

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No. 12 Georgia’s game at Missouri on November 14 became the fourth SEC game scheduled for this weekend that was postponed due to COVID-19 issues within various league programs.The game was postponed after a combination of positive tests, contact tracing and subsequent quarantining of individuals with the Missouri football program made the Tigers unfit for competition this weekend.SEC COVID-19 management requirements stipulate that a team has 53 scholarship players available, or at least seven offensive lineman, four defensive lineman, and a quarterback.Though Missouri did not specify which of those guidelines they failed to meet, Tigers head coach Eli Drinkwitz confirmed during the SEC coaches media teleconference on Wednesday that Missouri is “below the threshold at a position.” “We have been transparent with our numbers,” said Drinkwitz. “We test every three days and we have new issues every three days. The plan is to do what we can to play at but to answer ten days out, with this pandemic, is too far unknown; But we should have guys back to play.” “Mental agility is definitely the definition of 2020,” Kirby Smart said on the coaches teleconference, shortly after the news of Saturday’s postponement was announced. “We’ve got a plan to work on us and we’ve got plenty to work on. The good thing is we get to do some things against each other and compete and it’s always better when you get to do that rather than work on an opponent all week.” Because Missouri has a game tentatively scheduled for Dec. 12 against Vanderbilt, the opportunity to reschedule the Georgia at Missouri game will need to be evaluated. The rescheduling of games on the remaining SEC football schedule may include December 19 as a playing date, the same day as the SEC Championship.No. 1 Alabama at LSU, No. 5 Texas A&M at Tennessee and No. 24 Auburn at Mississippi St. have already been postponed for this weekend as well, leaving just three SEC games that will be played on Saturday.

No. 12 Georgia’s game at Missouri on November 14 became the fourth SEC game scheduled for this weekend that was postponed due to COVID-19 issues within various league programs.

The game was postponed after a combination of positive tests, contact tracing and subsequent quarantining of individuals with the Missouri football program made the Tigers unfit for competition this weekend.

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SEC COVID-19 management requirements stipulate that a team has 53 scholarship players available, or at least seven offensive lineman, four defensive lineman, and a quarterback.

Though Missouri did not specify which of those guidelines they failed to meet, Tigers head coach Eli Drinkwitz confirmed during the SEC coaches media teleconference on Wednesday that Missouri is “below the threshold at a position.”

“We have been transparent with our numbers,” said Drinkwitz. “We test every three days and we have new issues every three days. The plan is to do what we can to play at [South Carolina on Nov. 21] but to answer ten days out, with this pandemic, is too far unknown; But we should have guys back to play.”

“Mental agility is definitely the definition of 2020,” Kirby Smart said on the coaches teleconference, shortly after the news of Saturday’s postponement was announced. “We’ve got a plan to work on us and we’ve got plenty to work on. The good thing is we get to do some things against each other and compete and it’s always better when you get to do that rather than work on an opponent all week.”

Because Missouri has a game tentatively scheduled for Dec. 12 against Vanderbilt, the opportunity to reschedule the Georgia at Missouri game will need to be evaluated. The rescheduling of games on the remaining SEC football schedule may include December 19 as a playing date, the same day as the SEC Championship.

No. 1 Alabama at LSU, No. 5 Texas A&M at Tennessee and No. 24 Auburn at Mississippi St. have already been postponed for this weekend as well, leaving just three SEC games that will be played on Saturday.

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