- The No. 10 ranked Florida Gators vs. the LSU Tigers game originally set for Saturday has been postponed indefinitely after positive tests from the Florida program.
- Florida has 21 positive results amongst players and staff.
- The game has been rescheduled for December 12.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The coronavirus has affected the SEC in a major way as the Florida Gators vs. the LSU Tigers game has been postponed due to positive test results out of Florida.
The Gators saw 21 positive cases amongst student-athletes and staff. A total of 18 positive tests came from scholarship athletes, with another 3 positives coming from walk-on players. All have been sent home and are either asymptomatic or have minor symptoms.
The game has been pushed back to December 12, where both teams have a bye week. Online sportsbooks have taken down the odds for the game.
The major announcement by the SEC has shocked the NCAA college football betting world. This is the first game of the season that has been postponed by the SEC.
NEWS: The LSU at Florida FB game of Oct. 17 is postponed due to positive tests & subsequent quarantine of individuals within the Florida FB program. The action is consistent with SEC COVID-19 management requirements. The game is tentatively rescheduled for Dec. 12.
— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) October 14, 2020
The names of the players affected have not been released to the public at this time. Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin expressed that they would move to test player’s every day moving forward, instead of the Sunday-Tuesday-Thursday testing they were doing.
“We saw a spike of positive tests on Sunday’s test and saw a couple of guys showing symptoms, some flu and cold symptoms. Instead of doing Sunday-Tuesday-Thursday testing, we are testing every day,” said Stricklin.
The odds have been removed from legal sports betting sites and the odds for the December 12 rescheduled game have not yet been posted.
With the 21 positive cases, as well as the injured players on the roster, Florida has less than 50 available scholarship players currently.
This is a major blow to the SEC as the season has just managed to begin, and Florida is a top 10 ranked organization.
Florida just recently lost against the Texas A&M Aggies. It is expected that Texas A&M will be tested as well as they were the last team to come in contact with Florida.
This situation could snowball into several more postponed games. However, this isn’t the first time a game has been rescheduled this year. On opening day of college football, the Virginia Cavilers vs. Virginia Tech Hokies game had to be postponed.
This is a first for the SEC, however, and schedules for each team may have to be adjusted as further testing continues.
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