One thing we’ve learned so far in this very weird college football season is that COVID-19 can quickly force a team to cancel or postpone games. Charlotte at North Carolina, scheduled for this weekend, was canceled earlier today due to the number of 49ers in quarantine. Same goes for Houston at Memphis, Virginia at Virginia Tech, BYU at Army, and Central Arkansas at Arkansas State.
In an attempt to navigate outbreaks, the SEC is reportedly planning to change the game day roster sizes for this fall. Pete Thamel is reporting that the SEC will adopt a 53-player minimum for game day rosters, which must include one quarterback, seven offensive linemen, and four defensive linemen.
Sources: SEC expected to adopt a 53-player minimum to play games this season. A distinction here is that it’s 53 scholarship players. That’s expected to include minimum of 1 QB, 7 OL and 4 DL. This is still pending final approval, but headed that way.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) September 17, 2020
ICYMI last Saturday, ten Auburn players, including five starters, are sitting out of practice this week after two new cases were found on the team. Mark Stoops said Kentucky is also battling COVID issues, particularly one position group, but if the season opener was this week, the Cats would be able to field a team.
“Nothing we can’t handle, but we’re getting hit with one position group,” Stoops said on his radio show Monday. “It is under control, we could play a game if we had to tomorrow. When we’re scrimmaging. We’re doing good with our testing still, but it does affect you in other ways with contract tracing. Sometimes it’s actually longer with contact tracing than actually testing positive. We’re diligent in how we try to space them out. If you start having some positives and you’re not careful in how you set things up, it can certainly affect your team.”