The SEC has officially postponed Florida’s matchup this weekend against the LSU Tigers due to positive COVID-19 tests and mandatory quarantining protocols.
After numerous reports indicated a postponement was a serious possibility, the SEC released the following statement on its official Twitter page, noting that the game has been tentatively rescheduled for Dec. 12.
“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 SEC stated. “The action is consistent with SEC COVID-19 management requirements. The game is tentatively rescheduled for Dec. 12.”
This move comes after 18 scholarship players, three walk-ons, and two assistant coaches at Florida reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.
Had the SEC moved forward with the game, the Gators would have less than 50 scholarship players available against the Tigers.
“We’ve reached a point where we don’t think it’s appropriate to try to play the game this weekend,” Florida AD Scott Stricklin said today.
After the fourth-ranked Gators were upset by Texas A&M in front of a large crowd at Kyle Field this past weekend, Florida head coach Dan Mullen used his postgame press conference to ask the school’s administration to open up Ben Hill Griffin Stadium to a maximum capacity crowd against LSU this weekend.
Instead, Florida announced Tuesday that five football players had tested positive, followed by Stricklin suspending all football activities just a few hours later, adding that the situation would be re-evaluated on Wednesday.
This is the second SEC game to be postponed this week, with Missouri vs. Vanderbilt also getting pushed back due to positive COVID-19 tests.