The LSU Tigers at Florida Gators football game scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 17 has been postponed, the SEC announced on Wednesday.
The game was postponed due to novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) issues at Florida. The Gators have fallen below the threshold of 53 scholarship student-athletes available to play.
#Gators AD Scott Stricklin says the Florida-LSU game is tentatively rescheduled for Dec. 12.
Florida has "less than 50 scholarship players available currently" with 21 positive cases.
"We think the trip to College Station was the root of it."
— Zach Abolverdi (@ZachAbolverdi) October 14, 2020
Florida paused football activities yesterday among a report of 19 positive tests and another 10 players in quarantine.
“Our priority is the health and well-being of our student-athletes and staff,” LSU Director of Athletics Scott Woodward said in a statement. “The decision to reschedule the game comes as a result of close coordination and cooperation with the University of Florida and SEC officials and we are in full support. It is disappointing for everyone, but prudent. We wish all those at Florida who may be impacted the very best.”
Per the release from the SEC, the contest joins the Vanderbilt-Missouri game in having tentatively been rescheduled for Saturday, Dec. 12. All SEC teams were scheduled to be off on Dec. 12 prior to the SEC Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 19.
LSU will next take the field to host the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday, Oct. 24 in a 5:00 (Eastern) start. The Tigers will then battle their fellow Tigers from Auburn in Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Oct. 31.
The 10th-ranked Gators are scheduled to host Missouri on Saturday, Oct. 24, before a bye the following week.