LSU Tigers, Florida Gators game postponed due to increase in positive COVID-19 results


FILE – In this Dec. 5, 2014, file photo, the SEC logo is displayed on the field ahead of the Southeastern Conference championship football game between Alabama and Missouri in Atlanta. The Southeastern Conference will play only league games in 2020 to deal with potential COVID-19 disruptions, a decision that pushes major college football closer to a siloed regular season in which none of the power conferences cross paths(AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Nashville, Tenn. (WKRN)- Vanderbilt’s football game against the Missouri Tigers was postponed earlier this week, now the Southeastern Conference announced that the Florida Gators will not host the LSU Tigers this Saturday. That game has been postponed because of a rise in COVID-19 positive cases.

The game has tentatively been rescheduled for the SEC’s built-in bye week on Dec. 12, which is the week before the SEC championship.

The SEC said on Twitter that the game was postponed after “positive tests & subsequent quarantine of individuals with the Florida FB program.”

Athletic Director Scott Stricklin said right now the team has 18 positives among scholarship players and three walk-ons. Players and staff members who tested positive are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms.

Florida shut down its football program on Tuesday after a number of tests came back positive.

Stricklin said there is suspicion that the trip to play Texas A&M in College Station, Texas, this past weekend is the root of the outbreak. There were also UF players said they had allergy-type symptoms before leaving for the game, those were not reported.

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