The SEC announced on Monday afternoon that the Missouri – Vanderbilt game scheduled to be played in Columbia on Saturday has officially been postponed and rescheduled for December 12 after Vanderbilt received positive test results. This is the first SEC game to be postponed or rescheduled this season.
The December 12 open date is the Saturday prior to the scheduled SEC Championship game and was built into the unique SEC schedule this season for any postponed games to be made up.
NEWS: The Vanderbilt at Missouri FB game of Oct. 17 is postponed due to positive tests & subsequent quarantine of individuals within the Vanderbilt FB program. The action is consistent with SEC COVID-19 management requirements. The game is tentatively rescheduled for Dec. 12.
— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) October 12, 2020
If there’s one SEC team that couldn’t suffer a setback like this it was Vanderbilt. The Commodores simply do not have the personnel and deep depth charts like other teams around the SEC and with a number of players opting out prior to the start of the season, Vandy could be looking at a serious test as to just finishing this season.
Vandy only had 56 scholarship players dressed out for their game against South Carolina this past weekend. The recommended threshold to be able to play is 53 scholarship players.
Vanderbilt’s original bye week was scheduled for October 24, so it’ll now have two weeks off to get healthy. The ‘Dores next play Ole Miss in Oxford on Halloween.
Missouri is scheduled to play at Florida on October 24.