COLUMBIA — The Southeastern Conference has flipped two games on Missouri's schedule to try to continue the football season with as little disturbance as possible after two games were postponed this week.
The Tigers (1-2) were scheduled to host Vanderbilt this week and play at Florida next week, but both the Commodores and Gators had coronavirus issues pushing their scholarship rosters below the SEC threshold of 53 players.
According to a release from the SEC, Missouri will still be off today, will host Kentucky (1-2) at 3 p.m. next Saturday on SEC Network and will travel to Florida (2-1) for a 6:30 p.m. kick Oct. 31, preserving the Nov. 7 bye as previously scheduled. The Tigers and Vanderbilt and LSU-Florida will be made up Dec. 12, a move the SEC announced earlier this week.
Power Mizzou was first to report the schedule change Friday evening.
Missouri's remaining schedule looks like this: Oct. 17 Bye; Oct. 24 vs. Kentucky, 3 p.m.; Oct. 31 at Florida, 6:30 p.m.; Nov. 7 Bye; Nov. 14 vs. Georgia, TBD; Nov. 21 at South Carolina, TBD; Nov. 28 vs. Arkansas, TBD; Dec. 5 at Mississippi State, TBD; Dec. 12 vs. Vanderbilt, TBD.
Florida had 18 scholarship players test positive and as many as 30 total players and coaches quarantining because of positive test results or close contact earlier this week, and began testing daily after a few positive tests Sunday once the team had returned from a 41-38 loss at Texas A&M. The Gators will be off for two Saturdays before hosting Missouri on Halloween.
Vanderbilt was just above the scholarship minimum for available players for last Saturday's 41-7 home loss to South Carolina, and head coach Derek Mason said earlier this week the Commodores were in the 40s as far as scholarship attendance at practice.
As a result, Georgia will now play Oct. 31 at Kentucky, moved back a week, and will have a bye next week to make room for the re-shuffling of games.
The SEC has not yet announced times or networks for the two games to be played Dec. 12, the conference-wide bye the weekend before the SEC Championship.