Due to a COVID-19 outbreak in Florida, the Georgia Bulldogs schedule has changed. Georgia is now set to take on the Kentucky Wildcats on Oct. 31, the SEC announced. The game is played on Noon ET and broadcast on the SEC Network.
Originally, the game against Kentucky was set for next weekend, October 24th. However, Kentucky will now play Missouri next Saturday. The Tigers were originally set to play Florida on October 24, but the Gators now have an open week both this week and next week.
NEWS The SEC adjusts dates and times for more games on its upcoming football schedule following the postponement of two games this week due to positive tests and quarantine of persons related to COVID-19. https://t.co/Kt3HpXq16C
– Southeast Conference (@SEC) 16 October 2020
Georgia was originally set to have its off-week on October 31, the week before the Florida game. Now both teams are away from next weekend and both teams will play on October 31st. That’s when Florida’s rematch against Missouri takes place.
The Gators announced that 18 scholarship players tested positive earlier in the week shortly after the suspension of the Florida LSU game. That competition will now be played on December 12th.
Georgia coach Kirby Smart was asked how his team fared in terms of COVID-19 earlier this week.
“Really no way to tell. The biggest thing is that you are a day away, a test away, a situation away from a possible situation that Florida is in, ”Smart said. “We have been very lucky. I think Ron (Courson) and the medical staff have done a great job for us. ”
Smart added that he felt his team did a good job at this point.
“We want our players to do a good job, but I want to be honest with you when they are not here at the facility, I do not always know what they are doing,” said Smart. “The biggest concern we have is after the game on Sunday. Then they are back in a routine Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.
“You’re an exposure, an outburst away from losing some guys. We have been lucky so far, but we do not have all our test results left this week. ”
Georgia’s opponent this weekend is dealing with his own COVID-19 issues as Alabama coach Nick Saban tested positive on Wednesday. Another test performed on Thursday came back negative. If Saban’s test results, taken at 24-hour intervals, Friday and Saturday come back negative, there is still an opportunity for him to train on Saturday.
Alabama has not announced any positive COVID-19 test scores for its players, and as of the release of this article, the Georgia-Alabama game is still underway. It’s scheduled for 8pm ET on CBS Saturday night.
Georgia posted a video from its Twitter account Friday night stating it got on the plane to take off for Tuscaloosa, Ala.
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