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Vandy and Mizzou will not play this Saturday

A Covid-19 outbreak amongst the Commodores forces the first SEC cancelation of 2020.

Ernest Jones of the South Carolina Gamecocks rushes Ken Seals of the Vanderbilt Commodores at Vanderbilt Stadium on October 10, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

The Vanderbilt Commodores will not travel to Columbia this weekend to play the Missouri Tigers due to a Covid-19 outbreak amongst the team in Nashville, and has been rescheduled for December 12th. The story was first reported by PowerMizzou.com, and was confirmed by the Southeastern Conference.

The Vanderbilt at Missouri football game of October 17 has been postponed due to positive tests and subsequent quarantining of individuals within the Vanderbilt football program, consistent with Southeastern Conference COVID-19 management requirements. The game is tentatively rescheduled for December 12 in Columbia.

PowerMizzou.com says “The Commodores suited up just 56 scholarship players during their loss to South Carolina last weekend and may be below the threshold of 53 players recommended to play a game.”

Vandy is 0-3 this season, losing to Texas A&M, LSU, and South Carolina by a combined score of 99-26. Mizzou picked up the first big win of Eli Drinkwitz’s SEC career last Saturday, beating LSU 45-41 as 14.5 point underdog.

With neither of these teams expected to compete for the SEC Championship, we’ll see if th game gets played during the built-in bye week of December 12th for just this situation. This is the first conference game since the SEC started play three weeks ago to be rescheduled.