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Another Florida Gators game moved due to COVID-19

UF-Missouri will not be next weekend as originally scheduled; instead they’ll play on Halloween.
Missouri defensive lineman Tre Williams (93) sacks Florida quarterback Kyle Trask (11) during the second half of a 2018 game in Gainesville. Missouri won 38-17.
Missouri defensive lineman Tre Williams (93) sacks Florida quarterback Kyle Trask (11) during the second half of a 2018 game in Gainesville. Missouri won 38-17. [ PHELAN M. EBENHACK | AP ]
Published Oct. 16, 2020
Updated Oct. 16, 2020

The Florida Gators' coronavirus outbreak has caused another scheduling change.

No. 10 UF’s home game against Missouri has been pushed back a week to Oct. 31 because of the program’s ongoing outbreak, the SEC announced Friday night. It will kick off at 7:30 and air on the SEC Network Alternate channel.

Friday’s decision has been expected since the Gators had to postpone this week’s home game against defending national champion LSU this weekend because they didn’t have enough available players. That game is scheduled for Dec. 12.

SEC guidelines call for teams to have at least 53 available scholarship players, but UF was below 50 because of positive tests, quarantined players and others who are out for unrelated issues (like injuries).

As of Wednesday afternoon, UF had 18 scholarship players who had tested positive plus three walk-ons. At least two assistants had also tested positive, and all football activities have been suspended. All infected people were either asymptomatic or experiencing only mild symptoms, athletic director Scott Stricklin said then.

It’s the latest scheduling adjustment for Missouri. The Tigers were supposed to play Vanderbilt on Saturday, but that game was moved because of a Commodores outbreak. As part of the changes, Missouri’s game against Kentucky was moved up a week to Oct. 24, and Georgia-Kentucky was moved to Oct. 31. That means both the Gators and Bulldogs have a scheduled game before their Nov. 7 rivalry meeting in Jacksonville.