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 October 31, the SEC announced. The game will be played on Noon ET and aired on the SEC Network.
Originally, the game against Kentucky is set for next weekend, October 24. However, Kentucky will now play in Missouri next Saturday. The Tigers are originally set to play Florida on October 24 but the Gators already have an open week for both this week and next week.
NEWS | The SEC is adjusting the dates and times of many games in the upcoming football schedule following the postponement of two games this week due to the positive review and quarantine of individuals associated with COVID-19.https: //t.co/ Kt3HpXq16C
– Southeheast Conference (@SEC) October 16, 2020
Georgia was originally set to have its off week on October 31, a week before the Florida game. Now both teams will leave next weekend, and both teams will play on October 31. That is when Florida’s scheduled game against Missouri takes place.
The Gators announced that 18 scholar players tested positive earlier this week shortly after the Florida-LSU game was suspended. That tournament will be played on December 12th.
Georgia coach Kirby Smart was asked how his team was doing about COVID-19 earlier this week.
“There really is no way to say. The biggest thing is you are one day away, a test away, a situation far from a possible situation like Florida,” Smart said. “We are very lucky. I think Ron (Courson) and the medical staff did a great job for us. “
Smart added that he felt that his team was doing a great job up to this point.
“We feel like our players are doing a great job but I will be honest with you when they are not here at the facility that I do not always know what they are doing,” Smart said. “Our biggest concern was the post-game, Sunday. Then they returned to a routine Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.
“You are an exposure, an outbreak far from the loss of a few people. We are lucky so far but we do not have all of our test results this week.”
Georgia’s opponent this weekend is discussing its own issues with COVID-19, as Alabama coach Nick Saban tested positive on Wednesday. The second test conducted on Thursday returned negative. If the results of Saban’s test, which took 24 hours apart, on Friday and Saturday returned negatively there is still a possibility that he will coach on Saturday.
Alabama has not announced any positive COVID-19 test results for its players and as of the publication of this article, the Georgia-Alabama game is still going strong. It is scheduled for 8 pm ET on CBS on Saturday night.
Georgia posted a video from its Twitter account on Friday night indicating it boarded a plane to head to Tuscaloosa, Ala.
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