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New SEC policy clears space for Mizzou-Georgia game

New SEC policy clears space for Mizzou-Georgia game

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Missouri head football coach Eli Drinkwitz walks on the field during warmups before a Southeastern Conference game Saturday at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. [Calvin Mattheis/Knoxville News Sentinel]

The Southeastern Conference announced several policies Friday to allow for more flexible football scheduling for the rest of the season. With four of Saturday’s seven scheduled games postponed because of COVID cases within SEC programs — including Missouri’s home game against No. 12 Georgia — the league will now allow teams to schedule regular-season games on Dec. 19, the day of the SEC championship game in Atlanta, provided the teams aren't eligible to play for the league championship.

That could become the day Mizzou hosts Georgia, depending on how the next several weeks unfold. MU’s home game against Vanderbilt has already been tentatively slated for Dec. 12, the SEC’s universal bye week. As long as Georgia (4-2) and Missouri (2-3) aren’t representing the SEC East in Atlanta — No. 6 Florida (4-1) is in control of the division for now — they would be able to meet on Dec. 19 in Columbia.

As of Friday, all games planned for Nov. 21 will be played as scheduled, the SEC announced. But all games scheduled for after Nov. 21 are now subject to weekly evaluation in order to reschedule games that have been postponed.

Mizzou is scheduled to play at South Carolina on Nov. 21. From there, the rest of MU’s slate is subject to change: Nov. 28 at home against Arkansas, Dec. 5 at Mississippi State and Dec. 12 against Vanderbilt.  

Also, going forward, the SEC may revise the weekly football schedule up to 8 p.m. CT on Mondays prior to Saturday games to maximize the number of games played. The games subject to rescheduling would only be games on a team’s original schedule and against opponents that a team has not yet played.

“It has been a goal of the SEC to play a complete football schedule provided we maintain a healthy environment for student-athletes and everyone around our football programs,” SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said. “The added flexibility of a December 19 playing date for teams that do not qualify for the SEC Football Championship and the ability to adjust opponents on five-day notification provide a greater opportunity for our schools to play a full schedule of games in 2020.”

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