Georgia football game at Missouri postponed

Coach Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs take the field Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, against the Florida Gators in Jacksonville, Fla.
Coach Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs take the field Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, against the Florida Gators in Jacksonville, Fla.

Credit: Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

Credit: Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

The Georgia-Missouri football game scheduled to be played Saturday in Columbia, Mo. has been postponed.

The postponement was a result of a COVID-19 infection and subsequent quarantine requirements within the Tigers’ program. The game may have to be played Dec. 19, the day of the SEC Championship game, as Missouri already has a make-up game scheduled Dec. 12.

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Georgia coach Kirby Smart had said Tuesday night that he sincerely hoped the game would not get canceled on the heels of the Bulldogs’ 44-28 loss to Florida last week. On the SEC coaches’ conference call Wednesday, he said the Bulldogs will try to make the best of the time they’ve been given.

“The opportunity for us is to get better and that’s what we’re going to challenge ourselves to do today,” he said. “We’ve got a plan to continue to work on us.”

This is the fourth SEC game canceled for this weekend because of COVID-19 issues. The others are Alabama at LSU, Tennessee at Texas A&M and Auburn at Mississippi State. Also, Arkansas coach Sam Pittman has tested positive and will not coach the Razorbacks’ game Saturday at Florida.

Georgia (4-2) plays host to Mississippi State on Nov. 21 (7:30 p.m., SEC Network), and all indications are that game will be played.

“I don’t know anything about Mississippi State’s situation,” Smart said. “(Thursday) we’re working on future opponents and that includes Mississippi State.”

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