It seems like all of the news coming out of the SEC this week all had to do with the COVID-19 virus. In particular, how the virus has affected College Football's premiere conference tremendously after a relatively quiet first three weeks. There was no bigger headline than the most accomplished coach in the game, Nick Saban, had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Not only did Saban test positive but the Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne also tested positive. Thankfully Saban has not experienced any symptoms and we hope he and everybody else who is affected recovers quickly. It does put into question though what will happen with the marquee matchup of the week when #3 Georgia visits #2 Alabama. As of publication, this game is still on and we will keep you updated if anything changes.
Saban has never lost to one of his former assistants going 21-0. That will be on the line in this game as Alabama faces Georgia head coach Kirby Smart who was Saban's former defensive coordinator. Even though Saban won't be at the game to coach, the result of this game will count against his record. NCAA spokesman Dave Worlock said that if a coach is temporarily sick, that the win or loss counts to that coaches record. This is the first game Saban has missed as Alabama head coach.
That wasn't the only COVID-19 related news in the SEC. The first game in the conference to be postponed because of the virus was the Missouri-Vanderbilt game. A school needs 56 scholarship athletes to play and Vanderbilt reportedly only had 53 because several players have had to quarantine. It was the 28th game to be cancelled or postponed since August 26 because of the virus. This game has been rescheduled for December 12.
That wasn't the last SEC game to get postponed this week. After both Florida and LSU lost last week, it was announced the Gators saw a spike in coronavirus cases. Florida reported 18 cases among scholarship players. While most cases have been described as mild or asymptomatic, the cases spread rapidly. The game will also be postponed until December 12 which is a bye week before the SEC championship game. With the rising cases among every conference across the country, it is getting harder to see how games will be able to be played if more and more get postponed. Will games get pushed out to January and beyond? What is for certain is that we will update you of the developments as the season moves on.