NCAA Football: Florida at Louisiana State

The Week 7 matchup between No. 10 Florida and LSU has been postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the Gators football program. A make-up date for the game has been scheduled for Dec. 12. 

Florida initially reported five positive COVID-19 tests within the football team on Tuesday morning, forcing the team to pause organized football activities. As of Wednesday morning, however, that number to 18 scholarship players as well as three walk ons, according to athletic director Scott Stricklin.

Gators coach Dan Mullen confirmed to reporters that two assistants had also tested positive. All positives have been either asymptomatic or experienced mild symptoms, according to Stricklin.

Those who test positive for COVID-19 must go into isolation for at least 10 days while those deemed to have come into close contact with those cases must quarantine for 14 days. Stricklin said the program has suspended team activities indefinitely and will continue daily testing.

There are also roster minimums teams must meet in order to compete. Per SEC guidelines, a team must have at least seven offensive linemen, one quarterback and four defensive linemen within the 53-man roster minimums. With the amount of positive tests and contact tracing, Florida was under 50 scholarship players on the roster, according to Stricklin.

Florida had been administering daily tests since the uptick in positive cases, the latest coming on Wednesday morning. The inability to practice Wednesday coupled with the roster concerns led to the postponement. 

The postponement marks the second SEC game after Vanderbilt-Missouri and the 29th FBS game to be moved due to COVID-19. 

Though Florida's outbreak is the cause of the postponement, LSU probably isn't terribly upset about moving the date. Starting quarterback Myles Brennan was confirmed by coach Ed Orgeron to be doubtful for the game due to an injury he suffered against Missouri