We’re only one day through the work week and already two Power 5 college football games have been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This week’s postponements bring to five the total number of Power 5 games that have been postponed this season — including the first in the SEC. In all, 31 FBS games have been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic in the 2020 season.
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Sporting News is tracking all the Power 5 games that have been postponed for Week 7 and will keep a running schedule of every remaining Power 5 team:
Postponed Week 7 college football games
No. 7 Oklahoma State at Baylor
The Big 12 Conference on Sunday announced the postponement of the Cowboys-Bears game in Waco, Texas, due to an outbreak within the Bears program. The game will be rescheduled for Saturday, Dec. 12; the conference’s championship game is scheduled for that weekend or Dec. 19, depending on which teams will compete in the championship.
Per the Big 12’s release:
“The Big 12 Conference announces the postponement of the Saturday, Oct. 17, Oklahoma State at Baylor football game. Upon the recommendation of medical advisors, Baylor is suspending football operations temporarily after multiple positive COVID-19 test results. The game has been rescheduled for Saturday, December 12. The Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship remains tentatively scheduled for Dec. 12 or 19 pending game results needed to determine the championship game participants.”
Baylor halted all football operations Thursday “to allow for further evaluation of recent positive tests and the completion of close contact tracing, with the hope of playing the Cowboys the ensuing week.” Three days later, the Bears were forced to postpone because of “significant increase in positive COVID-19 cases,” which caused an unnamed position group to fall below the Big 12’s minimum threshold of available players.
Baylor did not initially report how many players produced positive coronavirus test results but, per a report from Max Olson of The Athletic, that number includes 28 football players and 14 team staffers.
Sunday’s announcement marks the third game involving Baylor that has been postponed or canceled this season. The first came in Week 2, when the Bears’ scheduled game against Louisiana Tech was indefinitely postponed because 38 Bulldogs players tested positive for the coronavirus after Hurricane Laura hit the state of Louisiana.
Ten days later, Baylor’s scheduled game against Houston — organized after the Louisiana Tech opener was canceled — was also postponed because of the Bears “not meeting the Big 12 Conference COVID-19 game cancellation thresholds.” The Big 12 earlier in the month had mandated that all teams must be able to field a 53-player roster order to play a game.
Vanderbilt at Missouri
The SEC on Monday announced that this game, to be held in Columbia, Mo., was postponed to Dec. 12 following positive tests among Vanderbilt players. It is the first postponed game of the season in the SEC.
NEWS: The Vanderbilt at Missouri FB game of Oct. 17 is postponed due to positive tests & subsequent quarantine of individuals within the Vanderbilt FB program. The action is consistent with SEC COVID-19 management requirements. The game is tentatively rescheduled for Dec. 12.
— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) October 12, 2020
Per a release from Vanderbilt, the cancellation was necessitated by a lack of available scholarship players (the SEC requires a minimum of 53, same as the Big 12) due to quarantine of affected players and contact tracing.
“Due to a lack of available scholarship student-athletes, the Oct. 17 football game at Missouri will be postponed to a later date. The action is consistent with Southeastern Conference COVID-19 management requirements developed by the SEC’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force, which includes a minimum threshold of at least 53 scholarship student-athletes available to participate. The shortage of available scholarship student-athletes is due to the quarantining of individuals with positive tests and those designated as close contacts, along with injuries and opt-outs.”
Per a report from The Athletic’s Nicole Auerbach, Vanderbilt nearly missed that threshold in a 41-7 loss to South Carolina in Week 6.
Week 7 Power 5 college football schedule
Saturday, Oct. 17
|Game||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|No. 1 Clemson at Georgia Tech||Noon||ABC|
|Pitt at No. 13 Miami||Noon||ACC Network|
|No .15 Auburn at South Carolina||Noon||ESPN|
|Kentucky at No. 18 Tennessee||Noon||SEC Network|
|Kansas at West Virginia||Noon||Fox|
|Louisville at No. 4 Notre Dame||2:30 p.m||NBC|
|LSU at No. 10 Florida||3:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|Duke at N.C. State||3:30 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Ole Miss at Arkansas||3:30 p.m.||ESPN2|
|No. 11 Texas A&M at Mississippi State||4 p.m.||SECN|
|Virginia at Wake Forest||4 p.m.||ACCN|
|No. 5 North Carolina at Florida State||7:30 p.m.||ABC|
|No. 3 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama||8 p.m.||CBS|
|Boston College at No. 23 Virginia Tech||8 p.m.||ACCN|