SEC fans are starting to get used to only having four games to watch each Saturday.
This week is projected to have just four games once again, as the league postponed Saturday’s
Alabama-LSU and Texas A&M-Tennessee games as a result of COVID-19 testing on Tuesday.
They had already postponed Auburn’s game against Mississippi State on Monday. LSU, Texas
A&M and Mississippi State are all dealing with multiple positive tests and contact tracing
Tennessee’s game against the Aggies and Auburn’s game against the Bulldogs have both been
tentatively rescheduled for Dec. 12. LSU is currently scheduled to play Florida on that date.
“Because LSU has a game tentatively scheduled for December 12, the opportunity to reschedule
the Alabama at LSU game will need to be evaluated,” the SEC statement said. “The rescheduling
of games on the remaining SEC football schedule may include December 19 as a playing date.”
Texas A&M had opened as a 12-point favorite against the Vols and jumped to -13.5 before the
COVID-19 news broke on Monday. The line subsequently plummeted all the way to -7 on
Tuesday afternoon before the game was finally postponed.
Alabama was priced as a 28-point favorite against LSU and Auburn was a 14.5-point favorite
against Mississippi State. The Crimson Tide was -22 initially on Sunday before moving to 28.
All 14 SEC athletic directors reportedly agreed that Dec. 19 should be used as a makeup date for
any teams that are not playing in the conference title game that day. LSU had fallen below the
53-scholarship player minimum that is required by the league due to positive tests, injuries and
contact tracing, according to ESPN.
“We are disappointed there will be no football in Tiger Stadium this weekend,” LSU athletic
director Scott Woodward said. “But we will always prioritize the health and wellness of our
student-athletes. We will continue to follow the league’s protocols in order to safely and
responsibly return to play.”
Later on Tuesday, Auburn announced 12 positive tests and that it was pausing all team activities.
Alabama is a -400 favorite to win the SEC this season and is a +175 ‘chalk’ to win the College
Football Playoff. Florida is +250 to win the SEC and Texas A&M is a 16/1 longshot.
CBS announced Tuesday afternoon that it won’t televised an SEC game in the normal 3:30 ET. slot.