SEC revamps December schedule to make up for postponed games

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Vanderbilt's Sarah Fuller, right, kicks off as Ryan McCord (27) holds to start the second half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. With the kick, Fuller became the first female to play in a Southeastern Conference football game. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

The Southeastern Conference has announced a revamped schedule for Dec. 12 and Dec. 19, including Vanderbilt's game at No. 11 Georgia that could not be played as scheduled on Saturday because of coronavirus concerns.

The rescheduled games announced Friday were made necessary following postponements due to the SEC's COVID-19 protocols.

Vanderbilt was forced to postpone Saturday's game at Georgia because the Commodores’ roster fell below minimum requirements. The game has been rescheduled for Dec. 19.

With Vanderbilt’s specialists unable to participate at Missouri last week due to the COVID-19 protocols, Sarah Fuller made history as the first woman to play in a Power Five conference game. Fuller kicked off to open the second half of Missouri’s 41-0 win and was expected to be in uniform again for the game against Georgia.

The COVID-19 concerns are not limited to the SEC.

No. 3 Ohio State appeared to be on track to play after school officials canceled last week’s trip to Illinois due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. Ohio State said Friday in a statement it was prepared to travel Friday to East Lansing, Michigan, for its Saturday game against Michigan State.

No. 13 Oklahoma also appears set to get back on the field after its game last week against West Virginia was postponed. The Sooners host Baylor on Saturday.

This week, 12 of 56 games scheduled were postponed or canceled. That number of percentage is down from recent weeks and included Washington at No. 17 USC, which was pushed back from Friday to Sunday. It also includes No. 25 Liberty being unable to play at No. 12 Coastal Carolina. No. 8 BYU has stepped into to replace the Flames, who had COVID-19 issues.