Mizzou to play Vanderbilt Saturday after Arkansas game is postponed

Larry Rountree and the Missouri Tigers will face Vanderbilt Saturday after their game against Arkansas was postponed.
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The Missouri football schedule has essentially been an living document all season, and the Tigers were forced to switch things up on the fly again Monday night, postponing this weekend’s matchup with Arkansas and scheduling a game with Vanderbilt, which was free after postponing its game with Tennessee.

The league announced Monday that it has postponed the Arkansas-Missouri game because of combination of positive tests, contact tracing and the resulting quarantining within the Arkansas program.

Vanderbilt and Missouri will now meet Saturday to make up a game that was postponed on Oct. 17.

The SEC is still trying to get in 10 games for all 14 teams, and last week reserved the right to revise the schedule up until 8 p.m. CT on Mondays.

No date has been set for Arkansas-Missouri or Tennessee-Vanderbilt, but Dec. 19 is a possibility for teams not playing in the league championship game.

“As we continue to adapt to the current realities, it important to remain flexible as we move forward in the final weeks of the season,” SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said. “Contact tracing continues to be the biggest contributing factor to game interruptions.

“We will continue to manage the remaining weeks of the football schedule to allow for as many games to be played as possible.”

Arkansas at Missouri is the sixth game scheduled for this weekend that has been postponed because of COVID-19 issues with one of the team, including the Apple Cup between Washington and Washington State.

In Conference USA on Monday, Louisiana Tech at FIU was canceled and Western Kentucky at Charlotte was pushed back from Saturday to Dec. 1. That game will have the unusual 10:30 a.m. ET kickoff time on a Tuesday.

In the previous two weeks, 33 games involving FBS teams have been postponed or canceled, about 27 percent of the schedule.