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LSU-Florida game postponed after positive COVID tests for several Gator players

The game is tentatively rescheduled for Dec. 12, the SEC announced Wednesday.
LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron looks on against the Florida Gators during the fourth quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Photo: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

NEW ORLEANS — The LSU-Florida football game scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 17 has been postponed until December 12 after more than a dozen Gator football players tested positive for COVID-19, causing the school to pause football activities, the SEC announced Wednesday.

"The LSU at Florida FB game of Oct. 17 is postponed due to positive tests & subsequent quarantine of individuals within the Florida FB program. The action is consistent with SEC COVID-19 management requirements," said the SEC in a Tweet. "The game is tentatively rescheduled for Dec. 12."

Earlier in the week, University of Florida Athletic Director Scott Stricklin in a statement said the move to pause workouts and meetings was made "out of an abundance of caution."

Stricklin said Tuesday he had spoken with LSU and Texas A&M, the Gator's next scheduled opponents and its most recent, respectively.

Gators' head coach Dan Mullen had previously said he wanted to "pack the Swamp' with 90,000 fans for the game against LSU, which was scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday in Gainseville.

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