The game, which was originally scheduled for 9 p.m. Eastern, will now start at 12 p.m. and will be televised by the SEC Network Alternate (streaming via the ESPN app).
“Due to the impending impact of Hurricane Delta on Louisiana and the surrounding area, it is in the best interests of the safety of all concerned to move the game to Columbia,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. “It was important to move the game to an SEC campus where SEC COVID-19 administrative logs are in place and easily applicable. I appreciate the collaboration of the schools working closely together to make the appropriate operational adjustments to prioritize the health and safety of our sports students and to accommodate this change in the schedule. “
The SEC also announced Thursday that the kick-off time for Saturday’s game between Alabama and hosts Mississippi has been rescheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Eastern “to provide a prognosis for better game conditions.” Delta’s remains are likely to create damp conditions in Oxford on Saturday night, with steady rain and sustained breezes as the weakened storm system crosses. The game will be televised by ESPN as originally planned.
The University of Louisiana game against Coastal Carolina, originally scheduled for Saturday lunchtime, has been postponed for 7:30 p.m. east on Wednesday.
Brooks Kubena of the Advocate reported Tuesday that LSU and Missouri were discussing playing the game in a neutral location – options were Shreveport, La .; Houston; or Arlington, Texas – before it was decided that moving to Missouri was the most realistic plan, even though both teams share an open November 7th appointment. The Tigers met Alabama a week later and probably didn’t want to give up the extra week of preparation.
Delta hit Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula as a dangerous Category 4 hurricane on Wednesday. According to the latest forecasts from the National Hurricane Center, it will reorganize over the Gulf of Mexico on Friday night and likely land as a Category 2 storm on the Louisiana Gulf Coast.
The New Orleans Saints will remain in place as they schedule Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers, according to the Athletic. Earlier this week there were reports that the NFL team was considering weathering the storm in Indianapolis – and possibly playing its week 5 game – but the storm’s stretch looks like it will spare New Orleans.
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