Here we go again: LSU-Alabama, normally one of the biggest football games of the year, is in danger of not happening because of a recent COVID-19 outbreak at LSU.
Brody Miller of The Athletic reports that there are four positive cases on LSU, that there are “many” more players who are out due to contact tracing, and that LSU has just one scholarship QB (TJ Finley) and no long snappers or tight ends eligible for Saturday’s game. They are in danger of falling below the threshold of 53 scholarship players. We’ll know more by tomorrow.
Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated reports that a Halloween party played a role in the outbreak:
Team is very thin at defensive back and quarterback.
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) November 9, 2020
The silver lining is that, unlike the Big Ten, the SEC schedule had buffer space in their schedule for inevitable cancellations. LSU is also in rebuilding mode, so this game will not garner the attention or the high stakes that it so often does.