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LSU-Alabama in Limbo With LSU COVID Outbreak

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:

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.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.

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  1. #1 – LSU already used their buffer space for the FLA game, so if cancelled, there won’t be a “make-up” date
    #2 – Should be called a “forfeit” not a cancellation, there needs to be an L and a W assigned for it
    #3 – Man up, take your ass-whoopin that’s coming LSU, and chalk this one up to “character building” for your team. Roll Tide.

    • You sir, just went full Forest! We will be happy to take the L so as long as you have to wait another year to exact revenge. That is about as unsportsmanlike that I could muster without congratulating you on the free, unearned W.

      • “We gon’ beat their ass in recruiting, we gon’ beat their ass every time they see us! You understand that?!” screams Orgeron, followed by the money quote. “ROLL TIDE, WHAT?! F— YOU!”

        And this season he’s afraid to show up due to the flu? Whatever Jim Bob.

          • While it will be disappointing missing out on the chance to see Saban teabag Coach O on live TV this season, there’s still the opportunity to bet on which “first defending National Champion to” stats the Tigers will accomplish this year. Quite the record they’ve got so far after 5 games…assuming we are counting that win over Vanderbilt as a game. And no, there’s not much joy in drubbing a basketball school…you must have Alabama confused with Ohio State.

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