The SEC matchup between Mississippi and Texas A&M this Saturday was expected to have potential playoff implications, but you can put that thought on hold. The game has been postponed.
Per a release from the SEC, the decision to postpone was the result of “a combination of positive tests, contact tracing and subsequent quarantining of individuals within the Ole Miss football program.”
So far, no SEC games have been cancelled, but Ole Miss-Texas A&M is at risk.
“The opportunity to reschedule the game will be contingent on any cancellation of games currently scheduled for December 19 due to COVID-19,” the SEC’s statement read, “otherwise the game will not be played and would be declared a no-contest.”
This is obviously a bigger deal for 7-1 Texas A&M, ranked fifth and hosting the game, than it is for 4-4 Ole Miss. The Aggies need more wins, and another loss from someone else, to sneak into the College Football Playoff. Earlier Monday, Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher said his team was still preparing for the game as usual.
“Right now, we’re preparing as if we’re playing this weekend,” Fisher told reporters. “We’re a full-go and ready to practice today and breaking film down and all that good stuff. For the last two days — as a matter of fact all this weekend and Sunday and everything else.”
But as it stands, this could be the first out of the 70 SEC games scheduled this season to be canceled. If it is, it will still play a role in whether Texas A&M gets a shot at the playoffs, just not in the way that the Aggies had hoped.