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Missouri game postponed

Well. That was fast.

NCAA Football: Missouri at Vanderbilt Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Vanderbilt Commodores, already 0-3 on the season, will have to wait a bit before trying to break into the win column for the first time this season.

The Commodores’ Saturday game at Missouri has been postponed until a later date, according to a press release from the athletic department on Monday.

Due to a lack of available scholarship student-athletes, the Oct. 17 football game at Missouri will be postponed to a later date. The action is consistent with Southeastern Conference COVID-19 management requirements developed by the SEC’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force, which includes a minimum threshold of at least 53 scholarship student-athletes available to participate. The shortage of available scholarship student-athletes is due to the quarantining of individuals with positive tests and those designated as close contacts, along with injuries and opt-outs.

Vanderbilt reportedly only had 56 scholarship players available for Saturday’s game against South Carolina, and it seems there must have been additional players ruled out for Saturday’s game in the interim.

Vanderbilt and Missouri don’t share an off date during the season, but the league-wide off date on December 12 presumably exists for makeup games.