Georgia game with Vanderbilt canceled, Bulldogs could hunt new opponent

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ATHENS – Georgia’s football game with Vanderbilt has been called off, according to the SEC office.

SEC OFFICIAL STATEMENT

The Vanderbilt at Georgia football game on December 19 has been canceled due to the size of the Vanderbilt football team and the availability of positions falling below the minimum list requirements, in accordance with Conference COVID-19 protocols from the South East. The Vanderbilt at Georgia game is declared without competition.

This is the fourth time this season that the football schedule in Georgia has changed due to the inability of another team to manage their roster with players opting out and COVID-19.

The SEC league office has forced the UGA to move its game with Kentucky from Oct. 24 to Oct. 31 due to the two weeks Florida took off from midseason due to roster issues.

Georgia’s game with Missouri has been moved from Nov. 14 to Dec. 12 due to the Tigers issue.

The Bulldogs were supposed to play Vanderbilt on December 5, but the Commodores have pulled out of the game as well.

Yahoo Sports reporter Pete Thamel says the UGA is looking for an opponent to play on Saturday for Bulldogs Senior Day.

DawgNation reported earlier Monday that Vanderbilt’s game on December 19 was uncertain.

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All other SEC teams with games remaining to play are already scheduled.

Getting out of the conference to find an opponent for a Saturday game could prove difficult.

Bowl selections take place on Sunday, seemingly eliminating the chance to play a game on Sunday or Monday.

The 9th-ranked Bulldogs (7-2) have only played three home games this season and six away from Sanford Stadium.

UGA seniors need two more wins to become the most successful class in school history.

Coach Kirby Smart said at noon Monday that he was still optimistic about the possibility of playing the game.

“They got to play last week against Tennessee,” said Smart, “and we’re looking forward to having our seniors in for one final home game.

Commodores first-year quarterback Ken Seals said he was proud of his teammates for coming together to play at Tennessee last Saturday.

“I think the guys we have here were the ones who wanted to finish what we started and wanted to finish this thing the right way,” Seals told VUCommodores.com

“We are here because we still have the opportunity to make everything worth it. We can come out and all that we had to face, all the difficulties and obstacles that we faced and all that we lost as a team, we still have chances to come out and assert these last two games. Is it worth it.

“I think the guys we have here now were determined and motivated to go do this. I’m proud of all the guys who were here to play with me today.



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