KANSAS CITY, Mo. — COVID-19 and other eligibility issues within the Arkansas football program led to schedule changes this weekend for Missouri.
The Tigers will now host Vanderbilt at 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, but the Battle Line Rivalry wasn’t canceled.
Instead, it’s merely been postponed to Dec. 5 after the SEC announced a series of schedule changes Friday afternoon.
The Razorbacks will play the Tigers a week later than originally scheduled in Columbia.
Mizzou has dominated the series, winning four straight and five of six meetings since joining the SEC.
The game has added intrigue in 2020 with former Tigers coach Barry Odom, who was fired after the 2019 season, now serving as the Hogs’ defensive coordinator.
No time or TV broadcast information has been announced for the game.
The Tigers had been scheduled to play Mississippi State on Dec. 5, but that game has been postponed.
No date has been announced for making up that game.
"The cooperation and flexibility of our coaches, athletics directors and campus leaders along with the dedication of our student-athletes now provides the opportunity to reach this point in the season with the ability for each SEC team to play ten football games in 2020," SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. "We knew before the season there would be interruptions and scheduling challenges related to COVID-19 and we will continue to manage the remaining weeks of the football schedule to allow for as many games to be played as possible, with a continuing focus on determining an SEC champion."
Missouri is currently 3-3 under first-year coach Eli Drinkwitz. Its game on Nov. 14 against Georgia in Columbia has yet to be rescheduled.
Alabama at LSU also has been rescheduled for Dec. 5 and will air at 7 p.m. on CBS, which had the rights to the original game. The game was postponed from Nov. 14.
To accommodate the scheduling changes, two other games scheduled for Dec. 5 — Alabama at Arkansas and Mississippi at LSU — were postponed as well.