The Gators had at least 21 players and coaches test positive for the coronavirus and dozens more quarantined because of contact tracing. That left them with fewer than the conference-mandated 53 scholarship players available Saturday against defending national champion LSU.
Because of the SEC's safety protocols, Florida likely would not have gotten everyone back in time to practice and prepare for Mizzou. So the Gators will get consecutive weeks off before hosting Missouri on Oct. 31. That initially had been an off week for coach Dan Mullen's team.
Florida and LSU are tentatively scheduled to play Dec. 12. Missouri and Vanderbilt are slated for the same day after their game this week got postponed because of an outbreak within Vandy's program.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.