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SEC latest conference to announce teams will forfeit if they can’t play due to COVID-19

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Gary Cosby Jr. via Imagn Content Services, LLC

All major college football conferences seem to be in lock step with the 2021 regular season already upon us. That now includes the SEC.

According to multiple media reports, the SEC has announced its cancellation policy for the 2021 season. If a team can’t play because of a COVID-19 outbreak, it will be forced to forfeit said game. If both teams can’t play, each one will suffer a forfeit loss.

This isn’t too dissimilar to what other major conferences have announced around the college football world. The one difference is that if both teams can’t play, they each suffer a forfeit loss. Other conferences have concluded that said game would end in a no-contest.

With vaccination rates among major conference programs varying to a degree, this could very well have a major impact on the 2021 college football season. That’s no more true than in the highly-competitive SEC.

This coming week around the SEC is pretty much non-conference games. That includes the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide going up against the 14th ranked Miami Hurricanes Saturday afternoon. Later in the day, the fifth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs take on the third-ranked Clemson Tigers.

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