The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t made a huge impact on an SEC Saturday yet, but Hurricane Delta is taking a stab at it this weekend.
The Category 4 storm is expected to make landfall on the Gulf Coast early Friday morning and will dump rain across the SEC footprint throughout the weekend. Delta has already impacted the Missouri-LSU game, which was originally slated for Saturday night in Baton Rouge, but will now be played in Columbia, Missouri Saturday afternoon.
Other games could potentially be moved between now and kickoff, but for now, teams are keeping a close eye on the storm and preparing to play in the soggy conditions stemming from it.
Tennessee’s Top-20 tilt with No. 3 Georgia is also expected to be impacted by weather on Saturday with rainfall predicted in Athens.
Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt addressed the potential elements Tennessee could face this week during his post practice presser on Wednesday.
“We just worry about the things that we can control,” Pruitt said. “Today was a great day to go out there and get better. I feel like our team did that. You know, if it rains Saturday, it will be wet on both sides. We’ll just go play ball.”
Pruitt went into more detail about how the Vols normally prepare for games in the rain during his weekly appearance on the SEC Coaches Teleconference Wednesday morning.
“We have a procedure in fall camp where we do wet ball drills every couple of days in different periods, whether it’s special teams, offense, individual, team periods, good on good,” Pruitt said. “So, we’ve been doing that a lot the last couple of weeks, No. 1, because we had so many guys out in fall camp. We just in the last couple weeks had most of our team back, so we really went back and focused on it because we missed some of those opportunities in fall camp. But we’ve been absolutely doing that.”
Tennessee and Georgia kickoff at 3:30 p.m. on CBS on Saturday.