NBC Sports- The SEC has decided on the direction its football season will take. If there is a college football season, that is.
Following a meeting of the league’s presidents and chancellors, the SEC announced Thursday that it will go with a 10-game, conference-only schedule for the 2020 college football season. Originally scheduled to start the weekend of Sept. 5, the SEC has now pushed back the season’s kick-off back to Sept. 26. Additionally, the conference championship game will be played Dec. 19.
John Talty of al.com was the first to report the development. A formal announcement from the conference is expected at some point today.
It had been expected that the SEC would follow the ACC’s lead and add a plus-one to the schedule, a non-conference matchup that was previously on the schedule. Instead, the move means games such as LSU-Texas, South Carolina-Clemson, Florida-Florida State and Georgia-Georgia Tech are officially off the schedule for the 2020 season.
The 14-member SEC will play its six division rivals as well as the regularly-scheduled pair of crossover games. The additional crossover games that will fill out the 10-game conference slate will be announced at a later date.
The Big Ten and Pac-12 as previously announced that those leagues would be going to a conference-only schedule. That leaves the Big 12 as the only Power Five to have not signaled its scheduling intentions.
Below are all of the non-conference games for each SEC school that will be canceled:
Alabama — USC, Georgia State, Kent State, UT-Martin
Arkansas — Nevada, Notre Dame, Charleston Southern, Louisiana-Monroe
Auburn — Alcorn State, North Carolina, Southern Miss, UMass
Florida — Eastern Washington, South Alabama, New Mexico State, Florida State
Georgia — Virginia, East Tennessee State, Louisiana-Monroe, Georgia Tech
Kentucky — Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Eastern Illinois, Louisville
LSU — UTSA, Texas, Rice, Nicholls State
Mississippi State — New Mexico, NC State, Tulane, Alabama A&M
Missouri — Central Arkansas, Eastern Michigan, BYU, Louisiana
Ole Miss — Baylor, Southeast Missouri State, UConn, Georgia Southern
South Carolina — Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, Wofford, Clemson
Tennessee — Charlotte, Oklahoma, Furman, Troy
Texas A&M — Abiline Christian, North Texas, Colorado, Fresno State
Vanderbilt — Mercer, Kansas State, Colorado State, Louisiana Tech