SEC will play conference-only schedule this fall
The Big Ten started this trend. They were joined by the Pac-12. We now have another Power Five conference continuing what will likely be a major theme as the 2020 college football season hopefully starts at some point this fall.
League approved kickoff date is Sept. 26. Particulars on the schedule (the two additional games & locations) are unclear for now.
SEC title game Dec. 19.
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) July 30, 2020
This could have wide-ranging ramifications for the fall slate. Alabama was previously set to take on the USC Trojans to open the season.
That game was canceled when the Pac-12 decided to go conference only with its schedule this season. At that point, there was some thought given to the idea of the Crimson Tide potentially taking on another top-end national program. Obviously, this won’t be the case.
The SEC approved its kickoff date for Sept. 26. This likely means that Alabama will go up against Georgia in a huge season-opening game.
The Crimson Tide were set to take on Kent State that Saturday. Meanwhile, Georgia was set to go up against Louisiana-Monroe. Georgia and Alabama are currently scheduled to go up against one another Sept. 19. Based on Thursday’s news, that won’t be the case.
SEC’s announcement also cancels some pretty big games between SEC squads and other national programs.