The SEC is considering a change to its college football season, and it’s one fans aren’t necessarily expecting.
During a meeting this week at the league headquarters, SEC athletic directors discussed a potential move to a 10-game schedule, including eight conference games and two non-conference games.
Such a move would help facilitate the busy slate of games the second week of the season on September 12, which features various games between the SEC, ACC and Big 12. LSU is currently scheduled to host Texas, Tennessee will play at Oklahoma, Auburn and North Carolina will play a neutral site game in Atlanta, and NC State is set to host Mississippi State.
According to Sports Illustrated, this potential move is one of several different models the league discussed during this week’s meeting, with two others being an eight-game conference-only schedule, along with a nine- or ten-game schedule, which would preserve at least one scheduled matchup with a Power 5 conference team.
The same report states that despite COVID-19 cases rising nationwide, specifically in the locations of various SEC schools, “the consensus among administrators is that their communities and athletes are strongly in favor of playing football this fall.”
Regarding specific return dates, Sports Illustrated is reporting that conference ADs discussed potential kickoff dates starting in September and running to mid-October. With a potential eight-game model, more testing and schedule flexibility would be two obvious perks, making such a move more enticing.
A decision from SEC commissioner Greg Sankey is expected by late July.