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SEC considering 10-game season, potentially with non-conference games

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.

For more specifics on this week’s meeting at league headquarters between SEC athletic directors, read Sports Illustrated’s complete report here. 

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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11 Comments for SEC considering 10-game season, potentially with non-conference games



  1. big cat
    9:35 pm July 15, 2020 Permalink

    Finally, some encouraging news besides all the “peaceful” protests. Dang, maybe Andy BeeFear will take the credit for it. After all, he MADE us wear the masks, right?



    • Han
      10:13 pm July 15, 2020 Permalink

      You are a sad, strange, little man.



    • UKgrad80
      10:24 pm July 15, 2020 Permalink

      He is indeed!!



  2. ukkatzfan
    9:42 pm July 15, 2020 Permalink

    If bowl games are played, I think it should be based on 6 loss max teams. 1f only 8 games are played, i think 2 win teams should be bowl eligible. No use penalizing colleges for less games being played. Just my opinion.



    • ukkatzfan
      11:05 pm July 15, 2020 Permalink

      Looks like they would consider like a Saturday game, Friday game and then a bye week and play the 10 games in 15 weeks. To set a two week break into the schedule as a chance to quarantine from others. Same as above. Just something to go Hmmm about.



  3. UKinIN
    10:18 pm July 15, 2020 Permalink

    Why reduce the number of games? To reduce the chance of COVID-19 exposure? Everyone attending one game could be contaminated. Doesn’t matter if it’s the eighth game or the 12th.



    • satcheluk
      10:47 pm July 15, 2020 Permalink

      They dropped the mid majors, so they don’t have to pay the guarantees. With no fans, they can’t afford it, so they say safety and cancel. They are currently running the numbers to see if the haul from playing Big 5 rivals will be enough to settle with the mid major teams to avoid a breach of contract lawsuit.



  4. satcheluk
    10:43 pm July 15, 2020 Permalink

    The haul from the OoC games needs to be more than the payout from the mid major games because they will lose the safety argument if the play Big5 OoC, so they will have to settle with the small schools or be sued for breach of contract.



    • ClutchCargo
      1:22 am July 16, 2020 Permalink

      There is no settlement or breach of contract if it’s out of the control of the two schools. It’s just null and void in that case.



  5. UKFanSC
    8:42 am July 16, 2020 Permalink

    I think the future of sporting events that we need to get comfortable with prior to the vaccine is a simple bubble approach that they are using in the NBA. If you are going to play football you need to test negative consistently and stay in a very confined and segregated space. Very tough for students to isolate themselves to this degree, particularly given the social age group they are in, but this is going to be what’s required to get sports back on the field.
    Not sure how we will accommodate fans.



  6. bbn606
    8:47 am July 16, 2020 Permalink

    I thought the ACC already went to conference games only.