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SEC reportedly moving closer to 10-game conference-only football schedule

Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Dale Zanine | USA Today

Kentucky’s 2020 football schedule may only feature ten games against SEC opponents.

According to a report from Sports Illustrated, during a Wednesday virtual meeting the majority of SEC athletic directors voiced their approval for a 10-game, SEC-only schedule in 2020.

Now the matter must be ratified by the league’s presidents. The presidents are scheduled to meet virtually on Thursday but they may wait to make a decision until after the NCAA Board of Directors meets Tuesday. That meeting could result in the cancellation of championships for all fall sports, excluding the FBS bowl system and CFB Playoff.

The SEC’s change in attitude comes as somewhat of a surprise. When league officials met in person three weeks ago, the clubhouse favorite was for a schedule that featured either eight or nine league games and one nonconference opponent. Moving patiently with the Big 12 and ACC, it left the door open to preserve rivalry games and the high-profile season-opening kickoff classics.

The ACC announced almost simultaneous to this report that each team will play 10 league games and one nonconference opponent this fall. A month ago it looked like Louisville’s side was jeopardizing the 2020 edition of the Battle for the Governor’s Cup. Now the SEC may be responsible for canceling the season finale rivalry.

[Sports Illustrated]

Article written by Nick Roush

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15 Comments for SEC reportedly moving closer to 10-game conference-only football schedule

  1. CJKAssassin123
    5:38 pm July 29, 2020 Permalink

    It’s probably going to be a 10 plus one format like ACC meaning UK vs UofL will be a go.

  2. Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert
    5:55 pm July 29, 2020 Permalink

    I like it. We will see who is good. Teams won’t be able to play 7 or 8 home games. And won’t be able to schedule their way to 7 or 8 wins.

  3. michaelb
    6:04 pm July 29, 2020 Permalink

    Ok ummm … it’s not like all the players are from the city the college is located in . How much does inter conference scheduling really prevent here ? Minimal

    • mashburnfan1
      10:47 am July 30, 2020 Permalink

      The conf only schedule gives them much more flexibility in case a game, or games, have to be postponed due to some circumstances from the virus or anything else. They could also make changes very easy by everything being conf only. That is why they are probably going to go that route.

  4. Lip Man 1
    10:45 pm July 29, 2020 Permalink

    Don’t worry you won’t be playing for long.

  5. zoupman
    11:06 pm July 29, 2020 Permalink

    Must have at least one non conference game.

  6. PensacolaCat
    12:11 am July 30, 2020 Permalink

    COVID poses a 0% chance, literally, to college football players. This is rediculous but should be interesting from a scheduling stand point.

  7. kjd
    5:47 am July 30, 2020 Permalink

    Team’s are still traveling. Players are interacting. Conference or non-conference, doesn’t matter. It’s a virus we’re talking about.
    Totally illogical plan.

    • makeitstop
      7:01 am July 30, 2020 Permalink

      Yea I’m struggling with why playing Alabama is safer than Louisville, 70 miles away, for example, where many players are from and travel to go home. If travel is the issue, shouldn’t Florida play Florida State or USF? Shouldn’t LSU play Tulane? It’s like everything else about the response, they’re more interested in optics than logic. What’s the mortality rate for otherwise healthy kids? Virtually zero. Over 40% of us will get it, over 80% of us will be asymptomatic and another 16% will hv mild symptoms. Old and Obese or diabetic or lung or heart disease? Stay home, wear a mask.

    • Lyle Evans
      8:46 am July 30, 2020 Permalink

      Your first point is a good one. It’s very unlikely that playing conference only games is materially safer than just playing the regular schedule, with appropriate precautions. And if 10 games is safer because it’s not 12, then by the same logic, isn’t 8 safer than 10? And 6 safer than 8. . . .

  8. CahillsCrossingNT
    5:59 am July 30, 2020 Permalink

    I don’t think they should play football unless Dr. Fauci approves.

    • UKFaninCO
      6:56 am July 30, 2020 Permalink


    • makeitstop
      7:03 am July 30, 2020 Permalink

      lol I wish he’d put a tennis ball in his mouth THEN mask up.

    • Bluehender
      9:55 am July 30, 2020 Permalink

      makeitstop, I wish they’d do that to Trump..