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.