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SEC to reportedly use strength of schedule to determine extra games

Which additional SEC teams will Kentucky play this fall? We’re going to have to wait to find out.

This afternoon, the SEC announced it is moving to a 10-game conference-only schedule for the 2020 season, but, unlike the ACC, did not release the revised schedule, which must be approved by the league’s athletic directors. Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger, who has been on top of the SEC’s plans from the get-go, opined yesterday that the league would simply use the next cross-divisional opponents in the rotation (so, in UK’s case, LSU and Ole Miss), but is now reporting that the league will use strength of schedule to determine each team’s additional opponents.

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey made an appearance on “The Paul Finebaum Show” following the league’s announcement and said they have yet to decide on a scheduling format.

“We’ve been running any number of models if you will and thinking about how that decision can be made. Our athletic directors earlier in the week suggested, let’s make the first decision so we can then make the second decision. So, that second decision is exactly what the format will look like. I know our colleagues in the ACC were able to put out the matchups out quickly and, obviously some different dynamics there. Our other colleague conferences that made announcements earlier in July took a bit of time to make the announcements — in fact, we’re still waiting, so we just want to make sure we walk through what is a really difficult decision in altering the season and then we’ll work towards finalizing exactly that format and be ready to go, I think in short order, with that information.”

For now, the eight current games will remain, although the dates may change. Here is Kentucky’s current SEC schedule:

  • Florida (Away)
  • South Carolina (Home)
  • Auburn (Away)
  • Vanderbilt (Home)
  • Missouri (Away)
  • Tennessee (Away)
  • Mississippi State (Home)
  • Georgia (Home)

That leaves Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, and Arkansas. Kentucky played the Razorbacks last year and the Aggies the year before that, although it sounds like that may not even matter now.

This is probably Old Kentucky Football talking, but the Cats are going to get screwed, aren’t they?

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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11 Comments for SEC to reportedly use strength of schedule to determine extra games

  1. gasman01
    6:30 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

    LSU and Alabama coming in 20….

    • Corder
      7:02 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

      I can see that happening as well as Sankey giving some lame excuse as to why it had to be this way. If they put them on out schedule at least we will know where we stand as to how good the team is and how far we have to go.

    • Perry1987
      7:19 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

      If its LSU and Bama so be it. They way Stoops and company have improved over the years on the field and recruiting, its time for Kentucky football to welcome these games. Not lose the games before they are played. Ala Joker Phillips days.These games would be huge to the fans, Stoops and most importantly The University of KY! Yes, Kentucky would probably get beaten by these two teams (as i have no doubt we would compete and give 110%)but to me it would be a great measuring stick to see where we are with the upper echelons of college football!
      To be the best you’ve got to beat the best. In the SEC if you want to play with the big boys and compete for national recognition it starts with these two powerhouse programs. Beat them or strongly compete with them and get ready folks its going to be a hell of a ride with Stoops and Co.

    • KyZoneBlitz
      9:04 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

      If its LSU and Bama, I agree, Bring them on. We may not win, but the scorewill definitely not be 42-6 or something like that. I think we keep it within or around 2 scores. Although, if the Conference really wanted to be fair and avoid the scheduling conflicts in ’21 and ’22, I think we should just run our West -rotational opponents from the past 2 seasons (’18-’19) but flip the locations. So, in ’18 we traveled to Aggie land, so A&M comes to Lex, then in ’19, the razorbacks came to lex, so we would go to Arkansas. Keeps everything somewhat fair (I guess unless your the team that had LSU, Bama etc… But somebody has to play them, and I doubt that Stanley will want to give them to florida or Georgia in case one of them wins the east…. Lets just give them to the pukey orange Vols… Thats fair, they think their gonna go undefeated so… Give em a

    • CJKAssassin123
      11:00 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

      We beat LSU before with a team that would lose to this UK team,and back then LSU was #1.

    • satcheluk
      9:20 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

      Do you guys anticipate everything in your lives with the expectation that you will always get screwed? That’s a helluva way to live.

  2. mfmaysville
    7:19 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

    Bring on the big boys.

    • light my fire
      9:31 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

      Not good news for uk

  3. LouisvilleNative
    8:57 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

    Bring it! Let the nation see what Mark Stoops & our team can do!

  4. gasman01
    9:42 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

    We are much improved, but I’m not sure we are LSU or Alabama caliber.

  5. BigBluSoTru
    6:31 am July 31, 2020 Permalink

    Funny reading these same type comments that i’ve made in the past everybody saying i’m idiot for it. SMH first of all we got the easier schedule the gators are the ones whom are getting screwed seems they are getting Bama and tx AM added in addition to already having LSU and Auburn .