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.
If the league simply used the next two opposite-division rotation, it would disrupt the 2021 and 2022 schedules. Some are not in favor of such a model, thus a new scheduling model is expected to be used.
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) July 30, 2020
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?