SEC releases 10-game conference-only schedule for 2020 football season

We now know what the SEC schedule will look like if the conference has a fall football season in 2020.

The conference released its 10-game conference-only schedule on Monday. And, in true SEC fashion, that release was drawn out for dramatic effect. The conference released the Sept. 26 Week 1 matchups Monday afternoon ahead of the entire schedule at 7 p.m. ET Monday evening.

The Week 1 group of matchups is highlighted by LSU beginning its quest for another national title at home against Mississippi State, now coached by Mike Leach. Alabama, after missing the College Football Playoff for the first time in the format’s history, will open up play on the road against Missouri. Additionally, Lane Kiffin’s Ole Miss tenure will begin with a home game against Florida.

The SEC announced July 30 that it was planning to play a 10-game, conference-only schedule that would begin on Sept. 26. Since then, the Big Ten and Pac-12 canceled their fall seasons altogether due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

The SEC, along with the ACC and Big 12, is pushing forward, however. The conference, which usually plays an eight-game league schedule, added two SEC games to each team’s schedule on Aug. 7.

Iron Bowl isn’t last week of the season

The SEC decided to keep its annual rivalry week on the weekend of Thanksgiving. That’s notable because the final week of the season is Dec. 5. Auburn and Alabama will play each other on Nov. 28 while LSU plays Texas A&M and other rivalries will be played like they typically are in the final week of the regular season.

LSU and Alabama play each other on Nov. 14. Both teams have an off week ahead of the game as they usually do. The annual Florida and Georgia game is scheduled for Nov. 7 in Jacksonville.

The SEC title game is scheduled for Dec. 19. That’s one day ahead of the College Football Playoff’s selection show. Assuming there’s a playoff.

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2014, file photo, SEC logo is displayed on the field ahead of the Southeastern Conference championship football game between Alabama and Missouri in Atlanta. Southeastern Conference chancellors and school presidents have approved revised rules on the sale of beer and wine at sporting events. The SEC's 14 schools were previously prohibited from selling alcohol in public areas at venues.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
The SEC will release its full 2020 college football schedule on Monday night. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Full 2020 schedule

Sept. 26

Alabama at Missouri

Florida at Ole Miss

Georgia at Arkansas

Kentucky at Auburn

Mississippi State at LSU

Tennessee at South Carolina

Vanderbilt at Texas A&M

Oct. 3

Texas A&M at Alabama

Arkansas at Mississippi State

Auburn at Georgia

South Carolina at Florida

Ole Miss at Kentucky

LSU at Vanderbilt

Missouri at Tennessee

Oct. 10

Alabama at Ole Miss

Arkansas at Auburn

Florida at Texas A&M

Tennessee at Georgia

Mississippi State at Kentucky

Missouri at LSU

South Carolina at Vanderbilt

Oct. 17

Georgia at Alabama

Ole Miss at Arkansas

Auburn at South Carolina

LSU at Florida

Kentucky at Tennessee

Texas A&M at Mississippi State

Vanderbilt at Missouri

Oct. 24

Alabama at Tennessee

Auburn at Ole Miss

Missouri at Florida

Georgia at Kentucky

South Carolina at LSU

Oct. 31

Mississippi State at Alabama

Arkansas at Texas A&M

LSU at Auburn

Kentucky at Missouri

Ole Miss at Vanderbilt

Nov. 7

Tennessee at Arkansas

Florida vs. Georgia

Vanderbilt at Mississippi State

Texas A&M at South Carolina

Nov. 14

Alabama at LSU

Arkansas at Florida

Auburn at Mississippi State

Georgia at Missouri

Vanderbilt at Florida

South Carolina at Ole Miss

Texas A&M at Tennessee

Nov. 21

Kentucky at Alabama

LSU at Arkansas

Tennessee at Auburn

Florida at Vanderbilt

Mississippi State at Georgia

Ole Miss at Texas A&M

Missouri at South Carolina

Nov. 28

Auburn at Alabama

Arkansas at Missouri

Kentucky at Florida

Georgia at South Carolina

LSU at Texas A&M

Mississippi State at Ole Miss

Tennessee at Vanderbilt

Dec. 5

Alabama at Arkansas

Texas A&M at Auburn

Florida at Tennessee

Vanderbilt at Georgia

South Carolina at Kentucky

Ole Miss at LSU

Missouri at Mississippi State

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