SEC votes to cut down on games
On Thursday, a day after SEC athletic directors voted to move to a league only schedule, league presidents made the decision official with their own affirmative vote.
Teams in the league will begin play on September 26 and conduct a 10 game schedule. Two more schools from the opposing division will be added to each school’s schedule to finish out the 10 games.
The schools will also have two open dates, somewhere in the mid-season and on December 12. The SEC championship will be played on December 19, two weeks later than it was originally scheduled.
“This new plan for a football schedule is consistent with the educational goals of our universities to allow for the safe and orderly return to campus of their student populations and to provide a healthy learning environment during these unique circumstances presented by the COVID-19 virus,” SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. “This new schedule supports the safety measures that are being taken by each of our institutions to ensure the health of our campus communities.”