SEC football schedule 2020: League will play 10-game, conference-only slate beginning Sept. 26, per reports

SEC football schedule 2020: League will play 10-game, conference-only slate beginning Sept. 26, per reports
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(CBS Sports) - With college football schedules across the country in flux amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the SEC will announce Thursday afternoon that it will move to a 10-game, conference-only schedule for the 2020 season, according to AL.com and Sports Illustrated.

The SEC will also push the start of its season to Saturday, Sept. 26, which was originally scheduled to be Week 4 of the 2020 campaign.

It is unknown at this time how the SEC will fill out the additional two games of its conference-only schedule.

League members traditionally play eight league games each season: six inside their respective divisions, one permanent cross-division opponent and one rotational cross-division opponent.

With the shift of the season to Sept. 26, the SEC Championship Game will be pushed back two weeks to Saturday, Dec. 19.

The SEC joins the Big Ten and Pac-12 by deciding to play a conference-only schedule in 2020.

The ACC announced Wednesday that it will play an 11-game schedule with 10 intraleague contests and one nonconference game.

It is unknown at this time how the SEC’s decision may affect the ACC’s scheduling plans considering four key nonconference rivalry games (Florida-Florida State, Clemson-South Carolina, Georgia-Georgia Tech, Kentucky-Louisville) will be affected by the SEC’s move.