Following the ACC’s unilateral announcement on Wednesday that it would go to conference-only play in 2020, the SEC has filled in some more of the scheduling blanks. John Talty of Al.com reported a few moments ago that the SEC will also play only league games, and will move the season start back one month to September 26. In all likelihood this also pushes the SEC Championship Game back two weeks to December 19th.
The move isn’t really a surprise at this point, as sources within the league office have telegraphed for some time that a league-only schedule would be the safe plan in a college football world in chaos. Shrewd observers have also noted that such an arrangement would provide maximum flexibility and preserve the highest percentage of contract revenue. It’s also the solution that satisfies season ticket holders who may find themselves unable to attend all the games they’d paid for. This way no one gets stuck paying thousands for Central Connecticut.
While some will be tempted to say this is the SEC bailing on playing traditional ACC rivals, given that all but Clemson were likely to get boat-raced anyhow that seems unlikely.
This is the open wheel, Thunder Dome demolition derby Kirby and Nick have been preparing for without even knowing it.— Dawg Sports (@dawgsports) July 30, 2020
It would be the first time Georgia hasn’t played Georgia Tech since 1924, and will give the Jackets a nice opportunity to rest up for the ass-whipping they’ll take in 2021.
We’ll have more on this developing story as details emerge. Until later...