The SEC is considering a change in college football season, and is a fan who doesn’t necessarily expect.
During a meeting at the league’s headquarters this week, SEC athletic directors discussed a possible switch to a 10-game schedule, including eight conference games and two non-conference games.
Such a move would help ease the dense game list for the second week of the season, September 12th, which features various games between SEC, ACC and Big 12. LSU is currently slated to host Texas, Tennessee will play Oklahoma, Auburn and La North Carolina will play in a neutral game in Atlanta and NC State will host the state of Mississippi.
According to Sports Illustrated, this potential move is one of several different models that the league discussed during this week’s meeting, with two others being a mere eight conference schedule, along with a nine or ten game schedule, which is expected to preserve at least one scheduled meeting with a Power 5 conference team.
The same report says that although COVID-19 cases are on the rise across the nation, particularly in the locations of various SEC schools, “the consensus among administrators is that their communities and athletes are strongly in favor of football. Autumn”.
Regarding specific return dates, Sports Illustrated reports that the conference CEOs discussed potential start dates starting in September and will continue until mid-October. With a potential eight-game model, greater testing and planning flexibility would be two obvious benefits, making this move more tempting.
A decision by SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey is slated for late July.