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SEC playing conference-only football games this season

SEC playing conference-only football games this season, reports say
Posted at 1:35 PM, Jul 30, 2020

The Southeastern Conference decided Thursday that they are only playing SEC teams this season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The SEC will play 10-conference games.

They also decided to push their kickoff date to September 26 and the Championship Game will be played on December 19.

"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 news release. "This new schedule supports the safety measures that are being taken by each of our institutions to ensure the health of our campus communities."

A revised football schedule, which will first need to be approved by SEC athletic directors will be sent out at a later date, conference officials said.

The SEC joins the Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences to be playing conference-only games.

According to The Associated Press, the ACC will play an 11-game schedule with one non-conference game.