The release of the SEC football schedule on Wednesday features the return of non-conference matches and an opening day roster on September 4 that includes a Power 5 bout. LSU in UCLA, Georgia vs. Clemson (Charlotte, North Carolina) and Miami vs. Alabama (Atlanta).
Texas A&M, which came close to making the University Football Playoffs last season, will travel to Colorado in Week 2, recreating the previous Top 12 program bouts. The game will be played at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver.
Blonde, which will be led by new coach Bryan Harsin, will play on Penn State in Week 3.
Defending champions Alabama will kick off conference games that Saturday with a trip to Florida, setting up a rematch of last season’s SEC championship match, which was won by Crimson Tide 52-46.
“We are proud to have completed the 2020 football season under unique circumstances and will now focus on playing the 2021 football season on schedule,” SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. “The circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 virus will continue to guide our decision making if any adjustments need to be made.”
The SEC canceled all non-conference matches last season amid the pandemic, with teams playing 10 regular season matches against league opponents each.
The 2021 schedule will also feature two homecoming trips for the head coach.
Coach Ole Miss Lane Kiffin will return to Tennessee for the first time as head coach when the Rebel fight the Volunteers on October 16. Kiffin only spent one season as head coach at Tennessee in 2009 before leaving for the USC, sparking a commotion from students in Knoxville.
Former coach Ole Miss Hugh Freeze will return to his old hometown Freedom a trip to Ole Miss on November 6. Freeze spent five seasons as head coach at Ole Miss before stepping down in 2017 after school officials discovered a pattern that included phone calls to numbers associated with female escort services. Freeze took over the Liberty program in 2019 and have turned 18-6 in two seasons.
Other highlights of the SEC’s release schedule include:
A source told the St Louis Post-Dispatch that the new cases had been traced to a Missouri game on December 19 State of Mississippi.
“Since ending our regular season and carrying out four rounds of tests over the past eight days, we have seen a significant increase in positive COVID-19 tests among our student-athletes, coaches and staff,” said athletics director Jim Sterk in a statement. “… The eight-day improvement in our program is significant and has made it impossible for us to play the bowl game.”
Iowa didn’t notice Missouri’s problems until after the Hawkeyes practiced Sunday morning. Iowa resumed activities on Saturday after a five-day hiatus due to COVID-19 cases in its program, including coach Kirk Ferentz.
“We are very disappointed that our season ends today,” Ferentz said in a statement. “This is an amazing group of players and men, and it is an honor to train them. This is a very special team. We have overcome several challenges together during one season like no other. I am very proud of this whole team and saddened. because we won’t have one more chance to go out and compete together. “
Missouri finished its regular season at 5-5 under first-year coach Eliah Drinkwitz, finishing third in SEC East. Iowa plays all eight of the Top Ten regular season games before the game against December 19 Michigan canceled due to COVID-19 issues with Wolverines. After a 0-2 start, the Hawkeyes won their last six matches to move up to No. 15 in College Football Playoff Rankings.
On Friday, the SEC announced a roster of games for the final two weeks of the regular season, due to delays from the start of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The conference will play six games on December 12 – an open date set for all schools at the start of the season – and up to five games on December 19, including SEC championship matches.
number 5 Texas A&M (6-1) is scheduled to host Be Miss on December 12, a match originally scheduled for November 21 but was postponed due to COVID-19 issues in the Aggies program. Ole Miss has suspended team activities due to an increase in positive COVID-19 tests in its program and is scheduled to resume its activities on Wednesday.
The Aggies’ ability to play each of their last matches is a key part of their potential University Football Playoff hopes. The same is true for No. 6 Florida (7-1), who was scheduled to host LSU on 12 December in a match postponed from 17 October. The Gators currently lead SEC East.
In addition to SEC championship matches, on December 19 Ole Miss will travel to LSU and Missouri to travel to the State of Mississippi. Other games tentatively scheduled for that date are Texas A&M in Tennessee and Vanderbilt in Georgia. If Texas A&M and / or Georgia qualify for an SEC championship match, games not played by each team on that day will be declared no contest by the SEC.
(WYMT) – In a release Friday night, the SEC announced that it was changing football schedules after a positive COVID-19 test forced two matches to be moved this week.
NEWS | The SEC adjusted the dates and times of some matches on the upcoming football schedule following a two-match postponement this week due to positive tests and individual quarantines linked to COVID-19.https://t.co/Kt3HpXq16C
The Kentucky vs Georgia match, originally scheduled for October 24, will move to October 31 at noon, and will be broadcast on the SEC network.
Kentucky’s road match against Missouri has been moved from October 31 to October 24, with kickoff scheduled for 4pm, and broadcast on television on the SEC Network.
Kentucky Athletics also confirmed SEC scheduling changes in a release Friday night.
“As we go through these unprecedented times, programs at the SEC continue to work through protocols and scheduling that keep players, coaches, staff and fans as safe and healthy as possible, while trying to give the opportunity to play on a full schedule. , Says Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart. “Moving this game gives our conferences and programs the best opportunity to achieve this goal.
“These adjustments can be inconvenient and our staff are here to help as far as we can with the changes. Please contact our ticket office with any questions. “
England also confirmed that tickets and parking spots originally purchased for Georgia’s October 24 match will remain valid on October 31.
Other games that moved included South Carolina at LSU moving to 4pm on October 24, Missouri in Florida moving from October 24 to October 31, Vanderbilt in Missouri moving from October 17 to December 12, and LSU in Florida moving from October 7 to December 12.
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