Alabama was set to play non-conference foes USC, Georgia State, Kent State and UT-Martin in 2020; however, that was before the coronavirus wreaked havoc on society and college football scheduling. Now, the Tide will settle for a 10-game conference-only season as announced by the SEC Thursday.

The league will start on September 26 and it will end on December 19 with the SEC Championship Game.

Nick Saban was the first SEC head coach to comment on the new scheduling format.

“We are pleased to have a plan in place for the Southeastern Conference this season,” Saban said in a statement released by the university. “We believe it is the best option to keep players and staff safe and still maintain the integrity of the season. The safety of our team will be our highest priority throughout the season, but we are also excited that our players will have the opportunity to complete and play this season. I want to thank the leadership from our administration, our medical staff, the SEC and all of the medical experts that are guiding us through this process.”


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The Alabama head coach still doesn’t know who the additional 2 SEC East opponents will be this season. The conference will announce that news, along with the full schedule, at a later date.