Report: SEC expected to move forward with schedule shuffling for final weeks of 2020 season
When the SEC announced its 10-game conference-only schedule for the 2020 season, the plan was for the season to wrap up on Dec. 5. COVID, however, had other plans. Numerous games have been postponed this season. Multiple games, including a headlining rivalry showdown, still need to be made-up.
Pat Smith of WJOX 94.5 FM in Birmingham shared Wednesday on his Twitter account that the conference is planning to move forward with schedule shuffling for games involving Alabama and LSU, including the Tide and Tigers rivalry showdown postponed earlier this month:
I am told, barring any further cancelations, the SEC will move forward with these changes to Alabama/LSU schedules:
*Bama/LSU to be played December 5th
*Bama/Arkansas moved to December 12th
*Ole Miss/LSU moved to December 19th
As Smith suggested, the dates for these games had already been laid out in a report by LSU beat reporter Glenn Guilbeau of the Lafayette Daily Advertiser earlier this month.
The two reports on SEC scheduling do not address the matters of other postponed games including Texas A&M-Ole Miss, Arkansas-Mizzou and Tennessee-Vanderbilt.
There had been some media chatter that both Alabama and Florida could have their games against LSU called off if the Crimson Tide and Gators had already clinched the division crowns. It appears the SEC, however, wants to move forward with the games. Florida-LSU, which was postponed in October due to UF’s outbreak, was rescheduled for Dec. 12.
The SEC Championship Game is scheduled for Dec. 19. As evident by the LSU-Ole Miss date above, the 12 teams not playing in Atlanta could be playing makeup games on that same Saturday.