Southeastern Conference football programs will play a 10-game conference only schedule, commissioner Greg Sankey announced Thursday.
The season will kick off Sept. 26 and lead up to the SEC Football Championship Game which will be played Dec. 19 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
"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," Sankey said. "This new schedule supports the safety measures that are being taken by each of our institutions to ensure the health of our campus communities."
The decision came after consultation with the league's member athletic directors, presidents and officials.
"We believe these schedule adjustments offer the best opportunity to complete a full season by giving us the ability to adapt to the fluid nature of the virus and the flexibility to adjust schedules as necessary if disruptions occur," Sankey said. "It is regrettable that some of our traditional non-conference rivalries cannot take place in 2020 under this plan, but these are unique, and hopefully temporary, circumstances that call for unconventional measures."
The SEC announced that a revised schedule for the 2020 SEC football season will be announced at a later date.