ATHENS — Most everyone agreed college football would need a different look this season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Not surprisingly, now that it’s happening few seem comfortable with the makeover.
The SEC announced it would play a 10-game, conference-only schedule with its season slated to start on Sept. 26.
“Having the ability to manage our own schedule, we believe this gives us the bet opportunity to play for our championship,” SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said on SEC Network.
The SEC season will run through Dec. 5, with all teams scheduled off on Dec. 12 leading up to the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 19 in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The league teams will play the eight conference games already scheduled in addition to two other yet-to-be determined SEC opponents.
The SEC has not tipped its hand as to when it will make an announcement on the revised schedule, or which model it will use.
One of the schedule models being considered for increasing the league slate to 10 games involves adding the next two cross division opponents coming up on their schedule rotation.
Georgia would seem to benefit if that model is used, while Florida’s schedule would grow tougher.
That said, UGA’s current existing games are tougher than the Gators, so it could have a balancing out effect.
Here’s a look at how each team’s divisional cross-over schedule would look if the “ROTATION” model using the next two teams in the rotation is employed:
(Projection only — the SEC has not announced its new schedule model)
Current: LSU (H), at Ole Miss; Rotation: Alabama (H), at Texas A&M
Loser: The Gators could go from trendy pick to third-place team in East Division.
Current: at Alabama, Auburn (H); Rotation: Arkansas (H), at Mississippi State
Winner: Picking up Hogs and Dogs would even out Alabama-Auburn draw.
Current: at Auburn, Mississippi State (H); Rotation: LSU (H), at Ole Miss
Winner: Rebuilding LSU can be had in Lexington, Oxford a winnable road venue.
Current: at Mississippi State, Arkansas (H); Rotation: Texas A&M (H), at Auburn
Loser: The Tigers go from easy pickings to adding upper-half West Division opponents.
Current: Texas A&M (H), at LSU; Rotation: Auburn (H), at Arkansas
Winner: Arkansas could be weakest team in West, Auburn can be had in Columbia.
Current: Alabama (H), at Arkansas; Rotation: Ole Miss (H), at LSU
Winner: Roof might come off Neyland Stadium with Lane Kiffin on opposing sideline.
Current: Ole Miss (H), at Texas A&M; Rotation: Mississippi State (H), at Alabama.
Loser: Does anyone cares about Vandy? (Including is own administration).
Current: Georgia (H), at Tennessee. Rotation: at Florida, Vanderbilt (H)
Winner: Alabama’s last road trip to Gainesville a 38-10 win — over Urban Meyer.
Current: Tennessee (H), at Missouri. Rotation: at Georgia, South Carolina (H)
Winner: Hogs have puncher’s chance over Gamecocks in Fayetteville.
Current: Kentucky (H), at Georgia. Rotation: at South Carolina, Missouri (H)
Winner: Two bottom half SEC East Division teams.
Current: at Florida, South Carolina (H); Rotation: at Kentucky, Tennessee (H)
Push: Would miss playing top East team (Georgia) and bottom East team (Vandy).
Current: Missouri (H), at Kentucky; Rotation: at Vanderbilt, Georgia (H)
Loser: Mike Leach offense no match for Kirby Smart defense.
Current: at Vanderbilt, Florida (H); Rotation: at Tennessee, Kentucky (H)
Loser: Rebels wouldn’t face a more fired-up team that Vols in Knoxville.
Current: at South Carolina, Vanderbilt (H); Rotation: at Missouri, Florida (H)
Loser: Missouri has beat Aggies 5 of last 6 meetings.
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