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Georgia and the SEC will be moving to a 10-game schedule.

What social media is saying about Georgia football moving to SEC-only, 10-game schedule

The SEC announced that it would be moving to a conference-only schedule for the 2020 season. It also announced it would be expanding to 10 conference games, up from the usual eight.

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey issued a statement on the matter, as well as explained the conference’s decision in greater detail while making an appearance on the Paul Finebaum show.

“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 news of the SEC’s decision reverberated throughout the college football landscape, with many weighing in on what the decision means for the sport.

The conference will not play until Sept. 26, giving more time for campuses to get acclimated with students coming back onto campus. Teams will have two bye weeks, with one occurring during a three-week window during the middle of the season, and one on Dec. 12. The SEC championship game will still be played on Dec. 19 in Atlanta., and the conference will still use divisions.

The NCAA has stated it will allow teams to begin practice using their previously scheduled season-openers, though conferences and teams can adjust those start dates.

Georgia has weighed in on the news, as both athletic director Greg McGarity and President Jere Morehead issued statements on the matter. McGarity also met with reporters on Wednesday to discuss the news in greater detail.

Related: Georgia AD Greg McGarity comments on added opponents, opening practice date questions

“The 10-game SEC schedule provides us the best opportunity to play football as safely as possible in a Covid environment,” Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said. “It’s disappointing the schedule model does not make it possible to play Georgia Tech; however, we look forward to renewing that rivalry in 2021. “

The biggest ramification from the move means that Georgia and Georgia Tech will not be playing. This will be the first time since the 1924 season that the teams have not met. That is what a number of Georgia fans were talking about.

Though the lack of a Georgia Tech game means seniors like Richard LeCounte and Malik Herring will finish with unbeaten records against Georgia Tech.

Georgia has won the last three games against Georgia Tech, including a 52-7 victory in 2019. One other off-shoot of the 10-game schedule is that Georgia will still play Florida in Jacksonville, Fla., this season.

The SEC’s announcement also had a number of people talking about the ramifications for the upcoming season, as well as the cancellation of a number of marquee non-conference games.

The SEC will announce an official schedule at a later date. The Sept. 26 start date does mean Georgia’s Sept. 19 game against Alabama will need to be re-scheduled as well.

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