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Source: SEC’s 10-game schedule options are ‘ready’ for vote

The Southeastern Conference has already set its schedule.

Now it’s just a matter of which of several versions the league’s 14 athletic directors will approve in the coming days, an industry source told 247Sports on Thursday.

“Schedules are ready,” the source said. “Just have to decide which one the conference ants to use.”

There are more than three models up for discussion among the SEC’s athletic directors. The athletic directors are scheduled to meet Friday, but it’s not clear if they will vote at that time, a separate SEC source said.

The SEC’s presidents approved a plan for a 10-game, conference-only season Thursday but has yet to announce which two additional teams will be on each of its 14 teams’ schedules this season. The two additional opponents for each team will hail from the opposite division, with one home and one away.

The SEC’s season will begin Sept. 26, a three-week delay from the original start date. Each team will have one bye week during the middle of the season, but all 14 teams will not share the same off week, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said Thursday. The bye weeks will likely be spread across a three-week window, Sankey explained. The SEC scheduled a potential make-up date for games on Dec. 12. The SEC Championship is scheduled for Dec. 19 inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

The SEC’s announcement comes on the heels of the ACC deciding to play 10 conference games and one non-conference game Wednesday. Four ACC teams were scheduled to play in-state SEC rivals in the fall, but those games were effectively canceled with the SEC’s decision Thursday. Georgia-Georgia Tech, Clemson-South Carolina, Louisville-Kentucky and Florida-Florida State will not be played this season. Florida and South Carolina’s athletic directors communicated the need to continue playing its non-conference rivalry games, but the ADs moved forward with the majority voting in favor of a conference-only schedule. Only South Carolina president Bob Caslen voted against the conference-only proposal, according to The Athletic.

The SEC also canceled prominent non-conference games featuring Texas at LSU, Ole Miss against Baylor in Houston, Georgia against Virginia and Auburn against North Carolina 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 in the statement. “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 Big Ten and Pac-12 previously announced a move to conference-only schedules. The Pac-12 could release a schedule as early as Friday, a source told 247Sports.

The Big 12’s Board of Directors is scheduled to meet Monday to discuss several scheduling options, including a start date as early as Aug. 29.

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