Alabama will add Missouri and Kentucky to its 2020 football schedule, the SEC announced on Friday,
The Southeastern Conference announced the additional teams added to each member’s 2020 football schedule as the league expands to a 10-game conference-only model in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The full schedule is expected to be released by the SEC next week.
“We made every effort to create a schedule that is as competitive as possible and builds on the existing eight Conference games that had already been scheduled for 2020,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a league release. “This schedule is a one-year anomaly that we have developed under unique circumstances presented by the impact of COVID-19.”
Under normal circumstances, SEC schools play the other six teams in their division, two non-divisional opponents and four out-of-conference games each season. In the newly revised schedule for 2020, each school will play four non-divisional opponents in addition to the other six teams in its division.
Alabama last played Missouri in 2018 and have not played in Columbia since 2012. The Crimson Tide last played Kentucky in 2016, a 34-16 UA victory.
No. 3 Alabama’s 10-game SEC schedule will include four teams ranked in the USA Today Preseason Coaches’ Poll: No. 4 Georgia, No. 5 LSU, No. 11 Auburn and No. 13 Texas A&M. A fifth Crimson Tide opponent, Tennessee, was one spot outside the Top 25 in the initial poll.
The SEC presidents voted last week to adopt a 10-game league schedule beginning on September 26.
2020 SEC NON-DIVISIONAL OPPONENTS
Previously scheduled: vs. Georgia, at Tennessee
Added opponents: vs. Kentucky, at Missouri
Previously scheduled: vs. Tennessee, at Missouri
Added opponents: vs. Georgia, at Florida
Previously scheduled: vs. Kentucky, at Georgia
Added opponents: vs. Tennessee, at South Carolina
Previously scheduled: vs. LSU, at Ole Miss
Added opponents: vs. Arkansas, at Texas A&M
Previously scheduled: vs. Auburn, at Alabama
Added opponents: vs. Mississippi State, at Arkansas
Previously scheduled: vs. Mississippi State, at Auburn
Added opponents: vs. Ole Miss, at Alabama
Previously scheduled: vs. South Carolina, at Florida
Added opponents: vs. Missouri, at Vanderbilt
Previously scheduled: vs. Florida, at Vanderbilt
Added opponents: vs. South Carolina, at Kentucky
Previously scheduled: vs. Missouri, at Kentucky
Added opponents: vs. Vanderbilt, at Georgia
Previously scheduled: vs. Arkansas, at Mississippi State
Added opponents: vs. Alabama, at LSU
Previously scheduled: vs. Texas A&M, at LSU
Added opponents: vs. Auburn, at Ole Miss
Previously scheduled: vs. Alabama, at Arkansas
Added opponents: vs. Texas A&M, at Auburn
Previously scheduled: vs. Vanderbilt, at South Carolina
Added opponents: vs. Florida, at Tennessee
Previously scheduled: vs. Ole Miss, at Texas A&M
Added opponents: vs. LSU, at Mississippi State
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