Alabama football adds Missouri and Kentucky to round out 2020 10-game all-SEC schedule

Cecil Hurt
The Tuscaloosa News

This story originally published Aug. 7.

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 head coach Nick Saban makes a point with an umpire against South Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C., on Saturday September 14, 2019.

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 preseason Amway 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 NON-DIVISIONAL OPPONENTS

ALABAMA

Previously scheduled: vs. Georgia, at Tennessee

Added opponents: vs. Kentucky, at Missouri

ARKANSAS

Previously scheduled: vs. Tennessee, at Missouri

Added opponents: vs. Georgia, at Florida

AUBURN

Previously scheduled: vs. Kentucky, at Georgia

Added opponents: vs. Tennessee, at South Carolina

FLORIDA

Previously scheduled: vs. LSU, at Ole Miss

Added opponents: vs. Arkansas, at Texas A&M

GEORGIA

Previously scheduled: vs. Auburn, at Alabama

Added opponents: vs. Mississippi State, at Arkansas

KENTUCKY

Previously scheduled: vs. Mississippi State, at Auburn

Added opponents: vs. Ole Miss, at Alabama

LSU

Previously scheduled: vs. South Carolina, at Florida

Added opponents: vs. Missouri, at Vanderbilt

OLE MISS

Previously scheduled: vs. Florida, at Vanderbilt

Added opponents: vs. South Carolina, at Kentucky

MISSISSIPPI STATE

Previously scheduled: vs. Missouri, at Kentucky

Added opponents: vs. Vanderbilt, at Georgia

MISSOURI

Previously scheduled: vs. Arkansas, at Mississippi State

Added opponents: vs. Alabama, at LSU

SOUTH CAROLINA

Previously scheduled: vs. Texas A&M, at LSU

Added opponents: vs. Auburn, at Ole Miss

TENNESSEE

Previously scheduled: vs. Alabama, at Arkansas

Added opponents: vs. Texas A&M, at Auburn

TEXAS A&M

Previously scheduled: vs. Vanderbilt, at South Carolina

Added opponents: vs. Florida, at Tennessee

VANDERBILT

Previously scheduled: vs. Ole Miss, at Texas A&M

Added opponents: vs. LSU, at Mississippi State

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