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2020 Football Schedule Update

Vandy is scratched off the 2020 slate after the SEC announced their scheduling plans this afternoon.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 16 Kansas State at Vanderbilt Photo by Jamie Gilliam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The SEC put their scheduling cards on the table today. They are moving to a 10 game, conference only slate for the 2020 season.

Vanderbilt was scheduled to travel to Kansas State on on September 19th to fulfill the second leg of a home and home series that saw the Wildcats travel to Nashville and lose to the Commodores 14-7 in the 2017 season.

The SEC joins the Pac-12 and Big10 in playing a conference only schedule. The ACC announced yesterday that are willing to play a 10 game +1 in-state, out of conference game to maintain rivalries like Clemson vs South Carolina and Florida State (or Miami) vs Florida. With the SEC bowing out, it’s possible the ACC scraps their +1 model and falls in line with the other conference now that the rivalry games are off the table. Not sure games like Clemson vs Citadel are worth the trouble.

The Big12 is out of scheduling options. They don’t share any common states with an ACC school and the Pac-12, Big-10, and SEC aren’t available. I anticipate a 9 game, Big12 only schedule with a Conference Championship game. The only other option would be a 9 + one model similar to the ACC, but I’m not sure where the extra team would come from. It’s not like Kansas or Kansas State can schedule an in-state opponent.

Also of note, the Big12 cancelled their recently announced August 3rd virtual media day today. According to Coach Klieman, the Big12 is holding an emergency meeting (presumably about the schedule) as I type.

Now that every Power 5 conference has announced their intentions, expect something out of the Big12 over the next 24-48 hours. I honestly don’t think they have much to talk about in terms of the schedule other than a potential start date.