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SEC to go with 10-game conference schedule & sets start date for football season

We won’t see SEC football until late September this year.

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We now know when the Kentucky Wildcats’ season can begin.

On Thursday, the SEC decided that the league’s 2020 football season can start the week of Sept. 26. And as expected, the league has also decided to adopt a 10-game schedule for the upcoming season, all of which will be conference games.

SI’s Ross Dellenger broke the news.

This comes after Wednesday’s report of the SEC moving toward a 10-game conference-only schedule this fall.

Originally, Kentucky’s first three games of the 2020 season were Eastern Michigan (Sept. 3), at Florida (Sept. 12) and Kent State (Sept. 19). The game currently set for Sept. 26 is at home vs. South Carolina.

Obviously, the schedule is going to look a lot different now that the start date has been moved and the nonconference slate effectively scrapped. Other nonconference matchups previously on the Wildcats’ schedule included Eastern Illinois (Oct. 10) and at Louisville (Nov. 28).

The SEC is hoping that a conference-only schedule will allow more flexibility for schools to navigate around the coronavirus if outbreaks happen within the league’s teams.

While schedules for all 14 league members have yet to be revealed, it shouldn’t be much longer if the SEC has already decided how the football season will proceed. My guess is we’ll know who UK faces by the end of the weekend.

Here’s a recap of who’s already on UK’s SEC schedule for 2020: