With the Big 10 and Pac-12 having already announced their teams will only play conference games this fall, the nation's most powerful conference took one step closer to doing the same Wednesday. The athletic directors of the SEC's 14 institutions met virtually and approved a 10-game, conference-only schedule for the 2020 season, according to Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated.
The schedule still needs to be approved by the conference's presidents, who will meet Thursday — though it's unclear if a vote will take place then or be put off until next week.
It has seemed like just a matter of time before each of the Power Five conferences announces a conference-only schedule, though the ACC announced its model Wednesday and allowed for one non-conference game to be played if it took place in the home state of the ACC school — this was a last-ditch effort to save the in-state rivalries with the SEC East schools (Georgia-Georgia Tech, Clemson-South Carolina, Florida-Florida State and Kentucky-Louisville), though that now appears unlikely.
As I've said what feels like 1,000 times, I am in favor of quite literally anything that gives us college football this fall. Getting 10 SEC games, even at the expense of losing several marquee non-conference matchups and two games overall, is more than agreeable with me if it's able to happen.
If the SEC's plan is ratified by the presidents, the ACC would have a de facto conference-only schedule without those rivalry games and the Big 12 would be the only conference left to make that announcement. It seems as though we could be less than 24 hours from officially scrapping non-conference football in 2020, though hopes for some sort of season will move into August.