The fierce response came immediately.
The live broadcast of the Southeastern Conference showed on the SEC network that two new opponents in each school let everyone into the weekend.
The SEC has yet to announce the full timetable for the game start date-it should be within the next two weeks-but now every SEC school knows that it will face 10 opponents this season. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey stated that the meeting “does everything possible to develop a competitive schedule, based on the eight conference games originally scheduled for 2020.”
If there is no strong view on the updated timetable, it will not be the SEC.
In order to find out which schools have received good news, and which schools may have been drafting a well-worded letter to the league headquarters, we have provided you with the winners and losers of the SEC’s new 10 opponents program.
On Friday, when the SEC rejected Kentucky and Missouri as its two new opponents, the Crimson Tide performed well. It could have been better-aka Vanderbilt-but the most important thing for Alabama is to avoid Florida. Alabama already has the two toughest teams in the Eastern United States, Georgia and Tennessee, and is in no rush to add a third team. Instead, although Kentucky is not a cupcake, the third preseason team in the United States has won two very desirable games.
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The SEC East favorites of the preseason added two simplest SEC West opponents, at least in writing to enter the season. Arkansas and Mississippi are the third coaches in the past three years. The lack of normal spring and summer plans may increase the pain of growth. The Bulldog had the best chance of coming out of the East, and nothing changed on Friday.
Louisiana State University
After seeing Missouri and Vanderbilt as his two new opponents, Ed Orgeron had to smile. The Tigers may be the biggest winner of all SEC schools, which makes the team considered the two weakest teams in SEC East this season. Avoiding Georgia and Tennessee-the Tigers already own Florida and South Carolina-should make the people of Baton Rouge very happy.
The rebels may now be the best four-man opponent in the SEC East. Florida and Vanderbilt have scheduled their time, and Miss Ole added Kentucky and South Carolina. No one can guarantee victory, but on the contrary, no one loses as clearly as Georgia. Ole Miss is sure to enter 3-1, given that all the difficult games encountered in SEC West every year are huge.
Poor Sam Pittman. Excited “Yes, sir!” On Friday, the head coach got coal from commissioner Greg Sankey. Arkansas was expected to finish in the last place of SEC West, but added the two most difficult teams in SEC East, Georgia and Florida. Together with the annual games against Alabama, Louisiana State University, Auburn University and Texas A&M, the Razorbacks now plan to participate in four top ten teams and six top 25 teams . Ouch.
Welcome to the SEC, Eliah Drinkwitz. Your welcome package is for the three top five teams in the pre-season. If Arkansas is the biggest loser in the west of the SEC, then Missouri is undoubtedly the worst region in the east. The Bengals added the defending national champion LSU and preseason Alabama No. 3 to their schedule. Missouri has already faced a tough battle this season, to win multiple games, and the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) only added two more losses.
Texas A&M University
Aggies avoided Georgia, but I can’t imagine Jimbo Fisher being excited about joining Florida and Tennessee. For Fisher, this is an important year. Fisher entered the third year of his 10-year contract and his record so far is 17 wins and 9 losses. Even before COVID-19 changes everything, it can’t be said that Fisher’s seat is warm, but everyone seems to understand that better results in 2020 are critical to the development of the program. Arriving in Florida and Tennessee makes it more challenging for Texas A&M University to get on the door of the SEC.
John Talty is a sports editor and SEC Insider for the Alabama Media Group. You can follow him on Twitter @JTalty.