These 10 non-conference games will be missed in 2020
The SEC announced on Thursday its intention to shift to conference-only schedule for the 2020 season. The Big Ten and Pac-12 announced similar arrangements in July, with the ACC expected to play at least 10 conference games and potentially a non-conference contest. The SEC's move to conference-only games eliminates a handful of intriguing non-conference matchups, including Texas at LSU and Alabama-USC in Arlington, Texas. The 2020 college football season is going to look a lot different, and the decisions by the SEC, Pac-12 and Big Ten to cancel non-conference games has significantly altered the upcoming slate.
Which non-conference games will fans miss the most in 2020? Here are 10 from the SEC we really wanted to see:
SEC Football: 10 Canceled Games Fans Will Miss in 2020
1. Texas at LSU
Last year’s game between these two teams was one of the top non-conference matchups in 2019. This season’s game was high in intrigue, as LSU replaced quarterback Joe Burrow, while Texas looked to score a marquee victory in Baton Rouge behind senior quarterback Sam Ehlinger.
2. Alabama vs. USC (Arlington)
This matchup was canceled earlier in July when the Pac-12 announced it was moving to a conference-only slate. Unfortunately, we won’t get to see USC’s high-powered offense behind quarterback Kedon Slovis attempt to keep pace with Alabama.
3. North Carolina vs. Auburn (Atlanta)
The matchup of North Carolina’s prolific offense behind quarterback Sam Howell against Auburn’s defense was expected to be one of the top on-field battles in September.
4. Florida at Florida State
This Sunshine State rivalry won’t be played for the first time since 1957. The Gators have won two in a row over the Seminoles, and new Florida State coach Mike Norvell will have to wait a year before ending that streak versus Florida.
5. Kentucky at Louisville
Louisville had revenge on its mind for 2020 after losing 45-13 to Kentucky last season. Coach Scott Satterfield and the Cardinals will have to wait until 2022 to get the Wildcats back in the Derby City.
6. Tennessee at Oklahoma
Tennessee’s program is trending up entering the 2020 season, and the date at Norman would’ve provided a good barometer test for coach Jeremy Pruitt’s team. This game was also a potential spotlight matchup for new Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler.
7. Baylor vs. Ole Miss (Houston)
The anticipated debut of Dave Aranda at Baylor and Lane Kiffin at Ole Miss won’t happen as planned in Houston.
8. Clemson at South Carolina
The Palmetto Bowl has been played every year since 1909. Clemson has won five in a row over South Carolina, with each of the last four victories coming by 20 or more points.
9. Georgia Tech at Georgia
Even though Georgia won comfortably (52-7) last fall and was likely to do so again in 2020, an in-state rivalry that has played every year since 1925 is a big loss for the schedule.
10. Virginia vs. Georgia (Atlanta)
This game was one of three matchups – Auburn vs. North Carolina and Florida State-West Virginia – that was slated to take place in Atlanta. However, with the shift to conference-only matchups, the Cavaliers and Bulldogs won’t play in 2020. These two teams haven’t played in a regular season game since 1987.
Other Non-Conference Games Canceled
Arkansas at Notre Dame
Georgia Southern at Ole Miss
Mississippi State at NC State
Tulane at Mississippi State
Colorado at Texas A&M
Missouri at BYU
Louisiana at Missouri
Charlotte at Tennessee
Vanderbilt at Kansas State