SEC college football season begins Saturday

The delayed Southeastern Conference college football season is underway Saturday as Auburn University hosts Kentucky in Auburn. The University of Alabama will be playing the University of Missouri in Columbia.
Kickoff for the Kentucky vs. Auburn game is 11 a.m. and the kickoff for the Alabama vs. Missouri game will be at 6:00 p.m.
In August, it appeared that there would be no college football season. The Ivey League, the SWAC, the University of Connecticut, the MAC, the Big 10, the PAC 12, and the Mountain West Conferences all announced that they would postpone the 2020 football season to spring. The unlikely prospect of playing two shortened college football seasons in one calendar year seemed to be the best hope of there even being a college football season. But college football is not likely other sports and there is no central governing authority. Each conference makes decisions for itself. The Atlantic Coast Conference and SEC both met and each decided that they would play this fall, whether or not any of the other conferences were playing. The Big 12 eventually joined the SEC and ACC.
The SEC will play a ten-game conference only football season that ends with an SEC Championship game on December 19. Both Alabama and Auburn will have fans in the stands, but both schools are limiting capacity, at least for their home openers. Attendees must wear masks or cloth face coverings and social distancing rules will apply.
Many states, including Alabama, are playing high school football and the NFL is in its third week of play. Last week the Big 12 reversed their earlier decision to sit out this fall and announced an 8-week conference only season starting in October. On Thursday, the PAC 12 voted to play a seven-game conference only season starting in November followed by a Dec. 19 championship game. The Mountain West has also voted to play a fall college football season and the MAC (Mid-American Conference) is voting today where the colleges are expected to greenlight an abbreviated fall football season.
President Donald J. Trump (R) had strenuously urged the colleges to play this football season.
UAB, South Alabama, and Troy University have already begun their Conference USA and Sunbelt Conference football seasons. UAB defeated South Alabama 42 to 10 on Thursday night.
While few young people have actually died from COVID-19, some university presidents in the Big 10 had expressed concerns about the long term health affects on COVID survivors, including incidents of heart inflammation.


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