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2020 SEC College Football Schedule Release Date and Time Revealed

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 16, 2020

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2017, file photo, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron, left, and Alabama head coach Nick Saban meet in the center of the field before an NCAA college football game, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. For the first time in college football history, there will be two games matching teams of at least 8-0 on the same day, according to ESPN Facts and Info. In Tuscaloosa, Alabama, LSU and the Crimson Tide will play the first regular-season game matching AP Nos. 1 and 2 since 2011 _ when No. 1 LSU beat No. 2 Alabama 9-6 in overtime. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
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The SEC will announce its schedule for the 2020 season Monday night at 7 p.m. ET on SEC Network.

The first week of games will drop at 3 p.m. ET ahead of the full reveal.

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🚨 2020 SEC Football Schedule 🚨 Week 1 will be announced at 3 PM ET on @Finebaum. The full schedule will be unveiled at 7 PM ET on SEC Now. https://t.co/rQJ2BNX4v6 https://t.co/5kjOAQz53Y

The SEC is forging ahead with a 2020 fall season despite the Big Ten and Pac-12 canceling all fall sports for the 2020-21 school year.

The SEC announced in July it was amending its schedule to eliminate nonconference games. The 10-game conference-only format meant teams would be playing two more opponents from outside of their division. The conference has already announced those two additional games without providing specific details regarding the kickoff.

Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel reported the process was causing some strife behind the scenes:

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Sources: The SEC coaches call on Thursday became contentious. At least five SEC coaches expressed frustration over the lack of transparency regarding the inability to produce a "formula" for how the two additional league opponents were chosen.

ESPN's Chris Low and Alex Scarborough provided more details: "Half of the league coaches expressed, either on the call or to ESPN privately, their frustration and/or anger over how the two additional games were chosen, with multiple coaches telling ESPN that the SEC was leaving itself open to the criticism of the whole process appearing 'corrupt.'"

Sharing the entire regular-season schedule reinforces the SEC's desire to play football within the next few months. Commissioner Greg Sankey said after the Big Ten and Pac-12 cancellations that the conference is keeping its options open:

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Statement from @SEC Commissioner @GregSankey https://t.co/8nyweGPBk1

However, the situation can evolve so quickly that things can unravel completely over a matter of just days.

The Big Ten announced its full conference-only schedule on Aug. 5 with a big special on Big Ten Network. Less than a week later, commissioner Kevin Warren confirmed the conference was scrapping all of its fall sports this year.