Because the SEC continues to push for a 2020 season, the convention first introduced a 10-game conference-only schedule. Beneath a traditional season, the College of Mississippi and Mississippi State College would play simply eight convention video games.
Going to a 10-game convention schedule eliminates 4 convention video games. It additionally signifies that, being within the SEC West, each the Bulldogs and the Rebels would add two groups from the SEC East.
MSU already is scheduled to face the College of Kentucky and the College of Missouri. The Bulldogs added the College of Georgia and Vanderbilt College to make 10 convention video games.
Earlier than the pandemic, UM already featured the College of Florida and Vanderbilt within the 2020 season. The Rebels noticed the College of South Carolina and Kentucky added to the schedule.
That is already set to be a tricky season with COVID-19. However each the Bulldogs and Rebels begin this season with first-year coaches who didn’t have typical spring follow or summer season exercises.
MSU brings in Mike Leach and his high-powered offense, and UM brings in teaching savante Lane Kiffin. Each coaches know easy methods to rating factors, however protection might be the make-or-break aspect of the ball for each these groups.
The Bulldogs begin the season towards defending nationwide champions Louisiana State College. Hopefully the Tigers haven’t had time to gell after a number of key departures together with the highest choose within the 2020 draft Joe Barrow.
MSU then faces the College of Arkansas, Kentucky and Texas A&M College, and must be 2-2 at worst heading into their Oct. 24 bye week. Then the schedule will get actually robust.
After the bye week, MSU faces the College of Alabama, Vanderbilt, Auburn College and the College of Georgia in a tricky four-week span. The Bulldogs might be 3-5 heading into the ultimate two video games of the season.
Curiously, MSU doesn’t face the Rebels within the Egg Bowl to finish the 2020 season. The Bulldogs face UM within the penultimate recreation earlier than ending the season towards Missouri. MSU most certainly must win these two video games for any probability of a bowl recreation, if there are any bowl video games.
The schedule opener just isn’t a lot kinder to the Rebels, who should open with the College of Florida. The Gators are anticipated to be in competition for the East crown this season as Dan Mullen continues to construct this system.
UM will get Kentucky after Florida in a winnable recreation however issues get robust once more because the Rebels face Alabama. The Rebels must be a strong 2-2 after taking part in Arkansas and the identical report because the Bulldogs after 4 video games.
Auburn awaits UM after the Arkansas recreation and shall be one other robust recreation. The Rebels face Vanderbilt earlier than their bye week on Nov. 7 and must be 3-Three total.
The ultimate 4 video games characteristic South Carolina, which might be a coin flip earlier than the Rebels face Texas A&M. UM ends the season towards MSU and LSU as they finish the season with a 5-5 report just like the Bulldogs.
Whereas there’s potential for each groups to complete 5-5, there are many unknowns. Accidents, in fact, play a serious half, however the coronavirus may hold key gamers out or trigger video games to be moved or cancelled.
Whereas a number of SEC coaches have been upset with the 2 added convention video games, neither the Bulldogs nor Rebels have a lot purpose to be upset. UM received two winnable video games towards the Gamecocks and Wildcats. MSU does face Georgia, however they’ve a winnable recreation within the Commodores.
State and native tips shall be used to find out if any followers can attend video games. If followers are allowed to attend video games, face overlaying shall be required. Tickets shall be digitally scanned, and water fountains within the stadiums shall be shut off.
Tailgating wll be left as much as colleges if it is going to be allowed and the standard stroll via followers in the course of the pregame can also be left as much as colleges—all of this assuming there’s a season, as sporting information has modified abruptly of late and will proceed to take action.