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SEC opts for conference-only play, delays start

The Troy Trojans will have to alter their 2020 football schedule once again after the Southeastern Conference announced they will play only league games in 2020.

The plan was confirmed Thursday by a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because an official announcement from the conference was still being prepared.

The SEC’s university presidents agreed on a 10-game schedule that eliminates all nonconference opponents and is set to begin Sept. 26, the person said. The SEC championship game, originally scheduled for Dec. 5, will be pushed back to Dec. 19.

The Trojans were scheduled to head to Knoxville late in the season to take on the Tennessee Volunteers.

This marks the third game this season that has been cancelled due to scheduling changes. Troy’s season opener against Arkansas-Pine Bluff was cancelled after the Southwestern Athletic Conference decided to push their fall sports to the spring.

The Trojans were scheduled to take on the North Carolina State in the second game of the season, but the Atlantic Coast Conference this week announced a reworked 11-game schedule that left room for one non-conference game.
The ACC wanted to allow four of its schools to maintain in-state rivalry games with SEC schools, but now Georgia-Georgia Tech, Florida-Florida State, Clemson-South Carolina and Kentucky-Louisville have been canceled.
The Big Ten and Pac-12 have yet to reveal their schedules but both could come as soon as Friday. Big 12 officials were holding out hope its 10 members would be able to play nonconference games, but options are dwindling. The SEC’s decision cancels LSU’s home game against Texas and Tennessee’s scheduled trip to Oklahoma in September.

 AP College Football Writer RALPH D. RUSSO contributed to this story