Vols add Auburn, Texas A&M to 2020 schedule

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Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt yells to his players in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Vanderbilt, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Eight days after the SEC announced they were adopting a 10-game conference only football schedule in 2020 following mounting concern for the Covid-19 pandemic, the conference unveiled the additional non-divisional opponents for its member schools.

The Vols were already scheduled to play Florida, Georgia, and Alabama like they do every year, and the SEC didn’t give them any time to breathe in 2020 when they added a trip to Auburn (ranked 11th in the preseason coaches poll ) and a visit from Texas A&M (ranked 13th in the preseason coaches poll) to Tennessee’s schedule. With the addition of the Tigers and Aggie’s half of Tennessee’s opponents rank inside the USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll top 13.

In a statement released by the conference, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said

“We made every effort to create a schedule that is as competitive as possible and builds on the existing eight Conference games that had already been scheduled for 2020. This schedule is a one-year anomaly that we have developed under unique circumstances presented by the impact of COVID-19.”

Game dates have yet to be released by the SEC.


Previously scheduled: vs. Georgia, at Tennessee
Added opponents: vs. Kentucky, at Missouri

Previously scheduled: vs. Tennessee, at Missouri
Added opponents: vs. Georgia, at Florida

Previously scheduled: vs. Kentucky, at Georgia
Added opponents: vs. Tennessee, at South Carolina

Previously scheduled: vs. LSU, at Ole Miss
Added opponents: vs. Arkansas, at Texas A&M

Previously scheduled: vs. Auburn, at Alabama
Added opponents: vs. Mississippi State, at Arkansas

Previously scheduled: vs. Mississippi State, at Auburn
Added opponents: vs. Ole Miss, at Alabama

Previously scheduled: vs. South Carolina, at Florida
Added opponents: vs. Missouri, at Vanderbilt

Previously scheduled: vs. Florida, at Vanderbilt
Added opponents: vs. South Carolina, at Kentucky

Previously scheduled: vs. Missouri, at Kentucky
Added opponents: vs. Vanderbilt, at Georgia

Previously scheduled: vs. Arkansas, at Mississippi State
Added opponents: vs. Alabama, at LSU

Previously scheduled: vs. Texas A&M, at LSU
Added opponents: vs. Auburn, at Ole Miss

Previously scheduled: vs. Alabama, at Arkansas
Added opponents: vs. Texas A&M, at Auburn

Previously scheduled: vs. Vanderbilt, at South Carolina
Added opponents: vs. Florida, at Tennessee

Previously scheduled: vs. Ole Miss, at Texas A&M
Added opponents: vs. LSU, at Mississippi State

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