What the SEC's schedule decision means for Vols, Bulldogs, Crimson Tide

Georgia photo by Al Eckford / Georgia receiver George Pickens scores a touchdown during last November's 52-7 win by the Bulldogs at Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets will not play this season due to the SEC's 10-game league-only schedule.

The Southeastern Conference plans to have a 10-game football season that will consist solely of league matchups and will start Sept. 26.

That means no Tennessee trip to Oklahoma on Sept. 12 and no nonconference rivalry games such as Florida-Florida State and Georgia-Georgia Tech.

"This new plan for a football schedule is consistent with the educational goals of our universities to allow for the safe and orderly return to campus of their student populations and to provide a healthy learning environment during these unique circumstances presented by the COVID-19 virus," SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said Thursday in a conference release. "This new schedule supports the safety measures that are being taken by each of our institutions to ensure the health of our campus communities."

The SEC revealed its plans after a virtual meeting of the league's 14 chancellors and presidents.