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Crimson Tide photos / Alabama receiver DeVonta Smith looks for running room during last year's Iron Bowl at Auburn. The Crimson Tide and Tigers will play again this year on Thanksgiving week, which is the next to last week of this year's season.

The Alabama-Tennessee game remained on Oct. 24 and the Alabama-Auburn game remained on Nov. 28 in the adjusted Southeastern Conference football schedule released Monday night.

There were, however, plenty of rivalry games that moved significantly as the result of the SEC's delayed 10-game schedule consisting solely of league contests that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Auburn-Georgia matchup will now be played on Oct. 3, which is the second Saturday of this year's season, while Tennessee will conclude its regular season by hosting Florida on Dec. 5.

The Gators and Volunteers last played in a season finale back in 2001, when Tennessee prevailed 34-32 in a riveting contest in Gainesville that had to be rescheduled due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

"It will be a tough 10 games, and you'll have to be at your best every week," Volunteers coach Jeremy Pruitt said Monday night on a Zoom call. "You'll have to sustain and stay healthy, and obviously this will be the first time any of us will have experienced this. It will be a great challenge that we're looking forward to."

Tennessee will open at South Carolina on Sept. 26 before hosting Missouri on Oct. 3 and then traveling to Georgia on Oct. 10. The league's most anticipated matchup — Georgia at Alabama — was originally set to occur on Sept. 19 but will now take place Oct. 17.

The SEC managed to maintain Thanksgiving week rivalries such as Alabama-Auburn, Arkansas-Missouri, LSU-Texas A&M, Ole Miss-Mississippi State and Tennessee-Vanderbilt, but that is the penultimate weekend of this year's season. The week after the Iron Bowl, Alabama will travel to Arkansas while Auburn will host Texas A&M, and Georgia will end its season against Vanderbilt after opening last year against the Commodores.

"This is a year about adjusting," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said Monday afternoon. "The teams that adjust will have an advantage. Usually going into preseason camp, you have the first three opponents broken down, so we'll be playing catch-up, as will everyone else in our league.

"This isn't a time for tradition."

Contact David Paschall at dpaschall@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6524. Follow him on Twitter @DavidSPaschall.

Southeastern Conference football schedule

Sept. 26

Alabama at Missouri

Georgia at Arkansas

Kentucky at Auburn

Mississippi State at LSU

Florida at Ole Miss

Tennessee at South Carolina

Vanderbilt at Texas A&M

Oct. 3

Texas A&M at Alabama

Arkansas at Mississippi State

Auburn at Georgia

South Carolina at Florida

Ole Miss at Kentucky

LSU at Vanderbilt

Missouri at Tennessee

Oct. 10

Alabama at Ole Miss

Arkansas at Auburn

Florida at Texas A&M

Tennessee at Georgia

Mississippi State at Kentucky

Missouri at LSU

South Carolina at Vanderbilt

Oct. 17

Georgia at Alabama

Ole Miss at Arkansas

Auburn at South Carolina

LSU at Florida

Kentucky at Tennessee

Texas A&M at Mississippi State

Vanderbilt at Missouri

Oct. 24

Alabama at Tennessee

Auburn at Ole Miss

Missouri at Florida

Georgia at Kentucky

South Carolina at LSU

Oct. 31

Mississippi State at Alabama

Arkansas at Texas A&M

LSU at Auburn

Kentucky at Missouri

Ole Miss at Vanderbilt

Nov. 7

Tennessee at Arkansas

Florida vs. Georgia (Jacksonville)

Vanderbilt at Mississippi State

Texas A&M at South Carolina

Nov. 14

Alabama at LSU

Arkansas at Florida

Auburn at Mississippi State

Georgia at Missouri

Vanderbilt at Kentucky

South Carolina at Ole Miss

Texas A&M at Tennessee

Nov. 21

Kentucky at Alabama

LSU at Arkansas

Tennessee at Auburn

Florida at Vanderbilt

Mississippi State at Georgia

Ole Miss at Texas A&M

Missouri at South Carolina

Nov. 28

Auburn at Alabama

Arkansas at Missouri

Kentucky at Florida

Georgia at South Carolina

LSU at Texas A&M

Mississippi State at Ole Miss

Tennessee at Vanderbilt

Dec. 5

Alabama at Arkansas

Texas A&M at Auburn

Florida at Tennessee

Vanderbilt at Georgia

South Carolina at Kentucky

Ole Miss at LSU

Missouri at Mississippi State

Dec. 12

Open date

Dec. 19

SEC championship game (Atlanta)

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