SALT LAKE CITY – BYU has lost another 2020 game against a Power Five football opponent, if there is finally a season.
The SEC announced Thursday it will play slate with just 10 slate games this fall due to the new coronavirus. This came a minute after AL.com reported the first news.
That BYU game was canceled against the Missouri SEC member on Oct. 10.
This also denies the possible match. AL.com first reported that there was a “strong possibility” BYU and Alabama could meet in Week 1 to help fill an open spot on the Cougars schedule, and a source told the Deseret News “Jay Drew the game”; it’s go ”if the SEC’s scheduling agreement included non-conference games.
That, of course, is not the case.
“This new plan for a football schedule is consistent with the educational goals of our universities to enable 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 in a statement. “This new schedule supports the safety measures being taken by each of our institutions to ensure the health of our campus communities.”
The Cougars now have 6 places open on their schedule now, including games canceled against Big Ten (Michigan State, Minnesota) and Pac-12 (Utah, Arizona State and Stanford) opponents.
The SEC will move its season start back to Sept. 26, with the SEC league game taking place on Dec. 19.
This story will be updated.