Ole Miss and Mississippi State, and their fans, now know which SEC East opponents they will play in the 2020 college football season.

The Southeastern Conference office released the details of two additional opponents for each member team on Friday afternoon. Teams will continue to play their divisional schedules, plus four teams from the opposite division.

Mississippi State added Vanderbilt at home and a trip to Georgia. Ole Miss added South Carolina at home and an away game against Kentucky.

The full team schedule, which features 10 conference games and no non-conference games, is expected to be announced next week.

The championship game will be held on Dec. 19, after an open week.

Mississippi State and Ole Miss will each continue to play every SEC West team – Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, defending national champion LSU and Texas A&M.

The four SEC East opponents Mississippi State will face are Kentucky, Missouri, Georgia and Vanderbilt.

Kentucky, which will be chasing a fifth-consecutive bowl season, is Mississippi State’s “permanent” cross-division rival. MSU last faced Missouri in 2015, Georgia in 2017 and Vanderbilt in 2014.

The four SEC East opponents Ole Miss will face are Vanderbilt, Florida, Kentucky and South Carolina.

Vanderbilt, which had its last winning season (9-4) in 2013, is the “permanent” cross-division rival for Ole Miss. The Rebels last faced Florida in 2015, Kentucky in 2017 and South Carolina in 2018.

Other notable matches announced on Friday include Arkansas drawing both SEC East contenders Georgia and Florida, while LSU seemingly got the easiest path among West Division teams with the additions of Missouri and Vandy.

Florida will travel to College Station to face Texas A&M, while Auburn will travel to Tennessee.

Earlier Friday, the SEC announced its initial COVID-19 protocols for fall sports, including football. Testing for football will typically come twice a week – six days and three days before competition.

Coaches, staff and other personnel will be required to wear face coverings on the sidelines. The initial guidelines also include procedures for contact tracing and protocols for quarantine and isolation.


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