BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- The SEC released its 2019 football schedules for all 14-member universities on Tuesday.
The conference will move to a 14-week season with each team having two bye weeks, which is a change for most coaches and players. The nature of the competitive and demanding SEC, having another week for players to rest, heal from injuries, and prepare for big games will be a welcoming change to the season.
Each SEC team will play eight conference football games to include six games against division opponents and two games against non-division opponents. One of the non-division opponents will be a permanent annual opponent and the other non-division opponent will rotate each year.
The extra open date does allow most teams to face an SEC opponent coming off a bye week. Also, the extra date creates easier rescheduling for any games that are canceled or postpone due to weather.
The season begins the weekend of August 31 with 13 games, including four neutral site games on opening weekend with the SEC Championship Game in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday, December 7.