Dawg Days: SEC announces updated 2020 schedule, COVID guidelines

The #4 Dawgs will open the season on the season on the road as they face the unranked University of Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark. on Saturday, Sept. 26. The Georgian v Florida game will be held In Jacksonville on Nov. 7

The Southeastern Conference, on Monday, Aug. 17, announced the new football schedules for all 14 SEC schools for the 2020 season. Last month, the SEC established September 26 as the new kickoff for its 2020 football season to allow its universities to focus on the healthy return of their campus communities and the gradual re-introduction of athletics, as the 14 members of the SEC continue to monitor developments related to COVID-19.


The 2020 SEC football season is comprised of a 10-game Conference-only schedule and the SEC Football Championship Game will be played December 19 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, rescheduled from the original date of December 5. The schedule includes one mid-season open date for each school and an open date on December 12 for all schools.


Each SEC team will play 10 conference football games to include six games against division opponents and four games against non-division opponents. The season is scheduled to begin on September 26 and will culminate with the SEC Championship Game. It will be the 29th edition of the game and the 27th in the city of Atlanta.


UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA BULLDOGS FOOTBALL - 2020 Schedule


Saturday, Sept. 26

Season opener on the road against the University of Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark. According to the Bulldogs stat archives, the last time the Dawgs played the Razorbacks was on Oct. 18, 2014, when the Dawgs trounced the Razorbacks in a 45-32 win. The Dawgs have won 10 out of the last 14 games against the Razorbacks. New Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman served on Kirby Smart’s staff each of the last four seasons after coaching the Razorbacks’ offensive line for three seasons from 2013-15


Saturday, Oct. 3

The Dawgs come home to Sanford Stadium to face the #11 Auburn Tigers. Their last matchup was on Nov. 16,2019, when the Dawgs beat the Tigers 21-14 in the SEC Eastern Division championship. Auburn has proven a competitive opponent - the Dawgs have claimed 60 wins, while yielding 56 losses and 8 ties.


Saturday, Oct. 10

Retaining home field advantage, the Dawgs will face the unranked University of Tennessee Volunteers. Their last matchup was a 43-14 come-from-behind win for the Dawgs on Oct. 5, 2019.


Saturday, Oct. 17

Back on the road, the Dawgs will head to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to face the #3-ranked Crimson Tide. Georgia's last matchup with Alabama was a tough 28-35 loss against the then-ranked #1 Tide in the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Bulldogs have long struggled with this foe, recording 25 wins and 40 losses, with 4 ties.


Saturday, Oct. 24

The Bulldogs will take on the unranked Kentucky Wildcats in Lexington. Their last matchup was a 21-0 shut-out on Oct. 19,2019. The Dawgs have put in 59 wins agains the Wildcats, with 12 losses and 2 ties.


Saturday, Nov. 7

The iconic Georgia v Florida game in Jacksonville will give the Dawgs a chance to repeat last Nov. 2nd's 24-17 win over the neighboring rival, the #8 Florida Gators, when Georgia finished the game 12-of-18 on third-down conversions, including a 22-yard reception on a 3rd-and-7 from tight end Eli Wolf in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs outgained the Gators, 398 to 278, on the day. The Bulldogs have walked away victorious in 53 matchups, with 43 losses and two ties.


Saturday, Nov. 14

The Bulldogs head to Columbia, Mo. to face the Tigers, whom they last saw in a 27-0 victory at home on Nov. 9,2019, when graduate placekicker Rodrigo Blankenship matched his career best with four made field goals. The Bulldogs' defense held Missouri to just 198 total yards, senior Tae Crowder recorded seven tackles and junior Monty Rice nailed down six.The Dawgs have recorded eight wins and one loss against the Tigers.


Saturday, Nov. 21

It will be a Dog eat Dog battle as the Georgia Bulldogs face the Mississippi State Bulldogs in a home game. The Dawgs have taken 18 out of 24 games against the MSU Bulldogs, including their last matchup on Sept. 23, 2017 when Georgia scored 31 points against a single field goal by the MSU team.


Saturday, Nov. 28

The Dawgs travel to Columbia, SC to face the Gamecocks. The Dawgs lost the last battle against SC with a 20-17 loss on Oct. 12,2019. Georgia has a 51 win, 19 loss, 2 tie record against the Gamecocks.


Saturday, Dec. 5

The Bulldogs end the regular season at home in a battle against Vanderbilt, who they last saw on Aug. 31,2019, when the Dawgs recorded a 30-6 win against the Commodores. Georgia has a record of 58 wins against Vanderbilt's 20, with 2 ties.


SEC Weekly Schedule


WEEK ONE

September 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


WEEK TWO

October 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


WEEK THREE

October 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


WEEK FOUR

October 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


WEEK FIVE

October 24

Alabama at Tennessee

Auburn at Ole Miss

Missouri at Florida

Georgia at Kentucky

South Carolina at LSU


WEEK SIX

October 31

Mississippi State at Alabama

Arkansas at Texas A&M

LSU at Auburn

Kentucky at Missouri

Ole Miss at Vanderbilt


WEEK SEVEN

November 7

Tennessee at Arkansas

Florida vs. Georgia (Jacksonville)

)Vanderbilt at Mississippi State

Texas A&M at South Carolina


WEEK EIGHT

November 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


WEEK NINE

November 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


WEEK TEN

November 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


WEEK ELEVEN

December 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


December 12

Open Date


December 19

SEC Football Championship (Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium)

COVID REGULATIONS

The Southeastern Conference has announced guidelines for its 14 member schools to establish expectations to manage the health and safety of fans in preparation for the 2020 football season, pending future decisions related to the allowance of fans to attend games as the Conference continues to monitor developments around the COVID-19 virus. 


The SEC previously announced its initial COVID-19 management requirements for the fall athletics season as recommended by the SEC's Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force, focused on safety measures for student-athletes and others in direct contact with student-athletes in all sports.


"These fan guidelines have been adopted by the 14 member schools of the Southeastern Conference as baseline recommendations for the campus management of fan health and safety," said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. "Although local and state guidelines will determine if and how many fans can attend games, these guidelines provide conference-wide expectations for protection of guests who are able to attend our games."


Institutions may adopt additional procedures and protocols consistent with their specific needs and circumstances to help protect the health and safety of all in attendance.


Attendance

  • Institutions shall determine the number of guests permitted to attend in accordance with applicable state and local guidelines, policies and/or regulations. In the absence of state and/or local guidelines, policies and/or regulations, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations on physical distancing should be applied.

Face Coverings

  • Face coverings (over the nose and mouth) shall be required as a condition of all guest ingress, egress, and movement throughout the stadium, as well as any time guests are unable to maintain the recommended physical distance from others who are not in their same household.

  • Stadium workers and athletics staff should wear face coverings at all times.

Food, Beverage and Merchandise

  • Barriers (e.g., plexiglass) shall be installed at all points-of-sale or otherwise all concessions staff shall wear a face shield plus a mask.

  • Queuing lines at points-of-sale shall permit physical distancing between guests.

  • "Grab and go" food/beverage options should be considered at points-of-sale locations.

  • Beverages shall be provided directly to guests. Machines designed to allow guests to fill or refill beverages must remain inoperable.

  • Condiments shall be offered only as single-serve condiments, and condiment carts shall be prohibited.

  • All portable points-of-sale locations shall be strategically placed to ensure physical distancing is permitted between guests who are in line or may be in close proximity to the selling location for other purposes.

Gate Ingress/Egress

  • Signage shall be installed at parking lots, pedestrian paths to the stadium, gates and/or other ingress/entry points that outlines mandates for all guests to wear face coverings, maintain physical distancing and mandates guests do not enter the stadium if they display any COVID-19 symptoms as outlined by the CDC.

  • All tickets shall be digitally scanned.

  • The footprint at all gates and ingress/entry and egress/exit points shall permit physical distancing between guests.

Guest Shuttles

  • Institutions that cooperate with and/or arrange for shuttles to transport guests to/from the stadium shall ensure the shuttle operator has sufficient protocols/procedures in place including, but not limited to, the following:

  •    Maintaining physical distancing while guests are on the shuttle, entering/exiting the shuttle and while waiting in lines to board the shuttle;

  •     Requiring face coverings as a condition for shuttle usage for drivers and guests at all times while aboard the shuttle, entering/exiting and while waiting in line; and

  •     Planning to sufficiently and regularly disinfect the shuttle.

Plans for Disinfection, Symptomatic Guests, Communication/Public Relations and American with Disabilities Act

  • Institutions shall have a documented plan that outlines the procedures/protocol for appropriate disinfection of the stadium.

  • Institutions shall have a documented plan that outlines the procedures/protocol for working with guests who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Institutions shall launch a communication/public relations campaign for communicating all COVID-19 procedures/protocol to prospective guests.

  • Institutions shall ensure they comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act in the development and implementation of all procedures/protocols.

Premium Seating - Suites and Clubs

  • "Suite hopping" shall be prohibited.

  • Sufficient signage that promotes and instructs suite holders to wear face coverings and maintain physical distancing shall be installed near ingress/entry points.

  • Furniture shall be arranged in clubs to promote physical distancing.

  • Each suite and club shall be supplied with sufficient hand washing and/or hand sanitizing stations.

  • Guests shall be permitted to access "field level" suites or clubs that are not within six feet (6') of any team area. Additionally, institutions must ensure guests do not access a pathway to enter or exit a "field level" suite or club at the same time a student-athlete, coach, team staff member, game official or other game participant is utilizing the same pathway.

Public Areas Inside Stadium

  • Institutions shall ensure the set-up and operational procedures in all areas accessed by guests permit physical distancing including, but not limited to, the following areas:

  •     Guest Seating

  •     Concourses and Gathering Places

  •     Dining Areas (high top tables, extended countertops, etc.)

  •     Concessions Sales

  •     Merchandise Sales

  •     Restrooms

  •     Elevators

  •     Escalators

  • Sufficient signage that promotes and instructs guests to wear face coverings and maintain physical distancing shall be in place in areas accessed by guests.

  • Signage must specify the maximum number of guests who may be inside an elevator simultaneously at each elevator entry point (elevator operators shall wear face coverings).

  • The usage of traditional water fountains or other apparatuses providing drinking water shall be prohibited and all must be clearly marked or covered to indicate its use is prohibited. This does not apply to apparatuses that use touchless technology.

  • Sufficient hand washing and/or hand sanitizing stations should be present throughout the stadium.

Restrooms

• Entry and exit points shall be clearly designated, and sufficient signage shall be in place to assist with traffic flow and promote physical distancing.

• Institutions shall implement measures that promote physical distancing, reduce touch points and/or assist with minimizing the spread of COVID-19 including, but not limited to, the following:

o Installing additional hand sanitizer and hand soap dispensers; and

o Leaving doors open at entry/exit points.


Tailgating 

  • Institutions shall determine whether tailgating or other large gatherings of guests (e.g., alumni events, university recruiting events, etc.) are permitted on property owned and/or controlled by the institution in accordance with applicable state and local guidelines, policies and/or regulations. In the absence of state and/or local guidelines, CDC recommendations on physical distancing should be applied.

  • Considerations should be given as to the time parking lots open.

Team Walks

  • Institutions shall determine whether team walks are permitted in accordance with applicable state and local guidelines, policies and/or regulations.

  • If permitted, all institutional personnel (e.g., student-athletes, coaches, team staff, athletic department staff, etc.) and guests in attendance shall wear face coverings.

  • If permitted, institutions shall ensure recommended physical distancing exists and may be maintained at all times between walk participants and guests. Team walks shall be prohibited if physical distancing cannot be implemented during its entirety.



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