After the SEC announced Thursday that it would go to a 10-game, conference-only football schedule this fall, rampant speculation began about how the league would decide on the two extra games. Unlike the Pac-12, Big Ten and Big 12, the SEC plays just an eight-game schedule and thus will need to add two more cross-divisional opponents for each team.
Many assumed that the league would push forward the next two rotating cross-divisional opponents from 2021 and 2022. That would avoid the conspiracy theories that surely will pop up if the league picks games in another manner, although it wouldn’t necessarily lead to a balanced schedule across the league.
Missouri coach Eliah Drinkwitz poked some fun at the rumors via Twitter on Friday.
— Eliah Drinkwitz (@CoachDrinkwitz) July 31, 2020
Georgia, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee and South Carolina indeed will be on Mizzou’s 2020 schedule, but Drinkwitz has added in some interesting new opponents. The New England Patriots wouldn’t provide easy opposition, nor would the 1985 Chicago Bears — assuming this is the time machine version rather than the much older current version of the team.
As great as the 1998 Chicago Bulls and the Mighty Ducks were in their respective sports, they might struggle to adapt to the gridiron — plus the Bulls have similar age issues to the ‘85 Bears. Considering the T.C. Williams Titans were a high school team, it’s safe to assume that that would be another win for Mizzou. Same with the Jamaican bobsled team from “Cool Runnings,” as American football isn’t a major sport in Jamaica.
All jokes aside, it’ll be fascinating to see which additional SEC opponents Missouri ends up with, as the Tigers aren’t considered a lock to reach .500 in the league and thus could use a softer slate as they attempt to reach bowl eligibility in Drinkwitz’s debut season.