SEC Announces Scheduling Format for 2024 Football Season
SANDESTIN BEACH, Florida – Southeastern Conference officials have determined the scheduling format for the 2024 football season during their annual spring meetings in Sandestin. The decision comes as the conference continues to work out the details on how they will move forward following the addition of Texas and Oklahoma to the SEC.
For 2024, SEC teams will play eight conference games, along with one required appointment from the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, or a major independent.
In addition, the SEC will eliminate divisions, and the SEC Championship Game will feature the top two teams in the standings at the end of the regular season. This also allows every school to play every other school a minimum of two times in four years, even if the conference schedule eventually moves to nine games.
“We have been engaged in planning for the entry of Oklahoma and Texas into the SEC since the summer of 2021, but the change of membership date from 2025 to 2024 creates scheduling complexities that can better be managed with a one-year schedule.”
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey
The SEC Network will feature a special schedule release show for each school’s opponents on June 14th, but the dates of those games will be announced at a later date.
Focused On The Now
While there is sure to be a lot of debate and chatter regarding the new schedule, there’s still a whole season to go before we even get there. Ole Miss kicks off its 2023 campaign on September 2nd in Oxford as Mercer comes to town. The Rebels 2023 schedule was ranked as the hardest in the nation by ESPN.
Ole Miss’ conference slate features road games at Alabama, Auburn, defending champion Georgia, and Mississippi State, while the home matchups will be against LSU, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, and Texas A&M. The Rebels non-conference schedule features Mercer, Tulane, Georgia Tech, and Louisiana Monroe. The Rebels will look to rebound from a 2022 season that saw them drop five of their last six contests as rumors of Kiffin-To-Auburn swirled.
Ole Miss’ opening-day matchup with Mercer will kick off at 1:00 p.m. on the SEC Network+ and ESPN+.
Austin has more than ten years in sports media, including sports talk radio, play-by-play broadcasting and journalism. He has followed Ole Miss athletics for his entire life and has covered the Rebels and the rest of the SEC while working in the Memphis media market. Outside of sports media, Austin is a musician and outdoorsman. Before a serious accident forced him to be medically discharged, he was a multi-media journalist with the Mississippi National Guard.