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Texas A&M to host Florida, play at Tennessee in 2020 schedule additions

August 7, 2020
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Florida and Tennessee have been added as Texas A&M’s two additional conference opponents for the 2020 football season.

The Southeastern Conference on Friday released a list of the two new games added for each conference school as part of its revised 10-game, conference-only scheduling model. The Aggies will travel to Knoxville to face the Volunteers and will host the Gators at Kyle Field. The SEC has not yet announced the full conference schedule, including dates for the two newly added games.

The original 12-game schedule was altered because of the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which thus far has caused more than 160,000 deaths in the United States.

The Aggies were originally set to open the season on September 5 against Abilene Christian. Instead, the SEC followed the lead of the Big Ten and Pac-12 and opted to delay the season and adopt a conference-only format.

That forced the cancelation of non-conference games against Abilene Christian, North Texas and Fresno State. A&M’s originally scheduled game against Colorado on September 19 had already been canceled by the Pac-12’s decision to play only conference games.

The Aggies still play their traditional SEC West Division rivals, and they were already scheduled to play South Carolina and Vanderbilt from the SEC East.

The addition of Florida and Tennessee gives A&M a more challenging schedule.

Florida quarterback Kyle Trask heads a group of six offensive returning starters from last season’s team that finished 11-2. The Gators have five starters returning on defense and are ranked eighth in the Preseason Coaches Poll.

The Aggies and Gators have a brief history of competitive games. A&M defeated Florida 19-17 in Gainesville in 2017. A&M fell to Florida 20-17 in 2012 in the Aggies’ first game as an SEC member.

Tennessee returns eight offensive and eight defensive starters from last season’s team that finished 8-5. The Volunteers struggled early but closed the season with six consecutive victories. They beat Indiana 23-22 in the Gator Bowl.

A&M last played Tennessee in 2016, a game the Aggies won 45-38 in a double-overtime thriller at Kyle Field. 

Also, on Friday the SEC announced several medical protocols for the upcoming sports seasons. Each institution must designate a COVID-19 Protocol Oversight Officer. That officer is responsible for ensuring compliance with the protocols.

Among the protocols in place:

  • There will be centralized testing through a third-party provider to ensure consistency in surveillance and pre-competition testing.
  • Football, volleyball and soccer players, coaches and others involved with those programs will be tested for the COVID-19 virus at least twice a week.
  • Coaches, staff and non-competing players will be required to wear face coverings on the sideline. Physical distancing will be practiced.
  • Cross country athletes must wear face coverings at the starting line, but can remove them as sufficient distancing is achieved.
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Texas A&M to host Florida, play at Tennessee in 2020 schedule additions

17,919 Views | 14 Replies | Last: 1 mo ago by Tamu_mgm
greg.w.h
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The Florida return trip is especially exciting. But both games should highlight the superior football in our league.
4gone
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We would not have lost to Florida in 2012 if we had a kicker that could make fiield goals and extra points
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Jimbo must be frustrated.

finally gets Clemson off the schedule...and will now play Florida twice in the next 3 years
davido
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Any chance Knoxville tickets will be available for visitors?
agwin12
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What's the date for the TN game?
"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill
TAMU74
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Great additions to the schedule.
agwin12
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Oops...just read that the dates have not been determined.
"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill
William_C_G
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Were these the next two schools on our out of division schedule?
_mpaul
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Quote:

Coaches, staff and non-competing players will be required to wear face coverings on the sideline. Physical distancing will be practiced.
But we'll let at least 22 players from each team, plus special teams, plus subs, go out and get in each others' faces. So stupid.
Bungus
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Does this mean A&M and Florida will still play at Kyle Field in 2022?
laruejd
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Life is a risk.
McDadeTXAggie
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These games/schedule should help recruiting. I'm excited
redjalapeno-87
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I like the Florida games. Great fan base,
Tamu_mgm
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Better to have Florida at home and Tennessee away than vice versa.

A&M should beat Tennesee, and getting the Gators at home gives us a small edge.
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