The SEC has mostly gotten through its modified, ten-game conference schedule with a handful of postponements, but so far they haven’t had to cancel any games.
And assuming that nobody else has any more COVID outbreaks (not a safe assumption), they won’t have to, either. It will require moving some games around and making use of the extra date of December 19 (the date of the SEC Championship Game), but it can be done. Here’s how.
Alabama, Florida, and LSU
We’ll start with Alabama and Florida — the two teams likely to play one another in the SEC Championship Game on December 19. That means that while each of these teams only has one game to make up, they have the constraint of having to complete their schedules by December 12. They also have the additional constraint of both having to make up a game against the same team: LSU.
LSU is currently scheduled to play Ole Miss on December 5, and that will have to be moved to December 19 so that the Tigers can get in their makeup games against Alabama and Florida. On December 5, Alabama is currently scheduled to play Arkansas, while Florida has Tennessee on the schedule. Arkansas has a bit more flexibility thanks to having only one game to make up to the Volunteers’ two, so Alabama-Arkansas could be moved to December 12, leaving Alabama to play LSU on December 5. Then, Florida would play LSU on December 12. That’s solved.
Aside from LSU, three additional teams have two games to make up: Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas A&M.
Moving Alabama-Arkansas to December 12 leaves December 19 as the only date available for Missouri to make up its game against Arkansas. Likewise, moving LSU-Ole Miss to December 19 would mean that Texas A&M has to make up its game against Ole Miss on the 12th; that leaves Texas A&M-Tennessee to be played on the 19th. Missouri-Georgia and Tennessee-Vanderbilt — the only makeup games for Georgia and Vanderbilt, respectively — would then be played on the 12th.
That leaves a standalone makeup game between Auburn and Mississippi State to be played on the 12th; this has the added bonus of allowing Auburn to complete its schedule by the 12th should Auburn somehow win the West. (The same is true of Georgia in the East, while there’s simply no way around the possibility that Texas A&M could win the West while having played only nine games.) Kentucky and South Carolina have (so far) gotten through their entire schedule without any postponements and play one another on December 5, to boot, so both will complete their schedules barring any additional outbreaks.
So, here is what the next three weeks following November 28 would look like:
Alabama at LSU
Texas A&M at Auburn
Florida at Tennessee
Vanderbilt at Georgia
South Carolina at Kentucky
Missouri at Mississippi State
BYE: Arkansas, Ole Miss
Alabama at Arkansas
LSU at Florida
Georgia at Missouri
Tennessee at Vanderbilt
Ole Miss at Texas A&M
Auburn at Mississippi State
BYE: Kentucky, South Carolina
SEC Championship Game (presumably Alabama vs. Florida)
Arkansas vs. Missouri
Texas A&M at Tennessee
Ole Miss at LSU