That move by the SEC now eliminates marquee non-conference games like LSU- Texas, Oklahoma-Tennessee, and Auburn-North Carolina.
Speaking of Auburn, another impact much closer to home with Southern Miss now in search of a new opponent on September 26th.
The Golden Eagles were scheduled to play Auburn for the second time in three years, but now find themselves with two straight open dates.
USM was supposed to host Jackson State on the 19th, but that game was also canceled once the SWAC moved its season to the spring.
Here is a statement from USM Athletic Director Jeremy McClain “I am disappointed for our student athletes and our fans that this game will not happen, but we will make every effort to find a quality opponent to add to our schedule. Although the situation is fluid, we look forward to continuing to prepare for our season and will be communicating health and safety protocols for the Rock to our fan base over the next few weeks.”