Where Every SEC Team Plays On Opening Weekend
The 2020 NCAA Division I softball season starts on Thursday and all 13 teams in the SEC will be in action. Five of those teams—Auburn, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Missouri—will be at the NFCA Division 1 Leadoff Classic in Clearwater, Fla.
Of those teams, Kentucky and Mississippi State will get the chance to play Team USA as the American squad prepares for the Olympics this year. Find the complete schedule for the NFCA tournament here.
The SEC's remaining eight teams will either host their own invitationals or travel to one.
Georgia: The Bulldogs' first game of the season comes against North Alabama in Athens, Ga. on Thursday. They start the Red and Black Showcase on Friday. The participating schools are UNCW, Howard and Kent State. They will travel to Clearwater, Fla. the following weekend for the St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational, where they will get to play against three top 25 teams: UCLA, Texas Tech and Northwestern.
LSU: The Tigers start their season in the same style as Georgia with a game against Central Arkansas on Thursday, and then they start the Tiger Classic on Friday. They will host Oklahoma State and Florida A&M. LSU does not travel outside the state of Louisiana for a game until the Judi Garman Classic in California at the end of the month.
Florida: The Gators will travel to Tampa, Fla. for five games at the USF-Rawlings Invitational starting on Friday. The following week, the Gators face the United States women's national team. Florida will also travel to California for the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic a few weeks later.
Arkansas: The Razorbacks will travel to New Mexico for their opening weekend. New Mexico State will host the Troy Cox Classic with Nebraska, Bradley and UTEP as the other participating teams. The following weekend, they will travel to Fort Myers, Fla. for the FGCU Invitational.
Texas A&M: The Aggies open their season at home with the Aggie Classic. They will host UT Arlington and Abilene Christian. The next weekend, they have their own invitational before they head to Mary Nutter, where they will face Oklahoma, UCLA and Arizona.
Alabama: The Crimson Tide will head to Tallahassee, Fla. for the Joanne Graf Classic. They will face Florida State and UNC twice. Like Georgia, the Tide will then head to the St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational the next weekend to face three top 25 teams: Washington, UCLA and Oklahoma State.
Tennessee: The Vols will be in Tempe, Ariz. for the Kajikawa Classic to face three top 25 teams: Arizona, Arizona State and Northwestern. The next week, they will travel to Mexico for the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge. Tennessee is one of two SEC teams participating, along with Ole Miss.
South Carolina: The Gamecocks will start their season at home in the Carolina Classic. They will host North Dakota State, Southern Illinois, Ohio State and UNC Greensboro. Along with Georgia and Alabama, they will participate in the St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational and face three ranked opponents: Washington, Texas Tech and James Madison.