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Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

Posted on: December 23, 2011 5:37 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The long wait to see exactly how the SEC has corralled its new 14-team monster of a league into its 2012 football schedule -- and on short notice, no less -- should be almost over.

According to a report Friday from Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun, the finished 2012 SEC schedule "is expected to be released Monday." The SEC's official Twitter feed confirmed Thursday that the schedule is in its "final stages" but would not be made public until after Christmas.

But to believe the sources who have spoken to Dooley, the process has already gone past those "final stages" to "completed." Among the impacts of the last-minute addition of Missouri to the SEC East, Dooley reports, is that Florida won't receive the returned home game from their cross-divisional rotation trip to Auburn this past season--nor will they get their new, expected rotated-in matchup against Ole Miss. Instead, the Gators will face only two West opponents (Texas A&M and annual cross-division rival LSU) while adding Missouri to their East slate.

Assuming that information is correct, it will put to bed once and for all the notion -- advanced in November by no less than South Carolina president Harris Pastides -- that the SEC is moving to a nine-game conference schedule for 2012. The SEC moved quickly to quash that suggestion at the time, and Mike Slive told the Birmingham News Thursday that he "[doesn't] sense any interest" in moving beyond the current eight-game arrangement.

But neither that statement nor the eight-game 2012 slate rules out a nine-game schedule in the league's future. Slive also confirmed that the 2012 schedule is intended as a one-year stopgap before the 2013 slate establishes the SEC's future divisional rotations, and pointedly added "Who knows what the future holds?" when asked about the possibility of nine games.

So some of the nagging questions about the new look SEC will (very likely) be answered on Monday. Some, though, are going to linger on for a good deal longer than that.

Since: Sep 3, 2011
Posted on: December 24, 2011 1:29 am

Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

Bid Daddy
Didn't Mississippi State come to Orgeon a few years back? Isn't Tennessee coming to Eugene in a few years?
That is 2 of the current 12 so if my counting is correct that is more than NONE 

Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2011 11:47 pm

Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

Here's an idea...don't play ANY games outside of the conference. Play all games in conference and then see which conference is REALLY better! Oh that's one cares about that because there's no money in that.

Since: Jul 10, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2011 11:34 pm

Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

Dear Big Daddy TD, 

Feel free to have Oregon join the SEC as the 14th member for 2013 so you can return to your 6 and 7 win seasons. 

Since: Jun 5, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2011 11:29 pm

Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

Actually, Florida played 4 games outside the confines of their state's borders. Tthey played zero out of conference games outside of Florida.

Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: December 23, 2011 11:11 pm

Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

Acutally, Tennessee's return game to Oregon comes in 2013.  Tennessee also has played @ California and UCLA within the last 4 four years as I was in attendance @ both games.  Georgia had a return game @ Arizona State last year or the year before.  Florida, however, NEVER leaves the confines of their state's border.  

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 10:43 pm

Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

 You're right.  And it's disgusting.  It's a new trend, especially, as the 9 ICG season has meant more Pac-12 teams not making bowl games.  Those games are a clear response to try and "guarantee" 3 wins before in conference season.  

Sadly, games like the LSU/Oregon game at the beginning of this year will most likely disappear, as it clearly hurt our season, even if it was good for college football.  The Pac is just following the lessons of the SEC in recent years and putting nobodies on their schedule to pad their record, and I hate it.    

Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2011 10:40 pm

Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

nolongerafan makes a good point. The Pac has a 9 game conference schedule, not an 8 game conference schedule. The SEC plays 4 OOC games and many of them are cupcakes. LSU was an exception this year. With 14 schools let's see them start playing more in their own conference. They have enough bottom feeders like mentioned before. 

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: December 23, 2011 10:39 pm

Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

This is why I hate the SEC! Who care who they play. Everybody knows that until we get a playoff system we will never have a true Champion and never have. When you play teams like Chattanooga, Samford, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Wofford, Appalachian State, The  Citadel, Furman, Western Carolina, Arkansas State, Western Kentucky, Middle Tennessee, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, North Texas State, Florida Atlantic, and Central Arkansas you start with 3 wins. I have a question why has every team in the SEC refused to come to Oregon.  We have invited every team in the SEC to play but NONE of them would come to Oregon. So lets just end this BS about who is the best and get rid of the BCS and then we would know.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 10:38 pm

Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

How is anyone "Hating"  

The Pac 10 has been playing 9 in conference games since 2006...which also assures 5 away games every other year (most Pac-12 teams play 5 or 6 away every year).  It isn't a huge secret that it gives the possibility of another loss.  Just ask USC how playing Oregon State away in 2006 and 2008 or Oregon and UCLA in 2007...didn't affect their ability to play in the NC game.  BTW, USC played SIX away games all those years.  Many people still think that the 2008 team might have been the best team in the Nation, they beat #5 Ohio State 35-3 and #5 Penn State at the end of the year in the Rose Bowl.  But they also lost to Oregon State in the third game of the year.  IF USC had lost one of those games in the SEC, they still would be in the National Championship game.  

The Big 10 and Big 12 both play 9 conference games.  So, 3 of the 5 AQ conferences already play 9 ICGs.  And nobody should be allowed to schedule a FCS anymore.  IF this is big boy football, then the NCAA should do the scheduling, not each school's AD.   

Since: Nov 3, 2009
Posted on: December 23, 2011 10:28 pm

Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

Again, for those people who like to throw stones.

Missouri St
Sacramento St
San Jose St(x2)
E. Washington
Idaho St.
N. Arizona
Montana St.

These are PAC 12 scheduled teams from 2011. This does not include teams like Minnesota, UNLV, Syracuse, Duke and Hawaii.

Do I laugh(or get angry) about the crap they schedule? YES! But I am also aware it goes on all over football. Not just in the SEC. Besides, these games aren't always walkovers. Ask Michigan. Or Oregon St.

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