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2012 SEC football schedule released

Posted on: December 28, 2011 10:14 am
Edited on: December 28, 2011 10:34 am
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

The most desired Christmas present was delivered a few days late for many die-hard SEC football fans.  On Wednesday, the league finally released the conference schedule for 2012.  This is the first official look at how a 14-team SEC with Missouri (SEC East) and Texas A&M (SEC West) shakes out for each school. 

One early takeaway from the schedule on first glance is how it favors the reigning SEC East champion Georgia Bulldogs. Mark Richt's squad was able to bounce back from their 0-2 start and roll off 10 straight victories to earn a bid to the SEC title game. In that run through the conference schedule, the Bulldogs avoided a matchup with LSU, Alabama, or Arkansas. In 2012 Georgia will once again dodge all three opponents, drawing Ole Miss and Auburn as their cross-division foes.

Check out each team's slate below, and drop us your comments on what stands out heading into the 2012 SEC season on Facebook, Twitter (@EyeOnCFB), or in the comments section below.

ALABAMA
Sept. 15: at Arkansas
Sept. 29: OLE MISS
Oct. 13: at Missouri
Oct. 20: at Tennessee
Oct. 27: MISSISSIPPI STATE
Nov. 3: at LSU
Nov. 10: TEXAS A&M
Nov. 24: AUBURN

ARKANSAS
Sept. 15: ALABAMA
Sept. 29: vs. Texas A&M
Oct. 6: at Auburn
Oct. 13: KENTUCKY
Oct. 27: OLE MISS
Nov. 10: at South Carolina
Nov. 17: at Mississippi State
Nov. 24: LSU

AUBURN
Sept. 8: at Mississippi State
Sept. 22: LSU
Oct. 6: ARKANSAS
Oct. 13: at Ole Miss
Oct. 20: at Vanderbilt
Oct. 27: TEXAS A&M
Nov. 10: GEORGIA
Nov. 24: at Alabama

FLORIDA
Sept. 8: at Texas A&M
Sept. 15: at Tennessee
Sept. 22: KENTUCKY
Oct. 6: LSU
Oct. 13: at Vanderbilt
Oct. 20: SOUTH CAROLINA
Oct. 27: vs. Georgia (Jacksonville)
Nov. 3: MISSOURI

GEORGIA
Sept. 8: at Missouri
Sept. 22: VANDERBILT
Sept. 29: TENNESSEE
Oct. 6: at South Carolina
Oct. 20: at Kentucky
Oct. 27: vs. Florida (Jacksonville)
Nov. 3: OLE MISS
Nov. 10: at Auburn

KENTUCKY
Sept. 22: at Florida
Sept. 29: SOUTH CAROLINA
Oct. 6: MISSISSIPPI STATE
Oct. 13: at Arkansas
Oct. 20: GEORGIA
Oct. 27: at Missouri
Nov. 3: VANDERBILT
Nov. 24: at Tennessee

LSU
Sept. 22: at Auburn
Oct. 6: at Florida
Oct. 13: SOUTH CAROLINA
Oct. 20: at Texas A&M
Nov. 3: ALABAMA
Nov. 10: MISSISSIPPI STATE
Nov. 17: OLE MISS
Nov. 24: at Arkansas

OLE MISS
Sept. 29: at Alabama
Oct. 6: TEXAS A&M
Oct. 13: AUBURN
Oct. 27: at Arkansas
Nov. 3: at Georgia
Nov. 10: VANDERBILT
Nov. 17: at LSU
Nov. 24: MISSISSIPPI STATE

MISSISSIPPI STATE
Sept. 8: AUBURN
Oct. 6: at Kentucky
Oct. 13: TENNESSEE
Oct. 27: at Alabama
Nov. 3: TEXAS A&M
Nov. 10: at LSU
Nov. 17: ARKANSAS
Nov. 24: at Ole Miss

MISSOURI
Sept. 8: GEORGIA
Sept. 22: at South Carolina
Oct. 6: VANDERBILT
Oct. 13: ALABAMA
Oct. 27: KENTUCKY
Nov. 3: at Florida
Nov. 10: at Tennessee
Nov. 24: at Texas A&M

SOUTH CAROLINA
Aug. 30: at Vanderbilt
Sept. 22: MISSOURI
Sept. 29: at Kentucky
Oct. 6: GEORGIA
Oct. 13: at LSU
Oct. 20: at Florida
Oct. 27: TENNESSEE
Nov. 10: ARKANSAS

TENNESSEE
Sept. 15: FLORIDA
Sept. 29: at Georgia
Oct. 13: at Mississippi State
Oct. 20: ALABAMA
Oct. 27: at South Carolina
Nov. 10: MISSOURI
Nov. 17: at Vanderbilt
Nov. 24: KENTUCKY

TEXAS A&M
Sept. 8: FLORIDA
Sept. 29: vs. Arkansas
Oct. 6: at Ole Miss
Oct. 20: LSU
Oct. 27: at Auburn
Nov. 3: at Mississippi State
Nov. 10: at Alabama
Nov. 24: MISSOURI

VANDERBILT
Aug. 30: SOUTH CAROLINA
Sept. 22: at Georgia
Oct. 6: at Missouri
Oct. 13: FLORIDA
Oct. 20: AUBURN
Nov. 3: at Kentucky
Nov. 10: at Ole Miss
Nov. 17: TENNESSEE

Any games you are already looking forward to? What team has an early advantage thanks to the 2012 schedule? Let us know your thoughts over at the Eye On College Football Facebook page.

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Comments

Since: Oct 11, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2011 2:37 pm
 

2012 SEC football schedule released

Blah, blah, blah, SEC has no quality wins against quality oponents, blah, blah, blah, SEC is overated, blah, blah, blah, the SEC's great reputation is a result of media bias, blah, blah, blah.

Not to pick on you fortyacrees71, but I read these same types of comments over and over on here.

There is no southern media bias. If there is a media bias, it exists firmly where the media resides, in New York, Chicago and LA. If Notre Dame, USC, LSU, OSU, Texas and Alabama were to all go undefeated, the Irish and Trojans would be in the NC game no questions asked. (You know its true.)

Every top school in the FBS has opponents like Georgia Southern and UL Monroe on their schedule.  When a school like Alabama or LSU goes shopping for out-of-conference games, the Oklahomas, USCs and Michigans aren't exactly chomping at the bit (and vice-versa) to add another tough game to an already tough conference schedule.  In an evironment in which one loss costs you a shot at the National Championship, NO top program wants to load their schedule down with big boys.  Even in this environment, Alabama and LSU consistently sign up for the kickoff classics which do add an additional tough game to the schedule right at the start of the season.  Bama played in the '08 and '09 Chick-fil-A kickoff classic.  LSU played in the '10 game and played Oregon in the Kickoff Classic at Cowboys Stadium in '11.  And whether you care to acknowledge this or not, the SEC has produced the last six national champions.  That sort of implies that an SEC schedule has been fairly challenging over those six seasons.  Yes, you have teams like Ole Miss and Tennessee in every conference, but overall, the SEC has proven themselves, on the field of play, to be a formidable conference year-in and year-out.

With regard to the Penn State comment, I'm not speaking to the Big 10 right now, so I'm not asking them anything.  The Big 10 and Pac 12 are the conferences most opposed to any type of playoff system.  They want to protect their precious Rose Bowl.  Each January, with few exceptions, the Rose Bowl is the most boring and irrelevant game of the post season.  "Hey, who's in the Rose Bowl this year?" USC vs. Ohio St./Michigan.  Every single year!

Unfortunately, until we convince these two conferences to give up on their precious game, we will be stuck arguing stats and personal opinions, in stead of watching the national champion being decided on the field of play.





Since: May 9, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2011 11:54 pm
 

2012 SEC football schedule released

@Schmolik:

It's always scheduled for September, but it hasn't always been played then.  When I was at florida in '01, a hurricane postponed the game until late Nov/early Dec.  It was definitely during final exam time.    It was during the Grossman years, we were ranked #1 and lost by 2 points.  I remember wishing I had stayed home and studied instead :)



Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: December 29, 2011 6:59 pm
 

2012 SEC football schedule released

It all revolves around that National Championship Game. Until someone beats the SEC in the NC Game, the SEC will hold the right to say they are better. By the end of every season every conference looks top-heavy...that's just the way it is. People can argue any point they want to, but until another conference beats the SEC in the NC game, things aren't going to change much.



Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: December 29, 2011 6:12 pm
 

2012 SEC football schedule released

Bama beating a below average Penn state team in Happy Valley was not much of a quality win.  Ask anyone in the big 10.  The thing the SEC has going for it is quality bowl wins of late, great press, and yes, there is quality football played in high schools in some of those states.  So, good recruiting opportunities.  But one school's wins against another SEC school are giving too more value than they are worth.  I don't see the trend changing unless the Big Boys schedule some other big boys rather than Georgia state, Chattanooga, Louisiana-Monroe.



Since: Nov 14, 2010
Posted on: December 29, 2011 3:47 pm
 

2012 SEC football schedule released

Siddog:  Your comment makes no sense.  Not only did LSU play at West Virginia, they played a neutral site game against Oregon.  Alabama beat Penn State in Happy Valley.  The SEC has a team in the NCG because of the strength of the conference.  All of the other conferences complain and whine about the SEC, but until you start proving it on the field, you don't have much of an argument.  Look at the SEC's record in BCS games.  That says a lot about the conference. 



Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: December 29, 2011 3:17 pm
 

2012 SEC football schedule released

WOW - outside of the conference games, practically everyone in the SEC are playing at least three division 4 or 5 teams.  What's up with that?  And don't say how difficult the SEC is - see Vandy, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, etc.  Ain't no wonder the SEC always places a team in the championship game




Since: Apr 16, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2011 1:28 pm
 

2012 SEC football schedule released

Vandy's schedule looks like Georgia's also. It's just the way the cards fall.

Georgia had Alabama/LSU Arkansas/LSU on the schedule at the same time only a couple years ago. It happens every 2-4 years for every team.



Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: December 29, 2011 1:01 pm
 

2012 SEC football schedule released

Georgia, 12 game schedule, Buffalo, Florida Atlantic, and Georgia Southern...let's just say they start 3 and 0 and have a nine game schedule.  No Arkansas, no LSU, no Alabama.  Enough of the argument about how touch the SEC is when you have Tennessee, Vandy, and Ole Miss as conference home games.  Missouri, Auburn, Georgia Tech, and South Carolina are your competition?  No wonder Mark Richt keeps his job.



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2011 11:20 am
 

2012 SEC football schedule released

imakansas, Lord knows that there is no way in hell the SEC would want your garbage program. 



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2011 11:19 am
 

2012 SEC football schedule released

Ok KU guy, worry about your own pathetic program.  We're light years ahead of you at this point.  4 or 5 wins?  I would be shocked if that were the case and so would most people who know a thing or two about football.  BTW, Mizzou is 4-0 vs in their last four games vs SEC Opponents (Ark, Ole Miss twice, and SC).


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