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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.

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

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

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

Sept. 8: at Texas A&M
Sept. 15: at Tennessee
Sept. 22: KENTUCKY
Oct. 6: LSU
Oct. 13: at Vanderbilt
Oct. 27: vs. Georgia (Jacksonville)

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

Sept. 22: at Florida
Oct. 13: at Arkansas
Oct. 20: GEORGIA
Oct. 27: at Missouri
Nov. 24: at Tennessee

Sept. 22: at Auburn
Oct. 6: at Florida
Oct. 20: at Texas A&M
Nov. 17: OLE MISS
Nov. 24: at Arkansas

Sept. 29: at Alabama
Oct. 6: TEXAS A&M
Oct. 13: AUBURN
Oct. 27: at Arkansas
Nov. 3: at Georgia
Nov. 17: at LSU

Sept. 8: AUBURN
Oct. 6: at Kentucky
Oct. 27: at Alabama
Nov. 3: TEXAS A&M
Nov. 10: at LSU
Nov. 24: at Ole Miss

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

Aug. 30: at Vanderbilt
Sept. 22: MISSOURI
Sept. 29: at Kentucky
Oct. 13: at LSU
Oct. 20: at Florida

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

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

Sept. 22: at Georgia
Oct. 6: at Missouri
Oct. 13: FLORIDA
Oct. 20: AUBURN
Nov. 3: at Kentucky
Nov. 10: at Ole Miss

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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Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 3:00 pm

2012 SEC football schedule released

I just wanted to add to you guys that keep complaining that Georgia has a patsy schedule. Go to the campuses of Florida, Tennessee, Missouri, Auburn and South Carolina for instance and tell them about how they are just patsies on Georgia's schedule. Get real! I think you would have trouble getting off campus with your hide intact. If you run any SEC schedule the way Georgia did with 10 consecutive victories last year that is an amazing accomplishment. The others didn't and that is why they did not play in the championship game as Georgia did. And I don't want to hear South Caroline bragging about beating Georgia in the craziest game I have ever seen with Georgia dominating the game and then giving up four gimme touchdowns to find a way to lose. Georgia was by far and away the better team that day

I am not a Georgia fan so I could care less and live out in Wyoming however get the SEC on CBS and ESPN here now. Since I can now see the games I understand why the conference has one so many titles. After watching the midwestern, and pac 12 schools for years the overall size, speed, quickness and athleticism top to bottom in the SEC is very obvious. There are no pushovers in the SEC. The only difference is the bottom ones maybe need the ball to bounce the right way or another 5 star or two and they move to the top. The conferences I have watched for years out here typically have a couple good teams and a bunch that could not possibly be competitive in the SEC. You can not compare Georgia coming out here and playing Colorado or Alabama playing Utah. Not the same intensity of Georgia and Alabama playing each other or another SEC foe. Those were off games for sec schools and they just can not generate the same excitement as they can get up for conference rivalries. I saw Georgia-Colorado and Alabama-Utah. Two completely different teams than either playing Auburn for instance.

Since: Sep 27, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 2:50 pm

2012 SEC football schedule released

BullSchlitz, while the first part of your arguement makes sense. You blow all credibility with your typical  UGA fan byas. I love your thoery that UGA would have stuffed Arkansas the #6 team in the country with thier defense. Georgia played three good teams this year and went 0-3. Boise St 35 points South Carolina 45 points and LSU 42 points and how UGA is better then South Carolina because UGA beat Auburn and South Carolina lost to Auburn. Did you forget that day in September when South Carolina went between the hedges and beat your almighty Dawgs. don't want to hear it was early and if we played you now how Georgia would win.   all that said as an Sec fan I wish them luck in the Outback Bowl and do believe that if he stays out of trouble (Big if) that Crowell will be a monster Just stop using your opinion as facts and sey hey USC got us these past two years and as a UGA fan I am down right giddy that we don't have to play Bama Arkansas or LSU in the regular season for 2 striaght years

Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 2:47 pm

2012 SEC football schedule released

Why wouldn't this be the same schedule for 2013, just the home teams reversed?

& why is it only for 1 year?  Some people are speculating even more teams joining the SEC soon.

Now, to those talking about UGA having a "cupcake schedule" for 2011, don't blame us - blame the rotation & other teams having a so-so year.  Think about it, should the Dawgs gone 6-6 (or there abouts), NOBODY would be saying 1 word about the schedule, but how much better everybody else is.

& here's our 5 year rotation schedule that started in 2002:

2002/2007/2012/2017:  Alabama (A)/ Miss. (H)
2003/2008/2013/2018:  LSU (A)/ Alabama (H)
2004/2009/2014/2019:  Arkansas (A)/ LSU (H)
2005/2010/2015/2020:  MSU (A)/ Arkansas (H)
2006/2011/2016/2021:  Miss. (A)/ MSU (H)

Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 1:55 pm

2012 SEC football schedule released

I do not understand everyone jumping on Georgia's schedule again. They only play three home games. That hurts in the SEC as tough as it is to win on the road in that conference. The Florida game is a rode game for Georgia every year to Jacksonville, Florida in the Gator Bowl. A short drive down the road from Gainsville. For Georgia this is a rod game every year.

I never heard anyone mentioning the weak schedules of other teams when their rotation was against the weaker west teams. Georgia draws perenial power Auburn every year and when Georgia had the great teams of the early and mid 2000's they had LSU and/or Alabama on the rotation and Auburn along with Tennessee and Florida from the east when they were also good. This cost Georgia prbably three mythical BS championships with one loss years trying to run that schedule. Now all the Souht Carolina fans complain and I think that is because since South Carolina has never been relavent until the past couple of years their fans didn't realize there was a rotation and never cared because they were never competitive and it didn't matter anyway. I think they are now realizing that if you want to compete in the SEC you must play and beat good teams every week.

The only difference in South Carolina and Georgia's schedule last year was Arkansas which Georgia would have probably stuffed with their defense. One of the other two teams they played from the west Georgia absolutely crushed Auburn while Auburn beat South Carolina in Columbia. I guess South Carolina just can't handle those weak west teams Georgia has to play every year.

Since: Jun 17, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 1:53 pm

2012 SEC football schedule released

Oh, and one other thing, am I the only person on here that finds it strange that we will have no weekend in the season where all 14 teams are playing on the same day?

Since: Jun 17, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 1:48 pm

2012 SEC football schedule released

This schedule is pretty fair.  I understand that I am a bit of a Gator homer, BUT...

I find it strange that Florida will COMPLETE their SEC schedule on Nov 3.  This will mean they will have a full month out of conference before their glorious return to the SEC championship game on Dec 1.

The argument that Georgia will not play the three BIG teams in the west is a fallacy, because Georgia won't be any better than this past season and Tennessee and Florida will both be better.  Every season there is a surprise and picking October games in late December has a pretty low rate of success.

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2011 1:45 pm

2012 SEC football schedule released

What stands out like a sore thumb is that Georgia has a pussy-soft Kiss conference schedule
Other than the fact that any KNOWLEDGABLE football fan can see five potential conference losses in that schedule, you're right on the money. LOL If Georgia beats South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Missouri, and Auburn, they'll have earned their spot at the top of the East. Florida and Auburn will be improved from 2011, and Tennessee ans Mizzou (while games they should win) are not walkovers.


Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2011 1:39 pm

2012 SEC football schedule released

"Of course Missouri has no home games slated for November...why would the Glory Conference of the World ever want one of their beloved Southern teams built for speed to be forced to play games in the Midwest/North of the Mason-Dixon line and risk having to play a rugged style of football?"
Missouri plays a speed and finesse game.  They don't like to play outdoors in Columbia in November either.  However, they will have one home game against an out of conference opponent on November 17th.  And October is a beautiful month in Columbia, so if they get a home game against an out of conference team on October 20th, that should be their homecoming game in great weather.  Perfect.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2011 1:21 pm

2012 SEC schedule

What stands out like a sore thumb is that Georgia has a pussy-soft Kiss conference schedule for the second year in a row.
Clearly, Mark Richt has some Sandusky-like information on the SEC schedule maker. 

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2011 1:14 pm

2012 SEC football schedule released

I know it's a bit off topic but Michigan vs Alabama in Texas will be a fun game!

Mentioning that Bama will open the season against Michigan sets the dangerous precedent of making facts get in the way of posts by all the morons who think that anyone in the SEC ever has an easy schedule compared to every schedule in every other conference, and that they play any more cupcakes OOC than any other conference.



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