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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 21, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2011 10:58 am
 

2012 SEC football schedule released

I can see that if the SEC has a team ranked in the top 5 of the pre-season polls next year they will be playing in the national championship again because the SEC schedule is a freaking joke.

Look at the schedule for Alabama.  Its a joke.  Could they possibly play any worse teams from the SEC?  Mississippi Mississippi State and Tennessee are all bottom feeders again next year.  Why arent they playing Georgia, or South Carolina?  Sure they pick up Texas A&M but they werent really that good in the Big 12 this year.  And they add Missouri.  Same deal. 

If anyone wonders why the SEC has been in the championship game for 6 years in a row they just need to look at the schedule.  Lets see LSU or Alabama play the schedule Michigan State played this year.  Wisconsin, Nebraska, Ohio State, and Michigan in 4 straight weeks.  NO SEC TEAM TAKES THAT SCHEDULE AND GOES UNDEFEATED!

LSU has a week off (non conference) before playing Alabama.  Alabama is playing Mississippi State before LSU which is like having a week off as well.  Florida and LSU both have a non conference game before playing each other. 

South Carolina has the hardest 3 game schedule of all the teams.  Georgia, at LSU, at Florida.



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2011 10:58 am
 

2012 SEC football schedule released

 

geneh_32 - "I can't believe Mizzou was okay with going to the East. Why couldn't Auburn just move over? Mizzou in the East makes no sense."

Sorry. I don't have any good "insider" information, however, I would suspect that the SEC might be trying to keep the annual Alabama-Auburn game intact.  SEC teams play everyone in their own division (6 games/year), then revolve through teams in the other division (2 games/year).  There isn't any "fixed", non-divisional opponent, like in the BIG 10.  I know what you mean though.  But... I can probably deal with Missouri in the SEC-East more than I can deal with the "Pacific Coast Division" of the Big East.  Now THAT'S a mess as far as I'm concerned. Have you heard anything about the PAC10 and Big East merging?

      
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Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2011 10:51 am
 

2012 SEC football schedule released

In an effort to keep the cross-divisional rivalries, Missouri had to go to the East.

Alabama threw the biggest fit of possibly Auburn moving to the East. They would have had to give up their rivalry with Tennessee if that happened. Thus, we have weird divisions. 



Since: Nov 2, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2011 10:51 am
 

2012 SEC football schedule released

To Mizzou and A&M - Welcome to the jungle, baby!



Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2011 10:49 am
 

2012 SEC football schedule released

Auburn and Alabama should go to the East together.  Missouri and either Vanderbilt or Kentucky should go to the West.




Since: May 9, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2011 10:36 am
 

2012 SEC football schedule released

My guess: a long-standing SEC school doesn't think it should have to switch divisions to accomodate the wishes of a Johnny-come-lately.  Getting into the SEC is a pretty big upgrade.  I am sure Mizzou is happy just to be at the party.



Since: Nov 10, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2011 10:31 am
 

2012 SEC football schedule released

Hey osudoc,  I have my own questions about this schedule, but the October 27th game probably isn't their last home game.  This schedule is for Conference games ONLY.  They have a TBA game on 11/17, which will most likely be a OOC game at home.  I think it's strange that Missouri will be playing in the Eastern Division.  I guess it makes more sense than Texas A&M going to the East, but still strange.  I hope they flip-flop them next season so both teams get to play all 12 of the current SEC teams over 2 years.  Should be interesting!



Since: Dec 30, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2011 10:28 am
 

2012 SEC football schedule released

I can't believe Mizzou was okay with going to the East. Why couldn't Auburn just move over? Mizzou in the East makes no sense.



Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: December 28, 2011 10:21 am
 

2012 SEC football schedule released

Wow. Missouri plays 3 straight home games, then 3 straight road games? Last home game is Oct. 27? Hmmmm.


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