2018 SEC football schedule release: Full team-by-team schedules and takeaways

It's never too early to start looking way ahead, and the SEC provided the fodder Tuesday afternoon when it dropped its 2018 schedule on the college football world. 

The schedule features a fun Week 1 with home and neutral site matchups that will define the early landscape of the season, a conference schedule that is loaded with monster matchups, and the traditional rivalry matchups to close the season in style.

Here's how the 2018 schedule looks for all 14 SEC teams.

Alabama Crimson Tide

DateOpponent

Sept. 1

vs. Louisville in Orlando, Florida

Sept. 8

Arkansas State

Sept. 15

at Ole Miss

Sept. 22

Texas A&M

Sept. 29

Louisiana-Lafayette

Oct. 6

at Arkansas

Oct. 13

Missouri

Oct. 20

at Tennessee

Oct. 27

BYE

Nov. 3

at LSU

Nov. 10

Mississippi State

Nov. 17

The Citadel

Nov. 24

Auburn

Takeaway: Can you imagine the hype if Lamar Jackson decides to stay at Louisville? A full offseason for Nick Saban's defense to prepare for the most electric player in college football would be extra-spicy. 

Arkansas Razorbacks

DateOpponent

Sept. 1

Eastern Illinois

Sept. 8 

at Colorado State

Sept. 15

North Texas

Sept. 22

at Auburn

Sept. 29

vs. Texas A&M in Arlington, Texas

Oct. 6

Alabama

Oct. 13

Ole Miss

Oct. 20

Tulsa

Oct. 27

Vanderbilt

Nov. 3

BYE

Nov. 10

LSU

Nov. 17

at Mississippi State

Nov. 24

at Missouri

Takeaway: Arkansas has to get through that Auburn-Texas A&M stretch with just one loss. Chalk up a home loss to Alabama to open October, but the rest of the month will be relatively easy and they don't have to leave home. 

Auburn Tigers

DateOpponent

Sept. 1

vs. Washington in Atlanta, Georgia

Sept. 8

Alabama State

Sept. 15

LSU

Sept. 22

Arkansas

Sept. 29

Southern Miss

Oct. 6 

at Mississippi State

Oct. 13 

Tennessee

Oct. 20

at Ole Miss

Oct. 27

BYE

Nov. 3

Texas A&M

Nov. 10 

at Georgia

Nov. 17

Liberty

Nov. 24

at Alabama

Takeaway: A neutral-site opener just up I-85 against a team that has to cross the country, followed by four straight home games gives Auburn a chance to make a big statement early in the season.

Florida Gators

DateOpponent

Sept. 1

Charleston Southern

Sept. 8

Kentucky

Sept. 15

Colorado State

Sept. 22

at Tennessee

Sept. 29

at Mississippi State

Oct. 6

LSU

Oct. 13

at Vanderbilt

Oct. 20

BYE

Oct. 27

vs. Georgia in Jacksonville, Florida

Nov. 3

Missouri

Nov. 10

South Carolina

Nov. 17

Idaho

Nov. 24 

at Florida State

Takeaway: Florida will be in business if it can get through those four games leading up to the bye week with three wins. One loss over that stretch -- which includes three road games -- should be tolerable. 

Georgia Bulldogs

DateOpponent

Sept. 1

Austin Peay

Sept. 8

at South Carolina

Sept. 15

Middle Tennessee

Sept. 22

at Missouri

Sept. 29

Tennessee

Oct. 6

Vanderbilt

Oct. 13

at LSU

Oct. 20

BYE

Oct. 27

vs. Florida in Jacksonville, Florida

Nov. 3 

at Kentucky

Nov. 10

Auburn

Nov. 17

UMass

Nov. 24

Georgia Tech

Takeaway: There isn't a gauntlet on this schedule. Sure, there are tough games and tricky spots in consecutive weeks. But nothing that jumps out and screams "there's no way they can get through this."

Kentucky Wildcats

DateOpponent

Sept. 1

Central Michigan

Sept. 8

at Florida

Sept. 15 

Murray State

Sept. 22

Mississippi State

Sept. 29

South Carolina

Oct. 6 

at Texas A&M

Oct. 13

BYE

Oct. 20

Vanderbilt

Oct. 27

at Missouri

Nov. 3

Georgia

Nov. 10

at Tennessee

Nov. 17

Middle Tennessee

Nov. 24 

at Louisville

Takeaway: Florida, Texas A&M, Tennessee and Louisville all on the road. Good luck, Wildcats. 

LSU Tigers

DateOpponent

Sept. 1

Miami (Fla.) in Arlington, Texas

Sept. 8 

Southeastern Louisiana

Sept. 15

at Auburn

Sept. 22

Louisiana Tech

Sept. 29

Ole Miss

Oct. 6 

at Florida

Oct. 13

Georgia

Oct. 20

Mississippi State

Oct. 27

BYE

Nov. 3 

Alabama

Nov. 10

at Arkansas

Nov. 17

Rice

Nov. 24

at Texas A&M

Takeaway: That Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State stretch leading into the bye week is going to be what makes or breaks the 2018 Tigers. 

Ole Miss Rebels

DateOpponent

Sept. 1

vs. Texas Tech in Houston, Texas

Sept. 8

Southern Illinois

Sept. 15

Alabama

Sept. 22

Kent State

Sept. 29

at LSU

Oct. 6

Louisiana-Monroe

Oct. 13

at Arkansas

Oct. 20

Auburn

Oct. 27

BYE

Nov. 3 

South Carolina

Nov. 10

at Texas A&M

Nov. 17

at Vanderbilt

Nov. 22 (Thurs.)

Mississippi State

Takeaway: So a team that could incur even more scholarship losses, could see players transfer and could have a new coach has to play high-scoring Texas Tech, Alabama and LSU in the first month of the season? Yikes. 

Mississippi State Bulldogs

DateOpponent

Sept. 1

Stephen F. Austin

Sept. 8

at Kansas State

Sept. 15

Louisiana-Lafayette

Sept. 22

at Kentucky

Sept. 29

Florida

Oct. 6

Auburn

Oct. 13

BYE

Oct. 20

at LSU

Oct. 27

Texas A&M

Nov. 3

Louisiana Tech

Nov. 10

at Alabama

Nov. 17

Arkansas

Nov. 22 (Thurs.)

at Ole Miss

Takeaway: Getting Auburn at home, a bye week before LSU and Louisiana Tech before the Alabama game makes this a manageable schedule for the Bulldogs.

Missouri Tigers

DateOpponent

Sept. 1

UT-Martin

Sept. 8

Wyoming

Sept. 15

at Purdue

Sept. 22

Georgia

Sept. 29

BYE

Oct. 6

at South Carolina

Oct. 13 

at Alabama

Oct. 20

Memphis

Oct. 27

Kentucky

Nov. 3

at Florida

Nov. 10

Vanderbilt

Nov. 17

at Tennessee

Nov. 24

Arkansas

Takeaway: Missouri would have been much better off if its bye week could have come the week after Alabama. Not many breaks after Sept. 29.

South Carolina Gamecocks

DateOpponent

Sept. 1

Coastal Carolina

Sept. 8

Georgia

Sept. 15

Marshall

Sept. 22

at Vanderbilt

Sept. 29

at Kentucky

Oct. 6

Missouri

Oct. 13

Texas A&M

Oct. 20

BYE

Oct. 27

Tennessee

Nov. 3

at Ole Miss

Nov. 10

at Florida

Nov. 17

UT-Chattanooga

Nov. 24

at Clemson

Takeaway: If South Carolina can get to that bye week in contention, it comes at a perfect time to gear up for a relatively brutal stretch run. That Georgia game in Week 2 is huge for this crew. 

Tennessee Volunteers

DateOpponent

Sept. 1

vs. West Virginia, in Charlotte, North Carolina

Sept. 8

East Tennessee State

Sept. 15

UTEP

Sept. 22

Florida

Sept. 29

at Georgia

Oct. 6

BYE

Oct. 13

at Auburn

Oct. 20

Alabama

Oct. 27

at South Carolina

Nov. 3

UNC-Charlotte

Nov. 10

Kentucky

Nov. 17

Missouri

Nov. 24

at Vanderbilt

Takeaway: So Tennessee and Butch Jones (maybe) will play Florida, Georgia, Auburn and Alabama over a five-week span? That's not going to work at all. 

Texas A&M Aggies

DateOpponent

Sept. 1

Northwestern State

Sept. 8

Clemson

Sept. 15

Louisiana-Monroe

Sept. 22 

at Alabama

Sept. 29

vs. Arkansas in Arlington, Texas

Oct. 6 

Kentucky

Oct. 13 

at South Carolina

Oct. 20

BYE

Oct. 27 

at Mississippi State

Nov. 3

at Auburn

Nov. 10

Ole Miss

Nov. 17

UAB

Nov. 24 

LSU

Takeaway: Either the new head coach at Texas A&M is in for a rude awakening with Clemson and Alabama in September, or those two games bring a close to the Kevin Sumlin era. Either way, it's bad. 

Vanderbilt Commodores

DateOpponent

Sept. 1

Middle Tennessee

Sept. 8

Nevada

Sept. 15

at Notre Dame

Sept. 22

South Carolina

Sept. 29

Tennessee State

Oct. 6

at Georgia

Oct. 13

Florida

Oct. 20

at Kentucky

Oct. 27

at Arkansas

Nov. 3

BYE

Nov. 10

at Missouri

Nov. 17

Ole Miss

Nov. 24

Tennessee

Takeaway: This sets up for Vanderbilt to gain a ton of confidence in September, even if it includes a loss at Notre Dame in one of the more enjoyable road trips in recent Vandy history. 

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