SEC schedule day becoming own holiday

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Add another sports holiday to the ever-growing list.

Like Signing Day, the first day of March Madness and MLB’s Opening Day, the day when the SEC announces its crossover football games and conference schedules for the next season, is becoming bigger than the Internet itself.

Judging by what I’ve read today, a good portion of the South was all a-Twitter about finding out who their team will play in 2014.

Big picture

  • We already knew Florida’s permanent crossover was LSU – much to Les Miles’ dismay – but the Gators also have the privilege of playing at Alabama on Sept. 20.
  • Miles had to be happy to learn that Kentucky has joined Florida on LSU’s schedule.
  • There are six SEC games on both Oct. 4 and Nov. 15.
  • The SEC Network will have an impressive debut. Texas A&M opens the season at South Carolina on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014.
  • While Florida plays both LSU and Alabama next year, Georgia, Missouri, South Carolina and Vanderbilt play neither of them.
  • Mississippi State isn’t complaining. It plays Vanderbilt and Kentucky next year.
  • LSU also confirmed it will open next season against Wisconsin in Houston.

Key games

Texas A&M at South Carolina, Aug. 28

Georgia at South Carolina, Sept. 13

Florida at Alabama, Sept. 20

Texas A&M vs. Arkansas (Dallas), Sept. 27

LSU at Florida, Oct. 11

Texas A&M at Alabama, Oct. 18

Florida vs. Georgia (Jacksonville), Nov. 1

Alabama at LSU, Nov. 8

South Carolina at Florida, Nov. 15

LSU at Texas A&M, Nov. 27

Auburn at Alabama, Nov. 29

Championship game, Dec. 6

Next year’s schedule is based on the SEC’s 6-1-1 format, in which a team plays one permanent and one rotating team from the other division.

Unlike Miles, I like this format.

It retains the traditional rivalries (Tennessee-Alabama, Georgia-Auburn) and adds a dash of chance and unpredictability.

And who can say right now how strong Florida will be next year, or if injuries will wreck LSU’s season, or if Johnny Manziel will be playing at Texas A&M next season (or even this one)?

The East might surpass the West in 2014.

Who knows?

It’s fun to speculate and look ahead, but I’m not gazing too far into the future.

I’m ready for next Thursday to be here.

2014 Crossover opponents

East

Florida — at Alabama (Sept. 20), LSU (Oct. 11)

Georgia — at Arkansas (Oct. 18), Auburn (Nov. 15)

Kentucky — at LSU (Oct. 18), Mississippi State (Oct. 25)

Missouri — at Texas A&M (Nov. 15), Arkansas (Nov. 29)

South Carolina — Texas A&M (Aug. 28), at Auburn (Oct. 25)

Tennessee — at Ole Miss (Oct. 18) Alabama (Oct. 25)

Vanderbilt — Ole Miss (Sept. 6), at Mississippi State (Nov. 22)

West

Alabama — Florida (Sept. 20), at Tennessee (Oct. 25)

Arkansas — Georgia (Oct. 18), at Missouri (Nov. 29)

Auburn — South Carolina (Oct. 25), at Georgia (Nov. 15)

LSU — at Florida (Oct. 11), Kentucky (Oct. 18)

Mississippi State — at Kentucky (Oct. 25), Vanderbilt (Nov. 22)

Ole Miss — at Vanderbilt (Sept. 6), Tennessee (Oct. 18)

Texas A&M — at South Carolina (Aug. 28), Missouri (Nov. 15)

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13 comments Add your comment

gbal

August 22nd, 2013
10:42 am

Listen, those teams with stronger schedules will likely benefit once the playoff committee is established and SOS plays a bigger role.

I am telling you…. folks griping about schedules, having only division games count in SEC… we aint seen nothing yet.. Wait till this playoff committee goes to work and ESPN starts influencing those voters. Gonna be a mess. Sure B.O. will jump in to have his spin on it.

PigIron

August 21st, 2013
11:07 pm

When will another team from the East win a division title? It took South Carolina 18 years, didn’t it? Will Missouri be next?

Since 1992, Florida has won the East Division 10 times. Tennessee has won 5 times, Georgia has won 5 times and South Carolina has won once.

In the West, Alabama has won 9 times, LSU has won 5 times, Auburn has won 4 times, Arkansas has won twice and Mississippi State has won once.

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