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.
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.
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
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)
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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