2012 SEC West Schedule Breakdown
Arkansas WR Cobi Hamilton
Arkansas WR Cobi Hamilton
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Mar 23, 2012


Breakdowns and analysis of each SEC West team's schedule.


2012 SEC West Schedules  

East Florida | Georgia | Kentucky
Missouri | South Carolina | Tennessee | Vanderbilt  

West Alabama | Arkansas | Auburn
LSU | Ole Miss | Miss State | Texas A&M
 
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Toughest Schedules
Based on home games as well as who the teams play. when. From toughest to easiest ...
 
1. LSU
2. Alabama
3. Texas A&M
4. Auburn
5. Mississippi State
6. Ole Miss
7. Arkansas

Alabama

Non-Conference Games: Michigan, WKU, Florida Atlantic, Western Carolina
Games Against The East: at Missouri, at Tennessee
Realistic Best Case Record: 12-0
Worst Case Record: 8-4
Likely Finish: 11-1

Pre-Spring Projected Wins: Michigan, WKU, at Arkansas, Florida Atlantic, Ole Miss, at Missouri, at Tennessee, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Western Carolina, Auburn

Pre-Spring Projected Losses: at LSU

Summary: There’s nothing like a big test right out of the box to test the defending national champions. The Tide will know by the end of the day on September 15th whether or not they’re going to be in the hunt for the BCS championship with Michigan to open things up in Jerry World in Arlington and the SEC opener at Arkansas. Fortunately there are enough down weeks to prepare for the big showdowns; this might be Bama’s easiest schedule over the last few years.

Yes, there’s a brutal midsection that would ruin most teams with three road trips in four weeks, but Alabama isn’t most teams. It has to go to Missouri, Tennessee, and LSU, with a home date against Mississippi State thrown in the equation, but there’s a week off to prepare for the tough month. What comes after the run? Texas A&M. Western Carolina coming the week before dealing with Auburn is a nice break.

2012 Schedule
Sep. 1 Michigan (in Arlington)
Sep. 8 WKU
Sep. 15 at Arkansas
Sep. 22 Florida Atlantic
Sep. 29 Ole Miss
Oct. 6 OPEN DATE
Oct. 13 at Missouri
Oct. 20 at Tennessee
Oct. 27 Mississippi State
Nov. 3 at LSU
Nov. 10 Texas A&M
Nov. 17 Western Carolina
Nov. 24 Auburn

Arkansas

Non-Conference Games: Jacksonville State, ULM, Rutgers, Tulsa
Games Against The East: Kentucky, at South Carolina
Realistic Best Case Record: 12-0
Worst Case Record: 7-5
Likely Finish: 9-3

Pre-Spring Projected Wins: Jacksonville State, ULM, Rutgers, at Texas A&M, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Tulsa, at Mississippi State, LSU

Pre-Spring Projected Losses: Alabama, at Auburn, at South Carolina

Summary: The Hogs can’t ask for much more. They might get tagged with a road trip to South Carolina, but the other game against the East is against Kentucky. Rutgers could be the Big East’s best team, but it has to come to Fayetteville, as to Jacksonville State and Tulsa as part of the non-conference slate. The ULM layup is in Little Rock. There are only two trips outside of the state until the South Carolina game in mid-November.

Opening up the SEC against Alabama will show whether or not Arkansas is ready to take the next step forward, and it couldn’t have a better run up to the showdown with Jacksonville State and ULM to use as tune-ups. After back-to-back road games at Texas A&M and Auburn, the midsection of the slate is nice and squishy until going to Columbia, and then things get brutal with a road game against Mississippi State and a home game against LSU to close things out.

2012 Schedule
Sep. 1 Jacksonville State
Sep. 8 ULM
Sep. 15 Alabama
Sep. 22 Rutgers
Sep. 29 at Texas A&M
Oct. 6 at Auburn
Oct. 13 Kentucky
Oct. 20 OPEN DATE
Oct. 27 Ole Miss
Nov. 3 Tulsa
Nov. 10 at South Carolina
Nov. 17 at Mississippi State
Nov. 24 LSU

Auburn

Non-Conference Games: Clemson, ULM, New Mexico State, Alabama A&M
Games Against The East: at Vanderbilt, Georgia
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 6-6
Likely Finish: 9-3

Pre-Spring Projected Wins: Clemson, at Mississippi State, ULM, Arkansas, at Ole Miss, at Vanderbilt, New Mexico State, Georgia, Alabama A&M

Pre-Spring Projected Losses: LSU, Texas A&M, at Alabama

Summary: Auburn will know instantly whether or not it’s ready for a turnaround season with a date in Atlanta against defending ACC champion Clemson to kick things off and with the SEC opener at Mississippi State to follow. Win those two and it’ll be time to think of the Tigers as true West title contenders. With LSU lurking on September 22nd and Arkansas up next – after a week off – the first half of the year will be taxing.

It’s not like things ease up a ton, but they do relax a bit with road games against Ole Miss and Vanderbilt before getting a four-week homestand. While it stinks to get Georgia from the East, at least the game is at home, while New Mexico State and Alabama A&M will be light November scrimmages to rest everyone up. And then comes the Iron Bowl played this year in Alabama.

2012 Schedule
Sep. 1 Clemson (in Atlanta)
Sep. 8 at Mississippi State
Sep. 15 ULM
Sep. 22 LSU
Sep. 29 OPEN DATE
Oct. 6 Arkansas
Oct. 13 at Ole Miss
Oct. 20 at Vanderbilt
Oct. 27 Texas A&M
Nov. 3 New Mexico State
Nov. 10 Georgia
Nov. 17 Alabama A&M
Nov. 24 at Alabama

LSU

Non-Conference Games: North Texas, Washington, Idaho, Towson
Games Against The East: at Florida, South Carolina
Realistic Best Case Record: 12-0
Worst Case Record: 8-4
Likely Finish: 10-2

Pre-Spring Projected Wins: North Texas, Washington, Idaho, Towson, at Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss

Pre-Spring Projected Losses: at Texas A&M, at Arkansas

Summary: Overall, the SEC schedule is one of the toughest of any team in the league, but there are enough breaks to rest up and get ready for the showdowns. The world will want to focus on November 3rd game against Alabama – made even bigger with a week off before it to build up the hype – but the Tigers have a lot of work to do before the national title rematch.

Washington is solid, but 3-0 should be a near-lock before opening up the SEC slate at Auburn. Towson will be a chance to empty the bench, but that comes before a three-game run of at Florida, South Carolina, and at Texas A&M before the two week rest to get ready for the Tide. It’ll be tempting to take home games against Mississippi State and Ole Miss lightly after dealing with Bama, but the Tigers have to keep their focus during the finishing kick to be ready for the regular season finale at Arkansas.

2012 Schedule
Sep. 1 North Texas
Sep. 8 Washington
Sep. 15 Idaho
Sep. 22 at Auburn
Sep. 29 Towson
Oct. 6 at Florida
Oct. 13 South Carolina
Oct. 20 at Texas A&M
Oct. 27 OPEN DATE
Nov. 3 Alabama
Nov. 10 Mississippi State
Nov. 17 Ole Miss
Nov. 24 at Arkansas

Ole Miss

Non-Conference Games: Central Arkansas, UTEP, Texas, at Tulane
Games Against The East: at Georgia, Vanderbilt
Realistic Best Case Record: 6-6
Worst Case Record: 2-10
Likely Finish: 4-8

Pre-Spring Projected Wins: Central Arkansas, UTEP, at Tulane, Vanderbilt

Pre-Spring Projected Losses: Texas, at Alabama, Texas A&M, Auburn, at Arkansas, at Georgia, at LSU, Mississippi State

Summary: Enjoy the opening few weeks against Central Arkansas and UTEP, and have fun with the 3-1 start with a trip to Tulane coming after the home showdown with Texas, because the schedule gets really bad, really fast.

Getting a home game against Vanderbilt from the East should help offset the road trip to Georgia, but there isn’t a sure-thing win on the schedule after going to New Orleans to face the Green Wave on September 22nd. The SEC schedule opens at Alabama, and if that wasn’t bad enough, the Rebels have to go on the road to deal with Arkansas and LSU, too. If that wasn’t bad enough, the games against the Hogs and the Tigers come in a stretch of three road games in four weeks, with the other away date at Georgia. At least the Egg Bowl against Mississippi State is at home to close things out.

2012 Schedule
Sep. 1 Central Arkansas
Sep. 8 UTEP
Sep. 15 Texas
Sep. 22 at Tulane
Sep. 29 at Alabama
Oct. 6 Texas A&M
Oct. 13 Auburn
Oct. 20 OPEN DATE
Oct. 27 at Arkansas
Nov. 3 at Georgia
Nov. 10 Vanderbilt
Nov. 17 at LSU
Nov. 24 Mississippi State

Mississippi State

Non-Conference Games: Jackson State, at Troy, South Alabama, Middle Tennessee
Games Against The East: at Kentucky, Tennessee
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 5-7
Likely Finish: 7-5

Pre-Spring Projected Wins: Jackson State, at Troy, South Alabama, at Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi State, at Ole Miss

Pre-Spring Projected Losses: Auburn, at Alabama, Texas A&M, at LSU, Arkansas

Summary: It’s a quirky schedule with just enough layups to ensure a winning season. Whether or not a good year can become a great year will depend on whether or not the Bulldogs can hold serve at home. That includes the SEC opener against Auburn and a winnable game against Tennessee. If MSU can win those two, a 7-0 start should be there for the taking. And then it’ll be time to pay.

After closing out the easy part of the slate against Middle Tennessee, at trip to Alabama kicks off a fun month with Texas A&M coming to Starkville and followed up by a date at LSU and a visit from Arkansas. The regular season closes out at Ole Miss, but if MSU can win all of its home games, the Egg Bowl should be for a ten-win regular season.

2012 Schedule
Sep. 1 Jackson State
Sep. 8 Auburn
Sep. 15 at Troy
Sep. 22 South Alabama
Sep. 29 OPEN DATE
Oct. 6 at Kentucky
Oct. 13 Tennessee
Oct. 20 Middle Tenn.
Oct. 27 at Alabama
Nov. 3 Texas A&M
Nov. 10 at LSU
Nov. 17 Arkansas
Nov. 24 at Ole Miss

Texas A&M

Non-Conference Games: at Louisiana Tech, at SMU, South Carolina State, Sam Houston State
Games Against The East: Florida, Missouri
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 6-6
Likely Finish: 8-4

Pre-Spring Projected Wins: at Louisiana Tech, at SMU, South Carolina State, at Ole Miss, LSU, at Mississippi State, Sam Houston State, Missouri

Pre-Spring Projected Losses: Florida, Arkansas, at Auburn, at Alabama

Summary: Much of Texas A&M’s first season in the SEC depends on whether or not things will change under Kevin Sumlin. Will this be the same Aggie team that couldn’t close and kept losing close game after close game, or will it be stronger in tight games against teams its own size? There can’t be much more to ask for than missing Georgia and South Carolina from the East and starting out the SEC slate with Florida ant Arkansas at home. Mix those two games in with winnable road dates against Louisiana Tech, SMU, South Carolina State, and Ole Miss, and A&M could be 5-0 to start the year before getting a week off.

And then comes the run. LSU makes the trip to Kyle Field in what’ll be one of the most fun and emotional showdowns of the SEC season. That’s followed up by a brutal three game road trip to Auburn, Mississippi State, and Alabama. Survive that month at 2-2, at worst, and the Aggies should be in line for a nice record with Sam Houston State and Missouri at home to close things out.

2012 Schedule
Aug. 30 at Louisiana Tech
Sep. 8 Florida
Sep. 15 at SMU
Sep. 22 South Carolina State
Sep. 29 Arkansas
Oct. 6 at Ole Miss
Oct. 13 OPEN DATE
Oct. 20 LSU
Oct. 27 at Auburn
Nov. 3 at Mississippi State
Nov. 10 at Alabama
Nov. 17 Sam Houston State
Nov. 24 Missouri

- 2012 SEC Composite Schedule & Week Rankings
- 2012 SEC East Schedule Analysis
- 2012 SEC West Schedule Analysis