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2013 SEC West Schedule Breakdown
Mississippi State QB Tyler Russell
Mississippi State QB Tyler Russell
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Feb 13, 2013


Breakdowns, analysis and predictions for all the SEC schedules.


2013 Schedules

SEC West

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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Alabama

Non-Conference Games: Virginia Tech, Colorado State, Georgia State, Chattanooga
Games Against The East: at Kentucky, Tennessee
Realistic Best Case Record: 12-0
Worst Case Record: 9-3
Likely Finish: 12-0

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Virginia Tech, at Texas A&M, Colorado State, Ole Miss, Georgia State, at Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, LSU, at Mississippi State, Chattanooga, at Auburn

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: None

Summary: Nick Saban doesn’t let his team take any game lightly, but if the Tide is 2-0, it’s going to take something crazy to not go 12-0 – or at least 8-0 before getting LSU. The season kicks off with a bang going to Atlanta to deal with a Virginia Tech team looking to rebound from a mediocre 2012, and then comes the revenge date against Texas A&M in College Station. Fortunately, there’s a week off before dealing with Johnny Football, and then the sailing is relatively smooth the rest of the way.

There’s no Florida from the East. There’s no Georgia or South Carolina, either. Instead, it’s Kentucky and Tennessee as part of a run of six home games in the next seven after facing A&M. The lone road game is at UK with Colorado State, Ole Miss and Georgia State before and Arkansas and Tennessee after. And then comes the week off and then comes the build up for LSU. Closing out with two road games in the final three weeks would normally be tough, and it still might be if Mississippi State and Auburn get their acts together and turn things back around. It’s okay to already start rolling your eyes at how Saban will play up how Chattanooga has to be taken seriously the week before the Iron Bowl.

2013 Schedule
8/31 Virginia Tech (in Atlanta)
9/7 OPEN DATE
9/14 at Texas A&M
9/21 Colorado State
9/28 Ole Miss
10/5 Georgia State
10/12 at Kentucky
10/19 Arkansas
10/26 Tennessee
11/2 OPEN DATE
11/9 LSU
11/16 at Mississippi State
11/23 Chattanooga
11/30 at Auburn

Arkansas

Non-Conference Games: Louisiana, Samford, Southern Miss, at Rutgers
Games Against The East: at Florida, South Carolina
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Worst Case Record: 3-9
Likely Finish: 5-7

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Louisiana, Samford, Southern Miss, Auburn, Mississippi State

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Rutgers, Texas A&M, at Florida, South Carolina, at Alabama, at Ole Miss, at LSU

Summary: Will Bret Bielema ever deal with a tough non-conference schedule? Going to Rutgers is going to be tough, but that comes after starting out the year against Louisiana, Samford and Southern Miss. Considering the Hogs get a horrendous scheduling break having to face Florida and South Carolina from the East, a soft early slate if forgivable.

Considering Rutgers could end up winning the Big East, it’s saying something that the date in Piscataway could be the easiest in a fun five-game stretch. Arkansas comes home to kick off the SEC season with Texas A&M before going to Florida, coming back for South Carolina, and then enjoying a lovely trip to Alabama. The off week is a must to gear it back up again for a rough November starting out with Auburn and going to Ole Miss before getting another bye week to get ready for Mississippi State and the regular season finale at LSU.

2013 Schedule
8/31 Louisiana
9/7 Samford
9/14 Southern Miss
9/21 at Rutgers
9/28 Texas A&M
10/5 at Florida
10/12 South Carolina
10/19 at Alabama
10/26 OPEN DATE
11/2 Auburn
11/9 at Ole Miss
11/16 OPEN DATE
11/23 Mississippi State
11/30 at LSU

Auburn

Non-Conference Games: Washington State, Arkansas State, Western Carolina, Florida Atlantic
Games Against The East: at Tennessee, Georgia
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 6-6

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Washington State, Arkansas State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Western Carolina, Florida Atlantic

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at LSU, at Texas A&M, at Arkansas, at Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama

Summary: The first part of the season won’t be without its share of storylines. Gus Malzahn’s Tigers need to gear up for a wild shootout with Washington State to kick things off, and then comes a showdown against his old team, Arkansas State, that’s good enough to pull off the road upset. And then comes the SEC schedule with Mississippi State coming to Jordan-Hare before going to LSU. If they can at least get a split, with a week off to prepare for Ole Miss and with Western Carolina to follow, 5-1 isn’t a crazy dream.

Going to Texas A&M won’t be a fun way to kick off a run of three road games in four weeks, but the home game is a layup against Florida Atlantic and dates at Arkansas and Tennessee are winnable. However, being bowl eligible by mid-November could be a must with Georgia and Alabama – with a week off in between – to close out the regular season.

2013 Schedule
8/31 Washington State
9/7 Arkansas State
9/14 Mississippi State
9/21 at LSU
9/28 OPEN DATE
10/5 Ole Miss
10/12 Western Carolina
10/19 at Texas A&M
10/26 Florida Atlantic
11/2 at Arkansas
11/9 at Tennessee
11/16 Georgia
11/23 OPEN DATE
11/30 Alabama

LSU

Non-Conference Games: TCU, UAB, Kent State, Furman
Games Against The East: at Georgia, Florida
Realistic Best Case Record: 12-0
Worst Case Record: 8-4
Likely Finish: 10-2

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: TCU, UAB, Kent State, Auburn, at Georgia, at Mississippi State, Florida, Furman, Texas A&M, Arkansas

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Ole Miss, at Alabama

Summary: The Tigers play UAB in the second game of the season and get Furman in late October. That’s it for the breaks and breathers considering TCU is going to be stronger this season in the opener in Arlington, and Kent State is still going to be decent after coming achingly close to getting into the BCS. Even so, 4-0 is more than likely with Auburn to kick off the SEC season after the date with the Golden Flashes, and then comes the problem.

With all due respect to South Carolina, the two teams no one wants to face from the East are Georgia and Florida, and LSU gets them both with the date with the Dawgs starting out a run of three road games in four weeks. After going between the hedges, it’s more cowbell time at Mississippi State before hosting Florida and going to Ole Miss. The Tigers should be the better team, but what kind of a state will they be in against the Rebels? Fortunately, Furman and a week off should recharge the batteries before the showdown at Alabama, and another bye week is a godsend before hosting Texas A&M and Arkansas.

2013 Schedule
8/31 TCU (in Arlington)
9/7 UAB
9/14 Kent State
9/21 Auburn
9/28 at Georgia
10/5 at Mississippi State
10/12 Florida
10/19 at Ole Miss
10/26 Furman
11/2 OPEN DATE
11/9 at Alabama
11/16 OPEN DATE
11/23 Texas A&M
11/30 Arkansas

Ole Miss

Non-Conference Games: SE Missouri, at Texas, Idaho, Troy
Games Against The East: at Vanderbilt, Missouri
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 7-5

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: SE Missouri, Idaho, Arkansas, LSU, Texas A&M, Troy, Missouri

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Vanderbilt, at Texas, at Alabama, at Auburn, at Mississippi State

Summary: The excitement is sky high for the Rebels after a whopper of a recruiting class, but the first half of the season could quickly calm everyone down. Going to Vanderbilt will be a tone-setter to start the year, and SE Missouri will be a much-needed cupcake to get everything in place considering what’s coming up next.

The key will be surviving the first half of the year with four of the first five games on the road. After the battle with the RedHawks of SEMO, the Rebels have to go to Texas, get a week off, and then have to deal with dates at Alabama and Auburn. There’s a payoff, though; they don’t have to leave the state after October 5th and have a run of six straight home games before going to Mississippi State. Will that matter against Texas A&M and LSU? The schedule should ease up by the time November rolls around with Arkansas, Troy and Missouri coming to Vaught-Hemingway after an off week.

2013 Schedule
8/31 at Vanderbilt
9/7 SE Missouri
9/14 at Texas
9/21 OPEN DATE
9/28 at Alabama
10/5 at Auburn
10/12 Texas A&M
10/19 LSU
10/26 Idaho
11/2 OPEN DATE
11/9 Arkansas
11/16 Troy
11/23 Missouri
11/30 at Mississippi State

Mississippi State

Non-Conference Games: Oklahoma State, Alcorn State, Troy, Bowling Green
Games Against The East: Kentucky, at South Carolina
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 6-6

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Oklahoma State, Alcorn State, Troy, Bowling Green, Kentucky, Ole Miss

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Auburn, LSU, at South Carolina, at Texas A&M, Alabama, at Arkansas

Summary: Can the Bulldogs beat anyone with a pulse? They couldn’t last year, fattening up on the easy teams on the schedule and losing to the good ones, but they’ll have a shot to make up for it right away in Houston against Oklahoma State. The rest of the first half of the season has to be great –starting SEC play at Auburn and needing to beat Alcorn State, Troy, Bowling Green and Kentucky - considering the second half is a bear.

Even with LSU to deal with early on, the wins need to pile up with a stretch of three road games in four weeks after hosting Kentucky. Getting the Wildcats from the East is a break, but going to South Carolina the next week makes up for it. That’s followed up by a trip to Texas A&M, and home game against Alabama and a trip to Arkansas. A bowl game could come down to the Egg Bowl rivalry against Ole Miss.

2013 Schedule
8/31 Oklahoma State (in Houston)
9/7 Alcorn State
9/14 at Auburn
9/21 Troy
9/28 OPEN DATE
10/5 LSU
10/12 Bowling Green
10/19 OPEN DATE
10/26 Kentucky
11/2 at South Carolina
11/9 at Texas A&M
11/16 Alabama
11/23 at Arkansas
11/30 Ole Miss

Texas A&M

Non-Conference Games:
Rice, Sam Houston State, SMU, UTEP
Games Against The East: Vanderbilt, at Missouri
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 7-5
Likely Finish: 9-3

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Rice, Sam Houston State, SMU, at Arkansas, Auburn, Vanderbilt, UTEP, Mississippi State, at Missouri

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: Alabama, at Ole Miss, at LSU

Summary: The pressure will be on, and the schedule is favorable enough to keep the momentum rolling. The numbers will pile up early with Rice and Sam Houston State to start the year, and the rest of the non-conference schedule won’t be a problem with SMU and UTEP down the road. Throw in the gigantic break of missing all the big boys from the East, and there isn’t much room for complaining.

The big test comes right away with Alabama coming to Kyle Field on September 14th, and road trips to Arkansas and Ole Miss shouldn’t be a problem if everything goes according to plan. There’s a week off to prepare for the Rebels, and there’s a week off to prepare for LSU in late November. That means there are only two road games – Arkansas and Missouri – that don’t come after a bye week.

2013 Schedule
8/31 Rice
9/7 Sam Houston State
9/14 Alabama
9/21 SMU
9/28 at Arkansas
10/5 OPEN DATE
10/12 at Ole Miss
10/19 Auburn
10/26 Vanderbilt
11/2 UTEP
11/9 Mississippi State
11/16 OPEN DATE
11/23 at LSU
11/30 at Missouri

- 2013 SEC Composite Schedule & Week Rankings
- 2013 SEC East Schedule Analysis