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2013 SEC East Schedule Breakdown
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Posted Feb 13, 2013


Breakdowns, analysis and predictions for all the SEC schedules.


2013 Schedules

SEC East

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 ...
 
EAST
1. Florida
2. South Carolina
3. Georgia
4. Tennessee
5. Kentucky
6. Missouri
7. Vanderbilt

WEST
1. Arkansas
2. Auburn
3. LSU
4. Alabama
5. Ole Miss
6. Mississippi State
7. Texas A&M
Florida

Non-Conference Games: Toledo, at Miami, Georgia Southern, Florida State
Games Against The West: Alabama, at Mississippi State
Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Worst Case Record: 8-4
Likely Finish: 10-2

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Toledo, at Miami, Tennessee, at Kentucky, Arkansas, at Missouri, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Georgia Southern, Florida State

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at LSU, at South Carolina

Summary: The Gators don’t get much time to tune up starting out with a tough game against a good Toledo team with a great offense. Then comes the dogfight with what’s sure to be an emotional fight at Miami against a team looking to make a major statement. With a week off, everything should be ready to go to start the SEC season with Tennessee coming to town. Fortunately, it doesn’t get too much easier in conference play with four of the first five games – Tennessee, at Kentucky, Arkansas and at Missouri – against teams that didn’t go bowling last year. But the fifth game is the bear.

Playing Arkansas from the West isn’t a bad deal, but things quickly change the week after with a trip to LSU to mark the start of a long stretch away from Ben Hill Griffin. Throw in an off week and the Georgia game in Jacksonville and Florida goes from October 5th to November 9th without a home game. Not only are the Georgia and LSU games away from home, but so is the showdown against South Carolina. Georgia Southern is a break before finishing up with Florida State.

2013 Schedule
8/31 Toledo
9/7 at Miami
9/14 OPEN DATE
9/21 Tennessee
9/28 at Kentucky
10/5 Arkansas
10/12 at LSU
10/19 at Missouri
10/26 OPEN DATE
11/2 Georgia (in Jacksonville)
11/9 Vanderbilt
11/16 at South Carolina
11/23 Georgia Southern
11/30 Florida State

Georgia

Non-Conference Games: at Clemson, North Texas, Appalachian State, at Georgia Tech
Games Against The West: LSU, at Auburn
Realistic Best Case Record: 12-0
Worst Case Record: 8-4
Likely Finish: 10-2

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: at Clemson, South Carolina, North Texas, at Tennessee, Missouri, at Vanderbilt, Appalachian State, at Auburn, Kentucky, at Georgia Tech

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: LSU, Florida

Summary: The Bulldogs aren’t taking it easy starting out with a statement game at Clemson and finishing up on the road in the rivalry battle against Georgia Tech. The two nasty non-conference games make home dates against North Texas and Appalachian State forgivable, but it’s not a plus get one of the off weeks before dealing with the Mean Green in mid-September.

As if facing the Tigers to kick off the year wasn’t tough enough, the Bulldogs have to be rocking and rolling the week after for the SEC opener against South Carolina. The bad: the next SEC game is against LSU. The good: it’s at home, and missing Texas A&M and Alabama is a positive. The home game against Missouri is the only date in Athens from late September to November 9th, going on the road to face Tennessee and Vanderbilt in between to go along with the dates against Mizzou and Florida. Going to Auburn won’t be easy, but the team should be rested after playing Appalachian State the week before. The SEC season ends up with Kentucky at home.

2013 Schedule
8/31 at Clemson
9/7 South Carolina
9/14 OPEN DATE
9/21 North Texas
9/28 LSU
10/5 at Tennessee
10/12 Missouri
10/19 at Vanderbilt
10/26 OPEN DATE
11/2 Florida (in Jacksonville)
11/9 Appalachian State
11/16 at Auburn
11/23 Kentucky
11/30 at Georgia Tech

Kentucky

Non-Conference Games: WKU, Miami University, Louisville, Alabama State
Games Against The West: Alabama, at Mississippi State
Realistic Best Case Record: 6-6
Worst Case Record: 2-10
Likely Finish: 3-9

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: WKU, Miami University, Alabama State

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: Louisville, Florida, at South Carolina, Alabama, at Mississippi State, Missouri, at Vanderbilt, at Georgia, Tennessee

Summary: After the problems of last year and with a new coaching staff, the Wildcats need wins and they need them fast. However, Western Kentucky and head coach Bobby Petrino won’t be pushovers in the opener in Nashville, but it’s a must win as is the follow-up with Miami University before the rivalry date against Louisville. Alabama State is the other non-conference game, but that’s not until early November.

There’s a week off before one of the nastiest three game stretches on any schedule – Florida, at South Carolina, Alabama. There’s a break after the date with the Tide before having to go to Mississippi State. The Alabama State game will be a much-needed break, but beating Missouri at home the week after could turn out to be the key to the season – it’s a winnable home game before having to go on the road to face Vanderbilt and Georgia. The year ends up with Tennessee at home.

2013 Schedule
8/31 WKU (in Nashville)
9/7 Miami University
9/14 Louisville
9/21 OPEN DATE
9/28 Florida
10/5 at South Carolina
10/12 Alabama
10/19 OPEN DATE
10/26 at Mississippi State
11/2 Alabama State
11/9 Missouri
11/16 at Vanderbilt
11/23 at Georgia
11/30 Tennessee

Missouri

Non-Conference Games: Murray State, Toledo, at Indiana, Arkansas State
Games Against The West: at Ole Miss, Texas A&M
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Worst Case Record: 5-7
Likely Finish: 7-5

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Murray State, Toledo, at Indiana, Arkansas State, at Vanderbilt, Tennessee, at Kentucky

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

Summary: The Tigers are getting their share of tune-up games before having to dive into the meat of the schedule. Starting out against Murray State and hosing Toledo should get everyone warmed up before getting a week off to prepare for Indiana. Arkansas State is a must win before going to Vanderbilt with, most likely, a shot at a 5-0 start if everything goes according to plan. And then the fun starts.

Mizzou has a rough stretch after the trip to Vandy with a road trip to Georgia followed up by home games against Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee. If the Tigers can win a few of those, there’s a chance to be in a position for a nice bowl game with a road game at Kentucky to close out the stretch. As tough as the schedule is over the back half, getting a week off will help before closing out the regular season against the two teams on the slate from the West with a trip to Ole Miss and finishing against Texas A&M.

2013 Schedule
8/31 Murray State
9/7 Toledo
9/14 OPEN DATE
9/21 at Indiana
9/28 Arkansas State
10/5 at Vanderbilt
10/12 at Georgia
10/19 Florida
10/26 South Carolina
11/2 Tennessee
11/9 at Kentucky
11/16 OPEN DATE
11/23 at Ole Miss
11/30 Texas A&M

South Carolina

Non-Conference Games: North Carolina, at UCF, Coastal Carolina, Clemson
Games Against The West: at Arkansas, Mississippi State
Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Worst Case Record: 7-5
Likely Finish: 10-2

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: North Carolina, Vanderbilt, at UCF, Kentucky, at Arkansas, at Tennessee, Mississippi State, Florida, Coastal Carolina, Clemson

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Georgia, at Missouri

Summary: The season starts out with a bang and never lets up. North Carolina is a dangerous was to open up a campaign, but that’s just the warm-up act with the SEC East possibly on the line a week later with a road trip to Georgia. Throw in a date against Vanderbilt, and the Gamecocks have three great tests before hitting September 15th. It’s not like they’ll need the week off before diving into the middle part of the slate, but they’ll get it.

Going to UCF isn’t going to be a walk in the park to kick off a run of four road games in five weeks with only a home date against Kentucky to ease the pain. Arkansas, Tennessee and Missouri didn’t go bowling last year, but they’re all going to be better and they’ll all be looking to make a statement at home – but that’s it for the travels. The game in Columbia, Missouri on October 26th is the last road date. Mississippi State will be another fight before getting a week off to prepare for the home game against Florida. The team deserves a breather against Coastal Carolina before finishing up with Clemson.

2013 Schedule
8/31 North Carolina
9/7 at Georgia
9/14 Vanderbilt
9/21 OPEN DATE
9/28 at UCF
10/5 Kentucky
10/12 at Arkansas
10/19 at Tennessee
10/26 at Missouri
11/2 Mississippi State
11/9 OPEN DATE
11/16 Florida
11/23 Coastal Carolina
11/30 Clemson

Tennessee

Non-Conference Games: Austin Peay, WKU, at Oregon, South Alabama
Games Against The West: at Alabama, Auburn
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 6-6

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Austin Peay, WKU, South Alabama, Auburn, Vanderbilt, at Kentucky

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Oregon, at Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, at Alabama, at Missouri

Summary: The Vols need to enjoy the first few weeks of the season, because it gets really bad, really fast. They need Austin Peay and Western Kentucky to kick things off and South Alabama to close out September, otherwise the first half of the Butch Jones era would likely take off with a crashing thud.

Try this out for a run of brutality. After hosting WKU, Tennessee goes on the road to play Oregon one week and then goes the 2,928 miles to kick off the SEC season at Florida. After the layup against South Alabama, Georgia comes to town before getting week off to rest up for South Carolina and road trips to Alabama and Missouri. November isn’t too bad with home games against Auburn and Vanderbilt wrapped around a week off. The regular season finale is a must win at Kentucky.

2013 Schedule
8/31 Austin Peay
9/7 WKU
9/14 at Oregon
9/21 at Florida
9/28 South Alabama
10/5 Georgia
10/12 OPEN DATE
10/19 South Carolina
10/26 at Alabama
11/2 at Missouri
11/9 Auburn
11/16 OPEN DATE
11/23 Vanderbilt
11/30 at Kentucky

Vanderbilt

Non-Conference Games: Austin Peay, at UMass, UAB, Wake Forest
Games Against The West: Ole Miss, at Texas A&M
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 7-5

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Ole Miss, Austin Peay, at UMass, UAB, Missouri, Kentucky, Wake Forest

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at South Carolina, Georgia, at Texas A&M, Florida, at Tennessee

Summary: It’s not bad overall, but the Commodores won’t have much wiggle room for mistakes. With a few horrendous SEC road games to deal with, getting a win over Ole Miss to start out the season on August 31st is an absolute must. A victory will mean a 2-0 start – Austin Peay is up next – before going on the road to face South Carolina. Fortunately, a road trip to UMass and a home game against UAB follow, so 4-1 isn’t out of the question before hosting Missouri and getting a week off. They’ll need it.

Georgia comes to Nashville, but three of the next four games are on the road including trips to Texas A&M and Florida before the relatively easy final stretch. The final week off comes before facing the Gators, and then the team doesn’t leave Tennessee facing Kentucky and Wake Forest at home and going to Knoxville to play the Vols.

2013 Schedule
8/31 Ole Miss
9/7 Austin Peay
9/14 at South Carolina
9/21 at UMass
9/28 UAB
10/5 Missouri
10/12 OPEN DATE
10/19 Georgia
10/26 at Texas A&M
11/2 OPEN DATE
11/9 at Florida
11/16 Kentucky
11/23 at Tennessee
11/30 Wake Forest
 
- 2013 SEC Composite Schedule & Week Rankings 
- 2013 SEC West Schedule Analysis