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2008 SEC Team-by-Team Schedule Breakdown
LSU LB Darry Beckwith
LSU LB Darry Beckwith
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Mar 28, 2008


The SEC is extending itself this year with the big boys playing some huge non-conference games, but it all comes down to the league schedule. Who does Darry Beckwith's LSU have to chase down to win another national title? Check out all the SEC schedules and breakdowns.

2008 SEC Team Schedule 

- 2008 SEC Composite Schedule & Top Games

Toughest schedules
Based on home games as well as who the teams play. when

East
1. Georgia
2. Florida
3. Tennessee
4. South Carolina
5. Kentucky
6. Vanderbilt

West
1. LSU
2. Auburn 
3. Alabama
4. Arkansas
5. Mississippi State
6. Ole Miss

East Division

Florida
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 12-0
Barring total disaster worst case record: 7-5
Realistic record: 11-1
 
There are just enough problems to keep the Gators from going unbeaten, but this is still a slate good enough to win a national title with. Getting Ole Miss from the West is offset by the home date against LSU, while the non-conference schedule is easier than it appears on paper. Playing Miami and at Florida State might be nasty again in a few years, but not now for a superior Florida team. Of course, in SEC play it's all about the East, and if the Gators can get by the early showdown at Tennessee it all opens up with South Carolina and Kentucky going to The Swamp.

Aug. 30 Hawaii
Sept. 6 Miami
Sept. 13 OPEN DATE 
Sept. 20 at Tennessee
Sept. 27 Ole Miss
Oct. 4 at Arkansas
Oct. 11 LSU
Oct. 18 OPEN DATE 
Oct. 25 Kentucky
Nov. 1 Georgia (Jack.)
Nov. 8 at Vanderbilt
Nov. 15 South Carolina
Nov. 22 The Citadel
Nov. 29 at Florida State

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


Georgia
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 12-0
Barring total disaster worst case record: 7-5
Realistic record: 11-1

Everyone will know right away if Georgia is a national title contender with road trips to South Carolina and Arizona State by September 20th. The interdivision draw couldn't be any worse than facing Alabama and going on the road to play LSU and Auburn with both Tiger games bookending a brutal four-week stretch of at LSU, Florida, at Kentucky, at Auburn. Throw in a sneaky-tough early game against two-time defending MAC champion Central Michigan and its explosive spread offense, and the regular-season ender against Georgia Tech and an option that should be jelled by the end of November, and the Dawgs will truly earn a spot in the national title game if they get through with just one blemish.

Aug. 30 Georgia Southern
Sept. 6 Central Michigan
Sept. 13 at South Carolina
Sept. 20 at Arizona State
Sept. 27 Alabama
Oct. 4 OPEN DATE 
Oct. 11 Tennessee
Oct. 18 Vanderbilt
Oct. 25 at LSU
Nov. 1 Florida (Jack.)
Nov. 8 at Kentucky
Nov. 15 at Auburn
Nov. 22 OPEN DATE 
Nov. 29 Georgia Tech

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


Kentucky
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 8-4
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-7
Realistic record: 6-6

The Wildcats aren't going to be as good as last year, but if they can get by the rivalry date at Louisville they'll be 4-0 going into October and the SEC opener at Alabama. Missing LSU and Auburn from the West is a plus and considering the Florida and Tennessee games are likely losses, they might as well be played on the road. It's a back-heavy slate getting the Gators, Vols, and Georgia from October 25th on. Outside of the date against the Cardinals the non-conference slate is a joke.

Aug. 31 at Louisville
Sept. 6 Norfolk State
Sept. 13 Middle Tennessee
Sept. 20  OPEN DATE
Sept. 27 Western Kentucky
Oct. 4 at Alabama
Oct. 11 South Carolina
Oct. 18 Arkansas
Oct. 25 at Florida
Nov. 1 at Mississippi State
Nov. 8 Georgia
Nov. 15 Vanderbilt
Nov. 22 OPEN DATE 
Nov. 29 at Tennessee
 
- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


South Carolina
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 9-3
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-7
Realistic record: 7-5

The Gamecocks had better win early or it could be an ugly year with a brutal finishing kick. It's very possible LSU, Tennessee, Florida and Clemson will all be in the top ten at some point, with the Tigers and Gators likely to hang around the top five for most of the season, and USC gets all four of those teams, along with Arkansas, in the final five games. Outside of the trip to The Swamp, the SEC road slate is a relative breeze going to Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and Kentucky, but taking advantage of the home game against Georgia is a must.

Aug. 30 NC State
Sept. 4 at Vanderbilt
Sept. 13 Georgia
Sept. 20 Wofford
Sept. 27 UAB
Oct. 4 at Ole Miss
Oct. 11 at Kentucky
Oct. 18 LSU
Oct. 25 OPEN DATE 
Nov. 1 Tennessee
Nov. 8 Arkansas
Nov. 15 at Florida
Nov. 22 OPEN DATE 
Nov. 29 at Clemson

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


Tennessee
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 10-2
Barring total disaster worst case record: 6-6
Realistic record: 8-4

Patience could be the key. If the Vols can keep their head above water early, they should blow through the late part of the schedule without breathing hard. Talk about top-heavy, there's at UCLA, Florida, at Auburn and at Georgia by mid-October, and Mississippi State, Alabama, at South Carolina, Wyoming, at Vanderbilt and Kentucky to finish. If Tennessee is actually good, it has to win all of those final six games. Layups against UAB and Northern Illinois will keep the first six weeks from being a total disaster.

Aug. 30 UAB
Sept. 1 at UCLA
Sept. 13 OPEN DATE 
Sept. 20 Florida
Sept. 27 at Auburn
Oct. 4 Northern Illinois
Oct. 11 at Georgia
Oct. 18 Mississippi State
Oct. 25 Alabama
Nov. 1 at South Carolina
Nov. 8 Wyoming
Nov. 15 OPEN DATE 
Nov. 22 at Vanderbilt
Nov. 29 Kentucky

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


Vanderbilt
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 7-5
Barring total disaster worst case record: 2-10
Realistic record: 4-8

The schedule would be a dream for a Florida or LSU, but Vandy can't take anything for granted. At Miami University, Rice, Duke and at Wake Forest makes for one of the best academic tours in college football, but outside of the trip to Winston-Salem there's nothing to break a sweat over. Even though both games are on the road, getting Ole Miss and Mississippi State from the West is a nice break. The problem comes in the back half of the year with no gimme November home games playing Florida and Tennessee. Getting one home win against the Gators, the Vols, South Carolina and Auburn is a must. 

Aug. 28 at Miami Univ.
Sept. 4 South Carolina
Sept. 13 Rice
Sept. 20 at Ole Miss
Sept. 27 OPEN DATE 
Oct. 4 Auburn
Oct. 11 at Mississippi State
Oct. 18 at Georgia
Oct. 25 Duke
Nov. 1 OPEN DATE 
Nov. 8 Florida
Nov. 15 at Kentucky
Nov. 22 Tennessee
Nov. 29 at Wake Forest

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


Western Division

Alabama

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 9-3
Barring total disaster worst case record: 6-6
Realistic record: 8-4

There are non-conference yawners against Tulane, Arkansas State and Western Kentucky, and home dates against Kentucky, Ole Miss and Mississippi State will ensure a winning season and a bowl game. That's where the fun stops. Clemson (played in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta), at Arkansas, at Georgia, at Tennessee, and at LSU are all losable, and while the Auburn game is at home, that hasn't meant much of anything lately. On the plus side, the nasty games are mixed in with the relative layups, so there shouldn't be too much of a losing streak, if any. Of course, it'll be hard to go on a big run of wins.

Aug. 30 Clemson (Atlanta)
Sept. 6 Tulane
Sept. 13 Western Kentucky
Sept. 20 at Arkansas
Sept. 27 at Georgia
Oct. 4 Kentucky
Oct. 11 OPEN DATE
Oct. 18 Ole Miss
Oct. 25 at Tennessee
Nov. 1 Arkansas State
Nov. 8 at LSU
Nov. 15 Mississippi State
Nov. 22 OPEN DATE 
Nov. 29 Auburn

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


Arkansas
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 9-3
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-7
Realistic record: 6-6

It's an interesting schedule for Bobby Petrino's first season with just enough breaks to prevent any sort of long losing streak. Starting off against Western Illinois and UL Monroe will give the team time to prepare for the road trip to Texas and the SEC opener against Alabama. There's a much-needed late September open date before dealing with Florida and at Auburn, and then things lighten up for a while. If the Hogs can upset South Carolina in Columbia, there's a solid chance they can win five in a row before closing out against LSU in a Friday game in Little Rock.

Aug. 30 Western Illinois
Sept. 6 UL Monroe (Little Rock)
Sept. 13 at Texas
Sept. 20 Alabama
Sept. 27 OPEN DATE 
Oct. 4 Florida
Oct. 11 at Auburn
Oct. 18 at Kentucky
Oct. 25 Ole Miss
Nov. 1 Tulsa
Nov. 8 at South Carolina
Nov. 15 OPEN DATE 
Nov. 22 at Mississippi State
Nov. 28 LSU (Little Rock)

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


Auburn
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 10-2
Barring total disaster worst case record: 6-6
Realistic record: 9-3

There will be plenty of big-time games, but almost all of them are at home. Going on the road to face West Virginia in a mid-season Thursday night game is the only away date problem until the season-ender at Alabama. LSU, Tennessee and Georgia are all good enough to win the SEC title, but they're all coming to Jordan-Hare. It'll be vital to not be tripped up at Ole Miss or at Mississippi State; the Tigers must take advantage of the relative scheduling break. Yeah, AU deserves credit for going to Morgantown to face the Mountaineers, but it makes up for it with games against UL Monroe and UT Martin.

Aug. 30 UL Monroe
Sept. 6 Southern Miss
Sept. 13 at Mississippi State
Sept. 20 LSU
Sept. 27 Tennessee
Oct. 4 at Vanderbilt
Oct. 11 Arkansas
Oct. 18 OPEN DATE 
Oct. 23 at West Virginia
Nov. 1 at Ole Miss
Nov. 8 UT Martin
Nov. 15 Georgia
Nov. 22 OPEN DATE 
Nov. 29 at Alabama

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


LSU
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 11-1
Barring total disaster worst case record: 8-4
Realistic record: 9-3

Opening up with lamb-for-the-slaughter games against Appalachian State (stop it ... this won't be Michigan Part 2), Troy and North Texas will give the team time to jell before going to Auburn for what could be the battle for the SEC West. The defending national champions don't get much of a break from the SEC scheduling gods facing road games at Florida and South Carolina before hosting Georgia in Death Valley. Get through those three, and the end of October, with just one loss, and the national title could be there for the taking with a manageable November facing Tulane, Alabama, Ole Miss and a road trip to Arkansas.

Aug. 30 Appalachian State
Sept. 6 Troy
Sept. 13 North Texas
Sept. 20 at Auburn
Sept. 27 Mississippi State
Oct. 4 OPEN DATE 
Oct. 11 at Florida
Oct. 18 at South Carolina
Oct. 25 Georgia
Nov. 1 Tulane
Nov. 8 Alabama
Nov. 15 OPEN DATE 
Nov. 22 Ole Miss
Nov. 28 at Arkansas (Little Rock)

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


Ole Miss
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 8-4
Barring total disaster worst case record: 4-8
Realistic record: 5-7

Houston Nutt could come up with an instant turnaround if he can get his Rebels to upset Wake Forest in Winston-Salem. With games against Memphis, Samford and Vanderbilt before dealing with a road trip to Florida. Overall the schedule isn't all that bad. If the Rebels are going to play the Gators and LSU, those game might as well be on the road. With South Carolina, Auburn and Mississippi State coming to Oxford, the chances will be there to make some big statements. With only five road games, this could be the year the Rebels turn into an SEC factor again.

Aug. 30 Memphis
Sept. 6 at Wake Forest
Sept. 13 Samford
Sept. 20 Vanderbilt
Sept. 27 at Florida
Oct. 4 South Carolina
Oct. 11 OPEN DATE 
Oct. 18 at Alabama
Oct. 25 at Arkansas
Nov. 1 Auburn
Nov. 8 OPEN DATE 
Nov. 15 UL Monroe
Nov. 22 at LSU
Nov. 28 Mississippi State

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


Mississippi State
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 8-4
Barring total disaster worst case record: 4-8
Realistic record: 7-5

There are three killer road dates, at Georgia Tech, at LSU, and at Tennessee, all before the end of October, but overall the schedule isn't that bad getting Vanderbilt and Kentucky from the East and a snoozer of a non-conference schedule, outside of the date with the Yellow Jackets, playing at Louisiana Tech, SE Louisiana and Middle Tennessee. To improve on last season's breakthrough campaign, there has to be a home win over either Auburn or Arkansas, and there has to be another Egg Bowl win at Ole Miss. An upset at Alabama would certainly help the cause, but after last year's upset win, that could be a beartrap.


Aug. 30 at Louisiana Tech
Sept. 6 SE Louisiana
Sept. 13 Auburn
Sept. 20 at Georgia Tech
Sept. 27 at LSU
Oct. 4 OPEN DATE 
Oct. 11 Vanderbilt
Oct. 18 at Tennessee
Oct. 25 Middle Tennessee
Nov. 1 Kentucky
Nov. 8 OPEN DATE 
Nov. 15 at Alabama
Nov. 22 Arkansas
Nov. 28 at Ole Miss

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way