2009 SEC West Team-by-Team Schedule Breakdown
Ole Miss DE Greg Hardy
Ole Miss DE Greg Hardy
Posted Apr 7, 2009

The non-conference schedules are an embarrassment (other than Georgia's) and some teams, like Greg Hardy's Ole Miss, get huge breaks, but it's still the SEC and it'll still be hard to get a week off. Which SEC West team has the toughest schedule (and the easiest)? Check out the analysis and breakdown for each SEC West team's slate.

2009 SEC West Team Schedule 

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East  Florida | Georgia | Kentucky | South Carolina | Tennessee | Vanderbilt 
West Alabama | Arkansas | Auburn | LSU | Ole Miss | Miss State

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

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


Alabama Crimson Tide

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 11-1
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-7
Realistic record: 10-2

Non-Conference Schedule: Virginia Tech, FIU, North Texas, Chattanooga
Games vs. the SEC East: at Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee
The Tide made a huge statement against Clemson to kick off last season, and they're hoping to do the same this year against defending ACC and Orange Bowl champion Virginia Tech. The rest of the non-conference schedule (FIU, North Texas and Chattanooga) is laughable. Getting a week off before facing LSU at home is nice, but road trips to Ole Miss and Auburn will make it tough to repeat as West champions. On the plus side, Bama can't ask for much more than for two of the SEC road games to come against Kentucky and Mississippi State. There are only four true road games and there's a stretch from October 11th to November 13th without going away from home for anything.

Sept. 5 Virginia Tech (Atlanta)
Sept. 12 FIU
Sept. 19 North Texas
Sept. 26 Arkansas
Oct. 3 at Kentucky
Oct. 10 at Ole Miss
Oct. 17 South Carolina
Oct. 24 Tennessee
Nov. 7 LSU
Nov. 14 at Miss State
Nov. 21 Chattanooga
Nov. 28 at Auburn

Arkansas Razorbacks

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

Non-Conference Schedule: Missouri State, Texas A&M, Eastern Michigan, Troy
Games vs. the SEC East: Georgia, at Florida, South Carolina
Summary: Considering the first game is against Missouri State, Arkansas doesn't really start its season until September 19th with the SEC opener against Georgia. Follow that up with a trip to Alabama and Arkansas can either make a huge early statement in the conference race or be knocked out. Going to Florida and Ole Miss in back-to-back weeks is as tough as it gets, but things ease up in a big way with home games against Eastern Michigan, South Carolina, Troy, and Mississippi State to follow. While Arkansas always plays LSU tough, going to Death Valley to close out the year isn't a plus.

Sept. 5 Missouri State (Little Rock)
Sept. 12 OPEN DATE
Sept. 19 Georgia
Sept. 26 at Alabama
Oct. 3 Texas A&M (Arlington)
Oct. 10 Auburn
Oct. 17 at Florida
Oct. 24 at Ole Miss
Oct. 31 Eastern Michigan
Nov. 7 South Carolina
Nov. 14 Troy
Nov. 21 Miss State (Little Rock)
Nov. 28 at LSU

Auburn Tigers

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 9-3
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-7
Realistic record: 8-4

Non-Conference Schedule: Louisiana Tech, West Virginia, Ball State, Furman
Games vs. the SEC East: at Tennessee, Kentucky, at Georgia
Summary: Watch out. The last thing the Gene Chizik era needs is to start out with a clunker of a home loss, but that could be a problem with a tough game against a strong Louisiana Tech team to start out. After a date with Mississippi State to open up the SEC season on September 12th, the conference slate gets tough with three road games in four weeks going to Tennessee, Arkansas and LSU. While there's a week off before playing Alabama, the second half of the schedule could be a nightmare playing at LSU, Ole Miss, at Georgia and Alabama, with a week off and a layup against Furman thrown in there.

Sept. 5 Louisiana Tech
Sept. 12 Miss State
Sept. 19 West Virginia
Sept. 26 Ball State
Oct. 3 at Tennessee
Oct. 10 at Arkansas
Oct. 17 Kentucky
Oct. 24 at LSU
Oct. 31 Ole Miss
Nov. 7 Furman
Nov. 14 at Georgia
Nov. 28 Alabama

LSU Tigers

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

Non-Conference Schedule: at Washington, UL Lafayette, at Tulane, Louisiana Tech
Games vs. the SEC East: Vanderbilt, at Georgia, Florida
Summary: LSU isn't exactly extending itself in the non-conference slate, even though it's not the program's fault that Washington stinks. The SEC schedule is nasty with Georgia and Florida to deal with from the East, while trips to Alabama and Ole Miss in November could end any hopes of winning the SEC West. Holding serve at home, even against Florida and Auburn, will be a must with three road trips in four weeks down the stretch. The battle against the Gators on October 10th could be a preview of the SEC Championship.

Sept. 5 at Washington
Sept. 12 Vanderbilt
Sept. 19 UL Lafayette
Sept. 26 at Miss State
Oct. 3 at Georgia
Oct. 10 Florida
Oct. 24 Auburn
Oct. 31 at Tulane
Nov. 7 at Alabama
Nov. 14 Louisiana Tech
Nov. 21 at Ole Miss
Nov. 28 Arkansas

Ole Miss Rebels

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 10-2
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-7
Realistic record: 9-3

Non-Conference Schedule: at Memphis, SE Louisiana, UAB, Northern Arizona
Games vs. the SEC East: at South Carolina, at Vanderbilt, Tennessee
Summary: If Ole Miss doesn't come up with one of the best seasons in school history, it can't blame the schedule. The non-conference schedule is a joke, with the toughest game at Memphis, while the Rebels get a huge break missing Florida and Georgia from the East. The toughest road game is at Auburn, while Alabama, Tennessee, and LSU all have to come to Oxford. The only concern will be the two game road trip to South Carolina and Vanderbilt to start the SEC season, but both of those games are winnable for a team as good as the Rebels should be.

Sept. 6 at Memphis
Sept. 12 OPEN DATE
Sept. 19 SE Louisiana
Sept. 26 at South Carolina
Oct. 3 at Vanderbilt
Oct. 10 Alabama
Oct. 17 UAB
Oct. 24 Arkansas
Oct. 31 at Auburn
Nov. 7 Northern Arizona
Nov. 14 Tennessee
Nov. 21 LSU
Nov. 28 at Miss State

Mississippi State Bulldogs

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

Non-Conference Schedule: Jackson State, Georgia Tech, Houston, at Middle Tennessee
Games vs. the SEC East: at Vanderbilt, Florida, at Kentucky
Even the games that should be breaks aren't breaks for an MSU team trying to build back to respectability. While Jackson State is certainly a layup, the rest of the non-conference schedule is tougher than it looks playing Georgia Tech, a loaded Houston offense, and with a trip to Middle Tennessee, who should be among the best in the Sun Belt. Getting Vanderbilt and Kentucky from the East should be a break, but both of those games are on the road. Getting Florida at home won't matter. There isn't a killer stretch of road games while the week off comes in November just before facing Alabama.

Sept. 5 Jackson State
Sept. 12 at Auburn
Sept. 19 at Vanderbilt
Sept. 26 LSU
Oct. 3 Georgia Tech
Oct. 10 Houston
Oct. 17 at Middle Tennessee
Oct. 24 Florida
Oct. 31 at Kentucky
Nov. 14 Alabama
Nov. 21 at Arkansas (Little Rock)
Nov. 28 Ole Miss