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2009 SEC East Team-by-Team Schedule Breakdown
Kentucky WR/QB Randall Cobb
Kentucky WR/QB Randall Cobb
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Apr 7, 2009


Which SEC East team has the toughest schedule (and the easiest)? Check out the analysis and breakdown for each SEC East team's slate.

2009 SEC East Team Schedule 

- 2009 SEC Composite Schedule & Top Games
- 2009 SEC West Team-By 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

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

 

Florida Gators

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 12-0
Barring total disaster worst case record: 9-3
Realistic record: 11-1

Non-Conference Schedule: Charleston Southern, Troy, FIU, Florida State
Games vs. the SEC West: at LSU, Arkansas, at Mississippi State
Summary: October 10th at LSU and October 31st against Georgia. That's it. Oh sure, there will be plenty of squawking about a possible upset at South Carolina, but if Florida is as good as it's supposed to be, that's not all that bad a trip. There's nothing else to worry about unless there's a major upset at Mississippi State, at Kentucky, or against Florida State. So it all comes down to the trio to LSU, but it comes after a week off. The Georgia game comes after a game against former offensive coordinator, Dan Mullen, and his Mississippi State team.

Sept. 5 Charleston Southern
Sept. 12 Troy
Sept. 19 Tennessee
Sept. 26 at Kentucky
Oct. 3 OPEN DATE
Oct. 10 at LSU
Oct. 17 Arkansas
Oct. 24 at Miss State
Oct. 31 Georgia (Jack.)
Nov. 7 Vanderbilt
Nov. 14 at South Carolina
Nov. 21 FIU
Nov. 28 Florida State


Georgia Bulldogs

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 11-1
Barring total disaster worst case record: 6-6
Realistic record: 9-3

Non-Conference Schedule: at Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Tennessee Tech, at Georgia Tech
Games vs. the SEC West: at Arkansas, LSU, Auburn
Summary:
Georgia's reputation for being one of the nation's best road teams will be put to the test right away with a statement game against an Oklahoma State that'll likely start the season in the top ten and will likely finish the season in the top five offensively. Along with the OSU game, facing Arizona State and going to Georgia Tech means the Dawgs have the toughest non-conference slate of any SEC team by far ... by far. There's a tough three-week mid-season stretch against LSU, at Tennessee and at Vanderbilt (who should be better this year), but there's a week off before the Cocktail Party against Florida. Getting Auburn and Kentucky at home, along with a layup against Tennessee Tech, will make for a relatively easy November before the regular season-ending game against the Yellow Jackets.

Sept. 5 at Oklahoma St
Sept. 12 South Carolina
Sept. 19 at Arkansas
Sept. 26 Arizona State
Oct. 3 LSU
Oct. 10 at Tennessee
Oct. 17 at Vanderbilt
Oct. 24 OPEN DATE
Oct. 31 Florida (Jack.)
Nov. 7 Tennessee Tech
Nov. 14 Auburn
Nov. 21 Kentucky
Nov. 28 at Georgia Tech


Kentucky Wildcats

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

Non-Conference Schedule: Miami University, Louisville, UL Monroe, Eastern Kentucky
Games vs. the SEC West: Alabama, at Auburn, Mississippi State
Summary:
It's not bad after what should be an emotionally-charged stretch to start the season facing Louisville, Florida, and Alabama, along with Miami University, meaning the Wildcats don't go on the road until October 10th. While Florida and Tennessee have to come to Lexington, two of the games against the West, at Auburn and Mississippi State, are against teams that didn't go bowling last year. There are only four road games, but two come late with trips in back-to-back weeks against Vanderbilt and Georgia before closing out against Tennessee. While the Louisville game is the big rivalry battle, the non-conference schedule is light and breezy.

Sept. 5 Miami Univ. (Cin.)
Sept. 12 OPEN DATE
Sept. 19 Louisville
Sept. 26 Florida
Oct. 3 Alabama
Oct. 10 at South Carolina
Oct. 17 at Auburn
Oct. 24 UL Monroe
Oct. 31 Miss State
Nov. 7 Eastern Kentucky
Nov. 14 at Vanderbilt
Nov. 21 at Georgia
Nov. 28 Tennessee


South Carolina Gamecocks

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

Non-Conference Schedule: at NC State, Florida Atlantic, South Carolina State, Clemson
Games vs. the SEC West: Ole Miss, at Alabama, at Arkansas
Summary: After the way last year ended, South Carolina needs a hot start but that could be a problem going to NC State to start the year and with a trip to Georgia to follow. If that wasn't bad enough, Ole Miss comes to Columbia for the second conference game. There's a tough stretch of three road games in four weeks facing Alabama, Tennessee, and Arkansas wrapped around a date with Vanderbilt. Just when the Gamecocks are getting over their toughest stretch of the year, they get Florida. On the plus side, there's a week off between the Gator game and the rivalry showdown against Clemson.

Sept. 3 at NC State
Sept. 12 at Georgia
Sept. 19 Florida Atlantic
Sept. 26 Ole Miss
Oct. 3 SC State
Oct. 10 Kentucky
Oct. 17 at Alabama
Oct. 24 Vanderbilt
Oct. 31 at Tennessee
Nov. 7 at Arkansas
Nov. 14 Florida
Nov. 21 OPEN DATE
Nov. 28 Clemson


Tennessee Volunteers

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

Non-Conference Schedule: Western Kentucky, UCLA, Ohio, Memphis
Games vs. the SEC West: Auburn, at Alabama, at Ole Miss
Summary:
The Vols don't go anywhere in non-conference play hosting UCLA along with three layups against Western Kentucky, Ohio, and Memphis. Of course, all eyes will be on Gainesville for Tennessee's SEC opener at Florida when Lane Kiffin gets to meet one of the most hostile environments anyone will have to deal with this year. Not only do the Vols have to play Alabama and Ole Miss from the West, but the games are on the road. However, there's a week off between the game against Georgia and the trip to Bama, and the second half of the year isn't all that bad with South Carolina, Memphis, Vanderbilt and Kentucky part of the mix.

Sept. 5 Western Kentucky
Sept. 12 UCLA
Sept. 19 at Florida
Sept. 26 Ohio
Oct. 3 Auburn
Oct. 10 Georgia
Oct. 17 OPEN DATE
Oct. 24 at Alabama
Oct. 31 South Carolina
Nov. 7 Memphis
Nov. 14 at Ole Miss
Nov. 21 Vanderbilt
Nov. 28 at Kentucky


Vanderbilt Commodores

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

Non-Conference Schedule: Western Carolina, at Rice, at Army, Georgia Tech
Games vs. the SEC West: at LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State
Summary:
If Vanderbilt really and truly will be better, and it appears that it should be, it could play a big spoiler role in the SEC race. Ole Miss is hoping for a big year, but it could be in for a rude awakening on September 19th. Playing Mississippi State from the West is a nice break, and considering the team isn't nearly good enough to hang around with Florida, the game might as well be played on the road. There schedule alternates between a home and road game all season long. While the non-conference schedule isn't all that tough outside of a home game against Georgia Tech, the Commodores can lose to either Rice or Army if they have any hope of going bowling for a second year in a row.

Sept. 5 Western Carolina
Sept. 12 at LSU
Sept. 19 Ole Miss
Sept. 26 at Rice
Oct. 3 Miss State
Oct. 10 at Army
Oct. 17 Georgia
Oct. 24 at South Carolina
Oct. 31 Georgia Tech
Nov. 7 at Florida
Nov. 14 Kentucky
Nov. 21 at Tennessee
Nov. 28 OPEN DATE