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2010 SEC East Team-by-Team Schedule Breakdown
South Carolina QB Stephen Garcia
South Carolina QB Stephen Garcia
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Feb 17, 2010


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


2010 SEC East Schedules

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

SEC Composite Schedules 2009 | 2008 | 2007
SEC Team-By-Team Breakdowns 2009 | 2008 | 2007
 
- 2010 SEC West Team-By-Team Schedule Analysis
- 2010 SEC Composite Schedule Analysis

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

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

Games Against The West: at Alabama, LSU, Mississippi State
Realistic Best Case Record: 12-0
Worst Case Record: 8-4
Likely Finish: 10-2

Summary: The Gators will certainly be tested in what should be a fascinating season. Going to Tennessee isn’t that big a deal against a rebuilding Vols team, but it’s coming off what’s sure to be a hard-fought game against a South Florida team looking to make a huge statement. Kentucky could be a letdown game before dealing with the two big boys from the West: at Alabama and LSU. If the Gators win both of those games, it’s game on for the national title. But a loss to the Tide and a win over the Tigers would keep BCS Championship hopes alive as long as there aren’t any other major gaffes along the way. Georgia is going to be tougher and Florida State will be better, especially in Tallahassee, but there’s not a game outside of the Alabama-LSU back-to-backers that the Gators won’t be double-digit favorites in.

Sept. 4 Miami Univ.
Sept. 11 USF
Sept. 18 at Tennessee
Sept. 25 Kentucky
Oct. 2 at Alabama
Oct. 9 LSU
Oct. 16 Miss State
Oct. 23 OPEN DATE
Oct. 30 Georgia (in Jax)
Nov. 6 at Vanderbilt
Nov. 13 South Carolina
Nov. 20 Appalachian St
Nov. 27 at Florida State

Georgia

Games Against The West: Arkansas, at Mississippi State, at Auburn
Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Worst Case Record: 7-5
Likely Finish: 10-2

Summary: Georgia won’t be the best team in the SEC, but it has the schedule to look that way. Any SEC East team worth its salt would take this slate in a heartbeat. There’s no Alabama or LSU to deal with, Florida, as always, is at a neutral site, Tennessee is a home game, and the road games are at South Caorlina, Mississippi State, Kentucky, and Auburn. Throw in a home date against Vanderbilt and anything less than a New Year’s Day bowl appearance will be a mega-disappointment. Even the non-conference schedule works out well with the Georgia Tech game at home and the one tough road trip at Colorado. On the negative side, the game against the Buffs is coming off a road trip to Mississippi State for the only back-to-back road games of the year, and the week off doesn’t come until late November.

Sept. 4 Louisiana-Lafayette
Sept. 11 at South Carolina
Sept. 18 Arkansas
Sept. 25 at Miss State
Oct. 2 at Colorado
Oct. 9 Tennessee
Oct. 16 Vanderbilt
Oct. 23 at Kentucky
Oct. 30 Florida (in Jax)
Nov. 6 Idaho State
Nov. 13 at Auburn
Nov. 20 OPEN DATE
Nov. 27 Georgia Tech

Kentucky

Games Against The West: Ole Miss, Auburn, at Mississippi State
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Worst Case Record: 5-7
Likely Finish: 7-5

Summary: If the Cats can stay healthy and can pull off an upset or two, they should come up with a sneaky-good season thanks to a not-that-bad schedule. Missing Alabama and LSU from the West is break number one, and there’s a week off late in the year before going to Tennessee. The Florida game is probably a loss anyway, so that might as well be on the road. However, the Gators will have much, much bigger fish to fry with Alabama and LSU coming up after hosing UK, so their minds might be elsewhere. A trip to Ole Miss after going to Gainesville will be tough, but there’s only one other road game, at Mississippi State, from October 9th to the season-ender in Knoxville. Outside of the opener at Louisville, the non-conference schedule is made up of light scrimmages.

Sept. 4 at Louisville
Sept. 11 Western Kentucky
Sept. 18 Akron
Sept. 25 at Florida
Oct. 2 at Ole Miss
Oct. 9 Auburn
Oct. 16 South Carolina
Oct. 23 Georgia
Oct. 30 at Miss State
Nov. 6 Charleston Southern
Nov. 13 Vanderbilt
Nov. 20 OPEN DATE
Nov. 27 at Tennessee

South Carolina

Games Against The West: at Auburn, Alabama, Arkansas
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 5-7
Likely Finish: 8-4

Summary: It’s actually not all that bad considering all the big names and big programs to deal with. The Gamecocks have to beat Georgia in the SEC home opener or there will be problems, and going 3-0 is a must before going on the road to deal with Auburn. There’s a week off before facing Alabama and then three of the next five games are on the road finishing up with a trip to Florida. For good and bad, the Kentucky and Vanderbilt games are on the road. They’re back-to-back, but a good SEC team has to win both of those. Outside of the Furman game, the non-conference schedule is extremely respectable facing Southern Miss and Troy to go along with the yearly rivalry date against Clemson. Unfortunately, the date with the Tigers is on the road.

Sept. 2 Southern Miss
Sept. 11 Georgia
Sept. 18 Furman
Sept. 25 at Auburn
Oct. 2 OPEN DATE
Oct. 9 Alabama
Oct. 16 at Kentucky
Oct. 23 at Vanderbilt
Oct. 30 Tennessee
Nov. 6 Arkansas
Nov. 13 at Florida
Nov. 20 Troy
Nov. 27 at Clemson

Tennessee

Games Against The West: LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 7-5

Summary: The potential is there for complete and utter disaster for Derek Dooley in his first season. Plus: The first four games are at home. Minus: In to town comes Oregon and Florida. Plus: Two of the three games against the teams from the West are all at home. Minus: Hello Alabama and Ole Miss, and the road game is at LSU. For all the tough games to deal with, if the Vols can keep their heads above water until Halloween the breaks come late finishing up at Memphis, Ole Miss, at Vanderbilt and Kentucky. Going to Georgia and South Carolina, to go along with the tough games against the West, should end any SEC title hopes without factoring in the Florida game.

Sept. 4 Akron
Sept. 11 Oregon
Sept. 18 Florida
Sept. 25 UAB
Oct. 2 at LSU
Oct. 9 at Georgia
Oct. 16 OPEN DATE
Oct. 23 Alabama
Oct. 30 at South Carolina
Nov. 6 at Memphis
Nov. 13 Ole Miss
Nov. 20 at Vanderbilt
Nov. 27 Kentucky

Vanderbilt

Games Against The West: LSU, at Ole Miss, at Arkansas
Realistic Best Case Record: 5-7
Worst Case Record: 1-11
Likely Finish: 2-10

Summary: Eastern Michigan. That’s the one almost-certain win. Everything else will be a fight as the Commodores will likely be the underdog in the other 11 games including the home opener against Northwestern and the season ender against Wake Forest. The one game against someone they own size, Kentucky, is on the road, and missing Mississippi State from the West hurts. There are chances to make some noise with some big home games against LSU, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee, but if Vandy can win just one of those it would be a tremendous success. Three of the final four games are at home and the road trips are spread out.

Sept. 4 Northwestern
Sept. 11 LSU
Sept. 18 at Ole Miss
Sept. 25 OPEN DATE
Oct. 2 at Connecticut
Oct. 9 Eastern Michigan
Oct. 16 at Georgia
Oct. 23 South Carolina
Oct. 30 at Arkansas
Nov. 6 Florida
Nov. 13 at Kentucky
Nov. 20 Tennessee
Nov. 27 Wake Forest