With Texas A&M and Missouri both joining the SEC next season, we knew there would be some sort of change in the scheduling.
But we just didn’t know what.
Various rumors have swirled that Florida will be going to College Station to play Texas A&M, and will be playing host to Missouri.
Texas A&M will also visit Missouri, its new permanent interdivisional rival.
Each team will have 6 games against its division mates if you will, one permanent inter division rival and one instead of two rotating.
Texas A&M has to play somebody from the East as its rotating opponent for two years (and at home, since home and homes, which is how SEC East and SEC West teams play each other every few years) and apparently it’s going to be Florida. Lucky us, I guess.
But the problem (or at least what we don’t know yet) comes when you realize that Florida is scheduled to complete the back end of the home and home with Auburn, and also that there’s been no mention of postponing the front end of the home and home with Ole Miss, who we are scheduled to pay a visit to next year.
LSU is going to remain our permanent SEC West rival. However, again, instead of having two rotating SEC West opponents, there will only be one, which means that it will have to be an 8 game conference schedule like it’s always been. But this could still really mess up the dates with our nonconference opponents.
Everything appears to have a tentative date, except for October 13th. That’s the only date without a set game, and one of the rumored games will take place then.
My guess is that the Ole Miss game will be pushed back, even though nobody has ever said anything about that, because there has been talk of playing Auburn again. But then again, that’s just talk.
From the opponent to the TV network, it’s all quite tentative and nothing more than unconfirmed rumors, but this is my projection of what our schedule will look like in 2012 (*= subject for removal from schedule in lieu of game at Texas A&M, home game against Missouri, or home game against Auburn).
September 1: BOWLING GREEN FALCONS* (SUN SPORTS/PPV)
September 8: LOUISIANA RAJIN CAJUNS* (ESPNU)
September 15: @Tennessee Volunteers (CBS)
September 22: KENTUCKY WILDCATS (SEC Network)
September 29: @Mississippi Rebels* (ESPN2)
October 6: LOUISIANA STATE TIGERS (CBS)
October 13: AUBURN/@Texas A&M/MISSOURI
October 20: Bye week
October 27: vs. Georgia Bulldogs (CBS)
November 3: @Vanderbilt Commodores (ESPN2)
November 10: SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS (CBS)
November 17: JACKSONVILLE STATE GAMECOCKS* (SEC Network)
November 24: @Florida State Seminoles (ESPN)