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After weeks of delays thanks to the additions of Texas A&M and Missouri as its 13th and 14th members, the SEC has finally released its 2012 conference schedule.

Next year’s league slate will open with South Carolina traveling to Vanderbilt on opening weekend Aug. 30, while the two newest members will be one of a handful of games to close out the season Nov. 24, with Mizzou traveling to College Station to take on the Aggies.  Alabama and Florida are the only schools that will face both Mizzou (SEC East) and A&M (SEC West) in their inaugural SEC season.

Mizzou will open SEC play with a home game against Georgia Sept. 8, while the Aggies’ first game in their new conference will be a home game the same day against Florida.

Interestingly, the Texas A&M-Arkansas game is still listed as a neutral site contest.  Reports had surfaced in recent days that the Aggies-Razorbacks series, played in Cowboys Stadium the past three years, was in danger of being moved from the NFL venue to the respective school’s campuses because it was falling short financially.  Of course, the listing as a neutral site game could be merely a matter of the two schools working to get out from under a 10-year contract with seven years remaining on it.

“Officially the Aggies will be the home team against Arkansas at a site to be determined at this point,” an A&M spokesperson told Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News.

For the second straight season, 2011 SEC East champion Georgia will avoid both Alabama and LSU.  Instead, the Bulldogs’ two cross-divisional games will be against Ole Miss and Auburn to close out conference play.  According to Jon Solomon of the Birmingham News, UGA will have “the easiest SEC schedule based on opponents’ 2011 overall records (.500).”

Coming off a winless 2011 season in conference play and with a new head coach in Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss has an absolutely brutal 2012 league schedule: all eight of their SEC opponents will play in bowl games this season, and they will take road trips to Alabama, LSU, Arkansas and Georgia — the top four teams in the conference this past season.  Solomon notes that the Rebels will have the toughest schedule in the conference based on this year’s records.  Good luck with that, Coach Freeze.

The press release notes that the 2012 schedule is not based on any other previous or future scheduling formats.  The SEC athletic directors will convene in Spring 2012 to begin formulating scheduling principles for the 2013 season and beyond.

“The SEC transition team and our athletic directors did a great job with significant logistical challenges in a short time frame in developing the 2012 football conference schedule,” said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.  “The ability to come together for the conference is what makes the SEC so strong and that was evident yet again in this process.”

After the jump you’ll find the complete school-by-school 2012 schedule:

ALABAMA
Sept. 15: at Arkansas
Sept. 29: OLE MISS
Oct. 13: at Missouri
Oct. 20: at Tennessee
Oct. 27: MISSISSIPPI STATE
Nov. 3: at LSU
Nov. 10: TEXAS A&M
Nov. 24: AUBURN

ARKANSAS
Sept. 15: ALABAMA
Sept. 29: vs. Texas A&M
Oct. 6: at Auburn
Oct. 13: KENTUCKY
Oct. 27: OLE MISS
Nov. 10: at South Carolina
Nov. 17: at Mississippi State
Nov. 24: LSU

AUBURN
Sept. 8: at Mississippi State
Sept. 22: LSU
Oct. 6: ARKANSAS
Oct. 13: at Ole Miss
Oct. 20: at Vanderbilt
Oct. 27: TEXAS A&M
Nov. 10: GEORGIA
Nov. 24: at Alabama

FLORIDA
Sept. 8: at Texas A&M
Sept. 15: at Tennessee
Sept. 22: KENTUCKY
Oct. 6: LSU
Oct. 13: at Vanderbilt
Oct. 20: SOUTH CAROLINA
Oct. 27: vs. Georgia (Jacksonville)
Nov. 3: MISSOURI

GEORGIA
Sept. 8: at Missouri
Sept. 22: VANDERBILT
Sept. 29: TENNESSEE
Oct. 6: at South Carolina
Oct. 20: at Kentucky
Oct. 27: vs. Florida (Jacksonville)
Nov. 3: OLE MISS
Nov. 10: at Auburn

KENTUCKY
Sept. 22: at Florida
Sept. 29: SOUTH CAROLINA
Oct. 6: MISSISSIPPI STATE
Oct. 13: at Arkansas
Oct. 20: GEORGIA
Oct. 27: at Missouri
Nov. 3: VANDERBILT
Nov. 24: at Tennessee

LSU
Sept. 22: at Auburn
Oct. 6: at Florida
Oct. 13: SOUTH CAROLINA
Oct. 20: at Texas A&M
Nov. 3: ALABAMA
Nov. 10: MISSISSIPPI STATE
Nov. 17: OLE MISS
Nov. 24: at Arkansas

OLE MISS
Sept. 29: at Alabama
Oct. 6: TEXAS A&M
Oct. 13: AUBURN
Oct. 27: at Arkansas
Nov. 3: at Georgia
Nov. 10: VANDERBILT
Nov. 17: at LSU
Nov. 24: MISSISSIPPI STATE

MISSISSIPPI STATE
Sept. 8: AUBURN
Oct. 6: at Kentucky
Oct. 13: TENNESSEE
Oct. 27: at Alabama
Nov. 3: TEXAS A&M
Nov. 10: at LSU
Nov. 17: ARKANSAS
Nov. 24: at Ole Miss

MISSOURI
Sept. 8: GEORGIA
Sept. 22: at South Carolina
Oct. 6: VANDERBILT
Oct. 13: ALABAMA
Oct. 27: KENTUCKY
Nov. 3: at Florida
Nov. 10: at Tennessee
Nov. 24: at Texas A&M

SOUTH CAROLINA
Aug. 30: at Vanderbilt
Sept. 22: MISSOURI
Sept. 29: at Kentucky
Oct. 6: GEORGIA
Oct. 13: at LSU
Oct. 20: at Florida
Oct. 27: TENNESSEE
Nov. 10: ARKANSAS

TENNESSEE
Sept. 15: FLORIDA
Sept. 29: at Georgia
Oct. 13: at Mississippi State
Oct. 20: ALABAMA
Oct. 27: at South Carolina
Nov. 10: MISSOURI
Nov. 17: at Vanderbilt
Nov. 24: KENTUCKY

TEXAS A&M
Sept. 8: FLORIDA
Sept. 29: vs. Arkansas
Oct. 6: at Ole Miss
Oct. 20: LSU
Oct. 27: at Auburn
Nov. 3: at Mississippi State
Nov. 10: at Alabama
Nov. 24: MISSOURI

VANDERBILT
Aug. 30: SOUTH CAROLINA
Sept. 22: at Georgia
Oct. 6: at Missouri
Oct. 13: FLORIDA
Oct. 20: AUBURN
Nov. 3: at Kentucky
Nov. 10: at Ole Miss
Nov. 17: TENNESSEE

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19 Responses to “SEC releases 2012 conference schedule”
  1. woebegong says: Dec 28, 2011 10:44 AM

    I really wish the SEC could have kept the Al. -UGA game as it would have been a good game to gauge how both will do in the SEC in 2012. I guess Missouri is an OK replacement, but I am not sure it will be as competitive as the original game would have been. Missouri will have a couple of years to build up their team to SEC standards and the UGA game should be a good introduction into the SEC.

  2. alligatorsnapper says: Dec 28, 2011 11:20 AM

    woebegong: That is exactly how many LSU fans view the Alabama game each year…if we are what we think we are? We get them at home in 2012, as we played in ‘Loosa this season. Out of the last 12 years, LSU has won 9, and 2012 at Baton Rouge should be interesting since we play them twice this year (second time in a few more days).

    Otherwise, like SouthernPatriots I like having Texas A&M on the schedule once again. UGA gets Mizzou and we get A&M. That is good. I am going to try to get tickets ASAP to A&M. I don’t look forward to playing the Razorbacks at their home field, but the schedule is what it is and we will deal with it. Now, somehow, like I posted earlier, to have LSU pay off Towson or some other FCS school to actually schedule a top notch program would be good just as they did with Oregon this season.

    I don’t have any access to the LSU admins but SouthernPatriots does and I hope they will encourage the LSU Athletic Dept. to substitute some better teams for at least one or more of the cupcakes scheduled next season. I like high SOS schedules and LSU will have to tweak their’s for 2012 to match this season’s.

  3. woebegong says: Dec 28, 2011 11:43 AM

    I really couldn’t believe that LSU scheduled Towson St. either. Surely, some more deserving school would want the big payoff of playing them. I bet that will not help their Strength of schedule score in the BCS, to say the least.
    I don’t mind that UGA is playing Missouri, as I believe they will probably beat them, but given a choice, I would much rather have played Alabama early and seen how well UGA will respond to playing tough teams. Once again though, the SEC has made the UGA schedule pretty favorable for them, but it will not help the team in the short term. In the long run, it could work out better by giving the youngsters a chance to get more seasoned.
    I expect that UGA can win the East div. of the SEC once again, and I hope the players they have assembled can go further. One thing is for sure; With the addition of these two teams, the SEC is once again probably going to be the conference to beat, if you want to go to the BCS NC at the end of the year. GO SEC.

  4. klownboy says: Dec 28, 2011 11:53 AM

    Uh, why is Missouri in the SEC East? Should they be in the West, given geography and all?

  5. woebegong says: Dec 28, 2011 11:58 AM

    They are in the East because they hemmed and hauled so much that A&M joined the conference first and therefore got the west division. Considering the relative strength of the east vs west in the SEC the past two seasons, I think Missouri got the better end of the deal. A&M will find out rather quickly how it is to play in the SEC. 7 or 8 Games in the SEC every year is a long haul for any league team.

  6. alligatorsnapper says: Dec 28, 2011 1:55 PM

    woebegong: Excellent explanation, excellent post! If I had a school myself I would not want to be in the SEC West, but in a few years that may well change where we all say, we would not want to be in the SEC East. After all, it was only a very few years ago that Florida and Georgia were at the top of the heap in the SEC and all that may well cycle back again very soon.

  7. woebegong says: Dec 28, 2011 2:04 PM

    Good point. It is very competitive in the SEC and no school has dominated for a long period of time. Once a SEC schools loses a few in conference games, the recruits loyalty from year to year, shifts to the team that is winning. I believe both Florida and Georgia will show much improvement over the next couple of years. I think for Florida it depends on whom they get for an OC. Mushcamp will also have to learn how to be an HC and control his lips a little.
    For UGA, it is whether our OC can handle the package given to him and adapt the personnel to an effective game plan. He needs to be able to shift the plan as a game progresses. I,m not sure Bobo can do that.

  8. fcmlefty1 says: Dec 28, 2011 2:18 PM

    “Uh, why is Missouri in the SEC East? Should they be in the West, given geography and all?”

    In the truest sense of East/West, you are right. But if you can adjust your vision just a bit, and think of it more in a Northeast/Southwest alignment, it becomes clear that Mizzou in the East really makes sense – its actually close proximity with Ky, Tenn and Vandy, and the trips to Fla, SC and GA aren’t killers by any stretch of the imagination.

  9. alligatorsnapper says: Dec 28, 2011 2:29 PM

    The SEC said that the 2012 schedule is not based on any other previous or future scheduling formats. The SEC Athletics Directors will convene in Spring 2012 to begin formulating scheduling principles for the 2013 season and beyond.

    “The SEC transition team and our athletic directors did a great job with significant logistical challenges in a short time frame in developing the 2012 football conference schedule,” said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. “The ability to come together for the conference is what makes the SEC so strong and that was evident yet again in this process…”

    That is clear, I guess. Apparently, this schedule should not be used to determine anything, except for this upcoming season…oh well.

  10. sssjim7 says: Dec 28, 2011 2:33 PM

    Cool… looks like USC can go undefeated next year if they can knock off LSU at LSU… and I think they will…

    Should be an interesting year!
    ~Jim

  11. alligatorsnapper says: Dec 28, 2011 2:47 PM

    sssjim7: Should be an interesting game at Deaf Valley. I sure hope somehow the LSU folks can keep it a night game, but with the overlords at the tv nets they want afternoon games since they are less expensive to produce and often they don’t want to interrupt their night schedules, but this one should be at night even as the Arkansas game at LSU was switched to night by CBS. Going undefeated is a great feat in the SEC, whether it is the East or West and that would include the SEC championship game.

    The part this partisan LSU Tiger would agree with Jim, is that it “should be an interesting year!” One more game for us this season and then I will be looking forward to next year, with interest like I never had before!

  12. cometkazie says: Dec 28, 2011 2:57 PM

    sssjim7 says:
    Dec 28, 2011 2:33 PM
    Cool… looks like USC can go undefeated next year if they can knock off LSU at LSU… and I think they will…

    Should be an interesting year!
    ~Jim
    +=+=+=+

    I always read USC as U$C and was wondering what I had missed.

    No harm done.

    That should be a good game, but the chances of it being a night game aren’t good given the $$$grubbers that are in charge.

  13. alligatorsnapper says: Dec 28, 2011 3:22 PM

    cometkazie: I know SouthernPatriots would want me to let you know that they are currently in eastern Kentucky helping some of the needy there. Two doctors from KY are helping them and other volunteers. They will be returning to WVA in a few more days.

    U$C, I see your confusion. The $$$grubbers are my big problem as well, but it makes SouthernPatriots go ballistic! They love the night games at LSU since they have gone to quite a few over the past about 60 years. I like the atmosphere of the night games, and of course, LSU is much more successful with its night games.

  14. stairwayto7 says: Dec 28, 2011 4:13 PM

    Funny how no SEC schools go to A&M OR mISSOURI IN nOVEMBER..AFRAID OF COLD WEATHER I GUESS!

  15. woebegong says: Dec 28, 2011 4:24 PM

    When you are the new kid on the block, you have to fight your way to respect. Why should the established teams, have to freeze their butt off if they have a nice, moderately warm stadium to play teams at. Kentucky and Tenn. can get a little chilly though, and games are played there in November so I am not so sure that applies anyway. Those two teams should be thanking the SEC scheduling crew, because they are letting them play in a warmer climate. I am sure with the way the SEC schedule goes from year to year, some of the SEC teams will play there next year. The series are usually home and home games, even the old series that are played each year..

  16. stonymark says: Dec 28, 2011 6:55 PM

    I hope in that spring meeting they will at least consider making Mizzou and Arkansas permanent cross-divisional opponents.

  17. tobeexact says: Dec 28, 2011 8:02 PM

    Well a few days back I remember georgia fans yapping how great there team is and there strenght of schedule and how tough it was. Now you see the real facts, they didnt play lsu or alabama and the total winning percentage of the teams they played was .500. Just goes to show you the sec isnt as great as they claim to be. There legends in their own minds and believe the AP and espn bias hype.
    However I will say LSU is the best team in the country hands down and probably will be next year as well.
    When it comes down to the 6 AQ conferences all have 4 to 5 really good teams with the exception of the acc and big east.
    Im not alone out side the sec that thinks oklahoma st should be playing lsu in the NC game and im not a big 12 fan .

  18. thefiesty1 says: Dec 28, 2011 9:07 PM

    A&M is SOOOO screwed. They’ll be crying to get bank in the Big 12 soon.

  19. woebegong says: Dec 29, 2011 12:56 AM

    The simple fact is the SEC is or rather will win a 6th consecutive BCS NC, so they must be doing something right. Georgia did have an easy schedule this year, but so did a fair amount of teams, in the country. UGA could still finish with 11 wins.
    Jealousy doesn’t do any good. Complaining about the SEC doesn’t do any better. Beat the top SEC teams once in awhile, and you too could see a championship. Until your team does that, it is just sour grapes, and the SEC will still bring home the crystal ball. It is as simple as that.

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