1. 2020 SEC schedule winners and losers
With all of the massive discrepancies in cross-divisional games, and with the timing of several of the other battles, your SEC scheduling winners and losers – at least how it all looks deep in the offseason – are …
Winner: Arkansas. It might not be a great team Sam Pittman is taking over, but there’s no complaining about the schedule. There’s no Florida or Georgia from the East, LSU and Alabama are both home games, and the team doesn’t leave the state for the whole month of October.
Loser: South Carolina. Didn’t the Gamecocks catch a bad break with last year’s schedule? Yup, and now try this – road games at Florida, LSU and Clemson, along with home games against Georgia and Texas A&M. If there’s a misfire at Kentucky early on, or against Tennessee, uh-oh.
Winner: Texas A&M. It’s all relative in the SEC West, but start with replacing Clemson with Colorado on the non-conference side. The Aggies go all of September without playing a team that went to a bowl game, and after going to Mississippi State – very winnable – they get a Fresno State team that didn’t go bowling.
They had to play Alabama and Auburn on the road, but they only leave Texas once between the start of the season and October 17th. Three of the last four games – including LSU – are at home.
Loser: Florida. The overall schedule is actually not that bad – there’s no Alabama or Auburn from the West – however, the Gators have their annual date against LSU right before leaving Gainesville for a big chunk of the season. After hosting the Tigers on October 10th, they’re not back at home for a game until November 14th.
And finally …
Winner/Loser: Alabama. Which way do you want to look at this?
Bama doesn’t play a team that went bowling in a true road game – the opener against USC is in Arlington – until October 24th at Tennessee. However …
The LSU game is in Baton Rouge.
Bama closes out with three straight home games against UT Martin, Texas A&M and Auburn. However …
It has a funky midseason run of three road games in four dates, all around an open week. That means the game against Mississippi State on October 17th is the only home game from September 26th until November 14th.
SEC Football Schedules, Analysis, Toughest Games
East Florida | Georgia | Kentucky | Missouri
South Carolina | Tennessee | Vanderbilt
West Alabama | Arkansas | Auburn | LSU
Miss State | Ole Miss | Texas A&M | Composite