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Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

Posted on: December 23, 2011 5:37 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The long wait to see exactly how the SEC has corralled its new 14-team monster of a league into its 2012 football schedule -- and on short notice, no less -- should be almost over.

According to a report Friday from Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun, the finished 2012 SEC schedule "is expected to be released Monday." The SEC's official Twitter feed confirmed Thursday that the schedule is in its "final stages" but would not be made public until after Christmas.

But to believe the sources who have spoken to Dooley, the process has already gone past those "final stages" to "completed." Among the impacts of the last-minute addition of Missouri to the SEC East, Dooley reports, is that Florida won't receive the returned home game from their cross-divisional rotation trip to Auburn this past season--nor will they get their new, expected rotated-in matchup against Ole Miss. Instead, the Gators will face only two West opponents (Texas A&M and annual cross-division rival LSU) while adding Missouri to their East slate.

Assuming that information is correct, it will put to bed once and for all the notion -- advanced in November by no less than South Carolina president Harris Pastides -- that the SEC is moving to a nine-game conference schedule for 2012. The SEC moved quickly to quash that suggestion at the time, and Mike Slive told the Birmingham News Thursday that he "[doesn't] sense any interest" in moving beyond the current eight-game arrangement.

But neither that statement nor the eight-game 2012 slate rules out a nine-game schedule in the league's future. Slive also confirmed that the 2012 schedule is intended as a one-year stopgap before the 2013 slate establishes the SEC's future divisional rotations, and pointedly added "Who knows what the future holds?" when asked about the possibility of nine games.

So some of the nagging questions about the new look SEC will (very likely) be answered on Monday. Some, though, are going to linger on for a good deal longer than that.

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: December 23, 2011 10:11 pm

Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

Haters going to hate....

How about Missouri State, Washington State, North Arizona, UC Davis, Nevada?  That's the teams playing SoCal that pump up their schedule.  Don't act like SEC is the only conference that schedules like this...

I'll admit, SoCal does a great job scheduling very good OOC games.  But they are the ONLY team that does this.  Please give me another team that schedules lke SoCal.  Quit hating and worry about the NCAA problems Kiffin is going to bring to the Trojans. 

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2011 8:27 pm

Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

Why wait until Monday to publish the sec schedule? I can give you the teams, just find a slot to place them in.

The teams the sec play are not a mystery. They play Chattanooga, Samford, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Wofford, Appalachian State,  The  Citadel, Furman, Western Carolina, Arkansas State, Western Kentucky, Middle Tennessee, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, North Texas State, Florida Atlantic, and Central Arkansas.

Now add the bottom feeders in the sec and you have the sec champion.

The teams of the sec would be able to select their patsies in alphabetically order.


Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: December 23, 2011 8:27 pm

Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

Wow, it never ceases to amaze me how much haters are gonna hate.

Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2011 6:43 pm

Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

"Last minute"? Does anyone actually think that the SEC waited until Missouri officially joined to start designing a 16-game schedule?

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 6:20 pm

Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

Most people know the SEC has been the best the last few years.  But it is time for them to play a nine game in conference season, especially with 14 teams in their conference.  Then nobody would complain about the 3 cupcake OOC teams they play as opposed to the 3 cupcakes and one moderate OOC game.  (This does not apply to LSU, who plays a good OOC the last few years).  

Cause nobody really knows if Georgia is any good this year as they avoided the top half of the SEC until the SEC title game.  That shouldn't happen even in the "best" conference.  

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 6:08 pm

Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

Weak. SEC should play nine. Now a player at say, Florida, could potentially go through four years of college without ever once playing Auburn. Before, through four years of college, you went to 11 of the 12 venues in the SEC. You played four times minimum against six schools, twice against three schools and once against two schools.

Now an SEC player could potentially go four years without ever once seeing four of the venues in the other division, and could go through college without ever playing some of his school's conference rivals.

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