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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: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2011 2:15 pm

Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

Yes, I agree the SEC plays a cupcake OOC indicated by the team the champ plays at the end of the last 5 seasons. I wish the NCAA would figure out a way for the SEC to play a quality opponent in the BCS championship game.  Until then, we just have to realize that all the games other than the SEC's are just a complete waste of time.

Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: December 24, 2011 1:04 pm
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Since: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: December 24, 2011 12:31 pm

Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

I don't know about how much you look at football outside the SEC, but USC would have probably ran through Georgia's schedule. Shoot, I would give them 10 wins with Alabama schedule.

Since: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: December 24, 2011 12:28 pm

Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday


More than half of our (SEC) teams were cupcakes this year. I will need you to go back and look at the teams. We only had 5 good teams...

Since: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: December 24, 2011 12:16 pm

Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday


You do know that we (SEC) always play a terrible OOC schedule schedule. 2 of those games (FSU and Ga Tech) are annual so those really can't be included. And how many questionable teams are on there....Navy was 5-8, Penn State (shrugs), Boise made Georgia look terrible, BYU beat Ole Miss (who couldn', Clemson exposed us (Auburn), Louisville beat Kentucky, and what else can be said about Texas A&M. lol. The 2 best teams on list are Oregon and WVA and they both lost to the only team in the SEC whose ranking isn't questionable.

Now count how many bottom tier FBS schools (bottom of a non AQ conference) and FCS schools the SEC went up against. That is the telling number..

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 24, 2011 11:16 am

Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

The Pac is just following the lessons of the SEC in recent years and putting nobodies on their schedule to pad their record, and I hate it.   
That's just ignorance. You might want to actually read some schedules before you go announcing to the world that you don't pay attention to anything that happens outside your team's schedule. LOL

The Big 12(8) is the conference that had no significan't OOC games this year. OK's game against FSU was the potentially toughest OOC game their entire conference played. The SEC had Oregon, Penn State, Clemson (twice), WVA, FSU, Ga Tech, Boise St, Navy, Louisville, Texas A&M,  BYU, and La Tech (which turned out to have a good team this year). The PAC 12 plays a pretty good OOC schedule too, but its not significanlty better than the SEC's, and the PAC 12 doesn't match up well in the middle and lower tiers of the conference internally.

Who did Stanford schedule OOC for example? San Jose State, Duke (snicker), and Notre Dame. ND is the only potentially quality opponent, but we all know that the truth is that ND hasn't been a top flight program for a very long time now.

While in some years some schools do schedule two quality games OOC, the trend for decades has been to play on the average one quality OOC game each year along with some soft ones ... unless you're the Big 12(8), where some teams won't even schedule the one quality OOC game.     



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2011 10:33 am

Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

The rule of thumb here for all teams is to play one good AQ team, two soft teams, and another team "To be determined" if you only play 8 Conference games, ala the SEC.  I see the SEC eventually going to 9 conference games.  Florida will alwyas play Florida State.  Georgia will always play Georgia Tech.  South Carolina will always play Clemson.  Just like Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, and USC will always play Notre Dame.  Starting in 2015, USC will play two good AQ teams, scheduling Texas A&M for 2015-16, and Texas for 2017-18 to go along with Notre Dame.  Georgia has Clemson and Ohio State on future schedules.  That would seem to indicate that teams believe that there will be some type of change to the current BCS system.  It seems as if more teams are scheduling tougher non-con games down the road.

Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: December 24, 2011 10:13 am

Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

"PAC is following the SEC and padding schedules and you hate it"
What? I thought everyone was behind following the SEC.  Who is out in front? Football schedules are like basketball schedules.  It allows the little dogs to play the big dogs and yu get the occassional upsets.  it makes the sports go around.  Some conferences plays cupcakes all year long (ACC, MWC, CUSA) while other play cupcakes most the season meaning more than half in conference games are cupcakes too like PAC 12 and  Big 10. 

I think 1 legitimate attempt at OOC game and 2 cupcakes in football plus conferense is all you need. Of course when SEC plays any other conference OOC game it is a twinkie.

Since: Sep 6, 2008
Posted on: December 24, 2011 9:35 am

Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

and yes the almighty USC of the west plays Syracuse, Utah and the rest of the over ranked PAC-12 (you did loose to Arizona State this year).  Come and play an 8 game schedule in the SEC while scheduling 2 non-conference AQ schools and 2 money games.  

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2011 8:33 am
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