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The SEC released its 2018 schedule on Tuesday. For those wanting to book hotels a year early, get after it. The team-by-team schedules are below.

But first a few thoughts about next year’s schedule:

The SEC formula: Why does the SEC usually have so many bowl eligible teams? Well, besides they have a lot of quality teams, they have mastered the best scheduling model in college football. All 14 schools have seven home games and 10 of the 14 only play four true road games plus one neutral site game; compared to other Power 5 schools that play five or six true road games. In 2018, only Mississippi State, Kentucky, South Carolina and Vanderbilt do not benefit from the seven- home, four-road and one-neutral game setup.

Best neutral site non-conference game: Auburn vs. Washington in Atlanta. This is a rarity: a SEC/Pac-12 matchup. And I love it. If QB Jake Browning returns next season, the Huskies should again be a College Football Playoff contender. It will be Washington’s first SEC opponent since a 2012 visit to LSU and Auburn’s first Pac-12 foe since hosting Washington State in 2013.

Best non-conference road game (excluding rivalry games UF/FSU, UGA/GT, USC/Clemson, UK/UL): Well, there are only four to chose from – Vanderbilt at Notre Dame, Arkansas State at Colorado State, Mississippi State at Kansas State and Missouri at Purdue. The winner? Vanderbilt at Notre Dame. It will be Vandy’s first game in South Bend since 1995. Make the trip, if you can, Commodore fans.

Toughest schedule: Auburn. Start with the season opener against a likely Top 10 ranked Washington, a home date with LSU and road games at Mississippi State, Georgia and Alabama. Good luck, Gus.

Easiest schedule: Kentucky. The non-conference schedule serves up three automatic wins: Central Michigan, Murray State and Middle Tennessee. The SEC portion is also favorable: Alabama and LSU are not on the schedule and the toughest road games are Florida, Texas A&M and Tennessee.

Quirkiest schedule: Texas A&M opens the season with three consecutive home games and ends the season with three consecutive home games. In the seven weeks between from Sept. 22 and Nov. 3, the Aggies will play four road games, a neutral site contest and one home game.

Honorary SEC members: Louisville, Colorado State, Middle Tennessee, UL Monroe and UL Lafayette. All five schools each play two SEC opponents. Louisville opens the season with Alabama and finishes with Kentucky. Colorado State, coached by former Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, faces Arkansas and Florida in consecutive weeks.

Taking them behind the woodshed week: In what’s become an annual tradition, the week before Thanksgiving features some major mismatches and next year is no different. On Nov. 17, it’s The Citadel at Alabama, Liberty at Auburn, Rice at LSU, Idaho at Florida, UMass at Georgia and UT Chattanooga at South Carolina.

The Alabama Invitational/SEC title game is Dec. 1 in Atlanta.

SEC West 
Alabama
Sept. 1 vs. Louisville (Orlando)
Sept. 8 ARKANSAS STATE
Sept. 15 at Ole Miss
Sept. 22 TEXAS A&M
Sept. 29 LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE
Oct. 6 at Arkansas
Oct. 13 MISSOURI
Oct. 20 at Tennessee
Oct. 27 Open 
Nov. 3 at LSU
Nov. 10 MISSISSIPPI STATE
Nov. 17 CITADEL
Nov. 24 AUBURN

Arkansas 
Sept. 1 EASTERN ILLINOIS
Sept. 8 at Colorado State
Sept. 15 NORTH TEXAS
Sept. 22 at Auburn
Sept. 29 vs. Texas A&M (Arlington)
Oct. 6 ALABAMA
Oct. 13 OLE MISS
Oct. 20 TULSA
Oct. 27 VANDERBILT
Nov. 3 Open 
Nov. 10 LSU
Nov. 17 at Mississippi State
Nov. 24 at Missouri
SEC home game in Little Rock TBA

Auburn 
Sept. 1 vs. Washington (Atlanta)
Sept. 8 ALABAMA STATE
Sept. 15 LSU
Sept. 22 ARKANSAS
Sept. 29 SOUTHERN MISS
Oct. 6 at Mississippi State
Oct. 13 TENNESSEE
Oct. 20 at Ole Miss
Oct. 27 Open 
Nov. 3 TEXAS A&M
Nov. 10 at Georgia
Nov. 17 LIBERTY
Nov. 24 at Alabama

LSU
Sept. 1 vs. Miami (Arlington)
Sept. 8 SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA
Sept. 15 at Auburn
Sept. 22 LOUISIANA TECH
Sept. 29 OLE MISS
Oct. 6 at Florida
Oct. 13 GEORGIA
Oct. 20 MISSISSIPPI STATE
Oct. 27 Open 
Nov. 3 ALABAMA
Nov. 10 at Arkansas
Nov. 17 RICE
Nov. 24 at Texas A&M

Ole Miss
Sept. 1 vs. Texas Tech (Houston)*
Sept. 8 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
Sept. 15 ALABAMA
Sept. 22 KENT STATE
Sept. 29 at LSU
Oct. 6 UL-MONROE
Oct. 13 at Arkansas
Oct. 20 AUBURN
Oct. 27 Open 
Nov. 3 SOUTH CAROLINA
Nov. 10 at Texas A&M
Nov. 17 at Vanderbilt
Nov. 22 (Thu.) MISSISSIPPI STATE
*date subject to change

Mississippi State 
Sept. 1 STEPHEN F. AUSTIN
Sept. 8 at Kansas State
Sept. 15 LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE
Sept. 22 at Kentucky
Sept. 29 FLORIDA
Oct. 6 AUBURN
Oct. 13 Open 
Oct. 20 at LSU
Oct. 27 TEXAS A&M
Nov. 3 LOUISIANA TECH
Nov. 10 at Alabama
Nov. 17 ARKANSAS
Nov. 22 (Thurs.) at Ole Miss

Texas A&M
Sept. 1 NORTHWESTERN STATE
Sept. 8 CLEMSON
Sept. 15 UL MONROE
Sept. 22 at Alabama
Sept. 29 vs. Arkansas (Arlington)
Oct. 6 KENTUCKY
Oct. 13 at South Carolina
Oct. 20 Open 
Oct. 27 at Mississippi State
Nov. 3 at Auburn
Nov. 10 OLE MISS
Nov. 17 UAB
Nov. 24 LSU

SEC East

Florida
Sept. 1 CHARLESTON SOUTHERN
Sept. 8 KENTUCKY
Sept. 15 COLORADO STATE
Sept. 22 at Tennessee
Sept. 29 at Mississippi State
Oct. 6 LSU
Oct. 13 at Vanderbilt
Oct. 20 Open 
Oct. 27 vs. Georgia (Jacksonville)
Nov. 3 MISSOURI
Nov. 10 SOUTH CAROLINA
Nov. 17 IDAHO
Nov. 24 at Florida State

Georgia
Sept. 1 AUSTIN PEAY
Sept. 8 at South Carolina
Sept. 15 MIDDLE TENNESSEE
Sept. 22 at Missouri
Sept. 29 TENNESSEE
Oct. 6 VANDERBILT
Oct. 13 at LSU
Oct. 20 Open 
Oct. 27 vs. Florida (Jacksonville)
Nov. 3 at Kentucky
Nov. 10 AUBURN
Nov. 17 UMASS
Nov. 24 GEORGIA TECH

Kentucky
Sept. 1 CENTRAL MICHIGAN
Sept. 8 at Florida
Sept. 15 MURRAY STATE
Sept. 22 MISSISSIPPI STATE
Sept. 29 SOUTH CAROLINA
Oct. 6 at Texas A&M
Oct. 13 Open 
Oct. 20 VANDERBILT
Oct. 27 at Missouri
Nov. 3 GEORGIA
Nov. 10 at Tennessee
Nov. 17 MIDDLE TENNESSEE
Nov. 24 at Louisville

Missouri
Sept. 1 UT MARTIN
Sept. 8 WYOMING
Sept. 15 at Purdue
Sept. 22 GEORGIA
Sept. 29 Open 
Oct. 6 at South Carolina
Oct. 13 at Alabama
Oct. 20 MEMPHIS
Oct. 27 KENTUCKY
Nov. 3 at Florida
Nov. 10 VANDERBILT
Nov. 17 at Tennessee
Nov. 24 ARKANSAS

South Carolina
Sept. 1 COASTAL CAROLINA
Sept. 8 GEORGIA
Sept. 15 MARSHALL
Sept. 22 at Vanderbilt
Sept. 29 at Kentucky
Oct. 6 MISSOURI
Oct. 13 TEXAS A&M
Oct. 20 Open 
Oct. 27 TENNESSEE
Nov. 3 at Ole Miss
Nov. 10 at Florida
Nov. 17 UT-CHATTANOOGA
Nov. 24 at Clemson

Tennessee
Sept. 1 vs. West Virginia (Charlotte)
Sept. 8 EAST TENNESSEE STATE
Sept. 15 UTEP
Sept. 22 FLORIDA
Sept. 29 at Georgia
Oct. 6 Open 
Oct. 13 at Auburn
Oct. 20 ALABAMA
Oct. 27 at South Carolina
Nov. 3 CHARLOTTE
Nov. 10 KENTUCKY
Nov. 17 MISSOURI
Nov. 24 at Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt
Sept. 1 MIDDLE TENNESSEE
Sept. 8 NEVADA
Sept. 15 at Notre Dame
Sept. 22 SOUTH CAROLINA
Sept. 29 TENNESSEE STATE
Oct. 6 at Georgia
Oct. 13 FLORIDA
Oct. 20 at Kentucky
Oct. 27 at Arkansas
Nov. 3 Open 
Nov. 10 at Missouri
Nov. 17 OLE MISS
Nov. 24 TENNESSEE

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The SEC conference does not test themselves during the regular season. 

Is it neutral site if Washington is flying across the country and Auburn is playing in Atlanta? Might as well call that a home game. 

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9 hours ago, DELdaBull said:

The SEC conference does not test themselves during the regular season. 

Is it neutral site if Washington is flying across the country and Auburn is playing in Atlanta? Might as well call that a home game. 

Agree, for the most part, but Jerrah's money does have some of them going a little out of their comfort zone to play in his house, like UF/UM this year. Also, there are a few inter P5 games on the list up there where an SEC team is more than a bus ride away ..... but the most intriguing is Arkansas going to Colorado State. Not sure I remember a team from God's Chosen Conference ever traveling that far to play one of the peons during the season.

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Didn't see USF in the article, don't care.

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59 minutes ago, BDYZR said:

Didn't see USF in the article

That's why it was on this board. If there was anything about USF in it, it would have been on the Main board ...

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