SEC’s toughest October schedules

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SDS continues the 2013 SEC football schedule analysis with October’s five toughest schedules.

1. Missouri Tigers

Overall schedule Rank: #12
Non-conference rank: #9

  • Oct. 5 – at Vanderbilt
  • Oct. 12 – at Georgia
  • Oct. 19 – Florida
  • Oct. 26 – South Carolina

Mizzou Buzz: Missouri has one of the easiest schedules that August/September has to offer, but things get real in October. The Tigers start their SEC slate with road trips to Vandy and Georgia, before hosting Florida and South Carolina. They could play four ranked teams in consecutive weeks, depending on how Vanderbilt starts the season. That’s just brutal.

2. Arkansas Razorbacks

Overall schedule Rank: #1
Non-conference rank: #6

  • Oct. 5 – at Florida
  • Oct. 12 – South Carolina
  • Oct. 19 – at Alabama
  • Oct. 26 – Bye

Hogs Buzz: Arkansas’ October schedule is in the midst of a brutal four-game stretch that I wouldn’t wish upon Bill Belichick. Two road games at Florida and Alabama will be brutal, while hosting South Carolina. The reason Arkansas’ October schedule is nastier than Tennessee’s is because the games fall on consecutive weeks with no bye week in between.

3. Tennessee Volunteers

Overall schedule Rank: #4
Non-conference rank: #8

  • Oct. 5 – Georgia
  • Oct. 12 – Bye
  • Oct. 19 – South Carolina
  • Oct. 26 – at Alabama

Vols Buzz: Tennessee has one of the toughest August/September records by taking two road trips in back-to-back weeks against Oregon and Florida. And October isn’t much different by playing three ranked teams, two at home. Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama all come calling during football’s second full month, and bad could get worse before Tennessee fans know it.

4. Ole Miss Rebels

Overall schedule Rank: #9
Non-conference rank: #12

  • Oct. 5 – at Auburn
  • Oct. 12 – Texas A&M
  • Oct. 19 – LSU
  • Oct. 26 – Idaho

Rebels Buzz: Ole Miss’ schedule gets real at the end of September against Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and it carries on into October against Auburn, Texas A&M, LSU and Idaho. The Rebels had the Aggies and Tigers on the ropes last season, but they couldn’t polish off wins.

5. Kentucky Wildcats

Overall schedule Rank: #3
Non-conference rank: #7

  • Oct. 5 – at South Carolina
  • Oct. 12 – Alabama
  • Oct. 19 – Bye
  • Oct. 24 – at Mississippi State

Cats Buzz: Kentucky’s overall schedule is brutal for first-year coach Mark Stoops, and the schedule gets serious in October with road games at South Carolina and Mississippi State, while hosting Alabama. Kentucky will make the MSU game interesting this season. Bet your boots on it.

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