Ranking the SEC’s nastiest three-game stretches


Breaking down the schedules:

SDS has turned all the SEC’s schedules on their head for 2013 in the last few weeks. We looked at each SEC team’s toughest three-game stretch, which included bye weeks, the last two days. Now, let’s look at the overall most brutal three-game stretches in the SEC that don’t involve bye weeks.

A gauntlet of three SEC games in a row is tough enough, but these six schedules are just remorseless:

1. Arkansas

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

Hogs Buzz: Welcome to Fayetteville, Bret Bielema. I wouldn’t wish a three-game stretch at Florida, South Carolina and at Alabama on Bill Belichick. And if you thought three wasn’t enough, Arkansas also plays Texas A&M before Florida. So, yeah, that is one nasty schedule.

2. Mississippi State

  • Nov. 2 – at South Carolina
  • Nov. 9 – at Texas A&M
  • Nov. 16 – Alabama

Bulldogs Buzz: The meat of MSU’s schedule comes all in November. The three-game stretch that includes road trips to South Carolina and Texas A&M before hosting Alabama is part of the brutal five-game stretch in consecutive weeks. The Bulldogs close out November with Arkansas and Ole Miss. Dan Mullen will have another November to remember.

3. Ole Miss

  • Sept. 28 – at Alabama
  • Oct. 5 – at Auburn
  • Oct. 12 – Texas A&M

Rebels Buzz: The Rebels travel to the state of Alabama in back-to-back weeks before hosting Texas A&M. We know the difficulty of the Tide and Aggies, but Auburn will be improved and difficult to prepare for. Nonetheless, that’s two hurry-up offenses in consecutive weeks. Hugh Freeze will get a taste of his own game plan and attack.

4. Kentucky

  • Sept. 28 – Florida
  • Oct. 5 – at South Carolina
  • Oct. 12 – Alabama

Cats Buzz: Mark Stoops is another first-year coach that welcomes a brutal three-game stretch. Florida, South Carolina and Alabama are enough to gut any team. The three games are sandwiched between bye weeks before Florida and after Alabama.

5. Florida

  • Nov. 2 – vs. Georgia
  • Nov. 9 – Vanderbilt
  • Nov. 16 – at South Carolina

Gator Buzz: Florida’s toughest three-game stretch features two games away from The Swamp against Georgia and South Carolina, with nine-game winner Vanderbilt sandwiched in between. November will decide whether Florida is a pretender or contender.

6. LSU

  • Sept. 28 – at Georgia
  • Oct. 5 – at Mississippi State
  • Oct. 12 – Florida

LSU Buzz: LSU is one of the few teams that doesn’t play Alabama with the worst three-game stretch. The Tigers play two SEC East powers in Georgia and Florida. But road trips to Starkville have proven to be challenging for the Tigers, too. More cowbell please.

Photo Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports



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  • I am biased but if we are looking at 3 game stretches I have to disagree with Arkansas as #1. aTm>>Florida plus we have back to back away games not a home separator.

  • I’m never the one to comment on others remarks, and being biased is understandable because I am Razorback fan, but I ask you why is their schedule tougher than Arkansas? You have to put in perspective that Arkansas just came off an awful season, and now have a new system with a first year coach. If you read the article the Hogs have,actually, a 4 week span with TAMU before going to the Swamp.. So with all these things said I have to agree with this article, regardless of being a Razorback fan, because the Razorbacks play 4 of the best teams in the SEC four weekends in a row..

    • IMO Ark is #1 if we look at this 3 game stretch and all things outside. Now, if you narrow the scope to only these three games and the teams played MSU has the “nastiest” 3 game stretch. My basis stems from A&M being stronger than Florida and MSU has back to back away games. Both stretches are grueling for sure and I am not a debater, but that’s my $0.02.

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