Breaking down the schedules:
- Ranking the SEC schedules by strength of schedule
- Ranking the SEC’s non-conference schedule
- August/September’s toughest schedules
- October’s toughest schedules
- November’s toughest schedules
- SEC East toughest three-game stretches
- SEC West toughest three-game stretches
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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