It looks like UGA will see the TV cameras quite a bit during this time period. Good chance to get in the spot light if the defense is ready to go. I think the offense can light up the scoreboard against almost any team but the defense will have a few growing pains. Folks will just have to be patient and hope the offense can win some games in the early going.
Earlier this month we took a glance at the SEC’s best and worst non-conference schedulers. You can find that article on cupcakes right here. But today we want to look at the SEC’s football schedule for 2013 in depth. As in week-by-week and month-by-month.
In other words, which Saturdays look great for TV viewing and which, well, leave us wanting a bit more. We’ll start in August/September.
Please keep in mind that these rankings are based on overall interest level for an outside observer. They do not reflect how close a particular game might be. Also, we list games by the week, so a Thursday game will be assigned to the following Saturday’s weekend.
Great Games: Alabama vs. Virginia Tech, Georgia at Clemson, LSU vs TCU
Intriguing Games: Kentucky vs W. Kentucky (Bobby Petrino versus a school that passed him over), Mississippi State vs Oklahoma State (MSU finally steps up in weight class), Washington State at Auburn (lots of passing versus lots of hurry-up), Ole Miss at Vanderbilt (two surprise teams a year ago face off), South Carolina vs North Carolina (nice neighborly battle in Charlotte)
Yawners: La.-Lafayette at Arkansas, Toledo at Florida, Murray State at Missouri, Austin Peay at Tennessee, Rice at Texas A&M
Great Games: Florida at Miami (FL), South Carolina at Georgia
Intriguing Games: Arkansas State at Auburn (Gus Malzahn versus the team he coached last year), Western Kentucky at Tennessee (Petrino versus another school that passed him over), Toledo at Missouri (If the Rockets — who went 9-4 last year — upset Mizzou it could be curtains for Gary Pinkel)
Yawners: Samford at Arkansas, Miami (OH) at Kentucky, UAB at LSU, Southeast Missouri State at Ole Miss, Alcorn State at Mississippi State, Sam Houston State at Texas A&M, Austin Peay at Vanderbilt
Great Games: Alabama at Texas A&M
Intriguing Games: Mississippi State at Auburn, Louisville at Kentucky (can Mark Stoops pull the upset?), Ole Miss at Texas (The Rebels got thumped by the Longhorns last year), Vanderbilt at South Carolina, Tennessee at Oregon (If the Vols had a better roster this might be a great one)
Yawners: Southern Miss at Arkansas, Kent State at LSU
Great Games: None
Intriguing Games: Arkansas at Rutgers (You don’t often see SEC teams go north to play), Auburn at LSU, Tennessee at Florida, Missouri at Indiana (Pinkel can’t afford to lose non-conference games this year), SMU at Texas A&M, Vanderbilt at UMass (The SEC visits Gillette Stadium)
Yawners: Colorado State at Alabama (Jim McElwain returns to Tuscaloosa but without a prayer), North Texas at Georgia, Troy at Mississippi State
Great Games: LSU at Georgia
Intriguing Games: Ole Miss at Alabama, Texas A&M at Arkansas, Florida at Kentucky, Arkansas State at Missouri (Have we mentioned Pinkel’s status?), South Carolina at UCF
Yawners: South Alabama at Tennessee, UAB at Vanderbilt
Game of the Month (plus one weekend in August): Alabama at Texas A&M
Best Weekend for TV Viewing: September 14th. Not only do we get Bama at A&M, but there are rivalry games (MSU/Auburn, UK/Louisville), a prove-it game in the SEC East (Vandy/Carolina), and a pair of unusual matchups (Ole Miss/Texas, Tennessee/Oregon). Better yet, there are only a couple of yawners on that weekend.
Worst Weekend for TV Viewing: September 21st. There’s not a great game on the docket. Several of the intriguing games are only interesting because of the circumstances, not the quality of the teams (Arkansas/Rutgers, Missouri/Indiana, Vandy/UMass). Plus there are three games on the schedule that should be easy wins for the SEC.