The intensive reactions arrived straight away.
The Southeastern Conference’s live reveal on SEC Community of just about every school’s two new opponents had everybody talking headed into the weekend.
The SEC even now has not unveiled the full agenda with the dates of when the games will be played — that should really appear inside the up coming two months — but now each individual SEC faculty knows the 10 opponents it will experience this period. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey stated the conference “made each individual effort to generate a routine that is as aggressive as achievable and builds on the current eight conference online games that had by now been scheduled for 2020.”
It wouldn’t be the SEC, even though, if there weren’t robust inner thoughts about the up to date timetable.
To kind out which educational facilities got very good news and which faculties might currently be drafting sternly worded letters to league headquarters, we give you the winners and losers of the SEC’s new 10-opponent schedules.
The Crimson Tide designed out perfectly Friday when the SEC dished out Kentucky and Missouri as its two new opponents. It could have been better — aka Vanderbilt — but the most essential factor for Alabama was steering clear of Florida. Alabama already experienced two of the hardest SEC East groups, Ga and Tennessee, and wasn’t keen to incorporate the third. Alternatively, the nation’s preseason No. 3 team receives two quite winnable game titles though Kentucky is no cupcake.
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The preseason SEC East favored included the two easiest SEC West opponents, on paper at the very least, headed into the season. Arkansas and Mississippi Condition are both of those on their third coaches in as numerous several years, with extra expanding pains attainable supplied the absence of a standard spring and summer time schedule. The Bulldogs have the ideal opportunity to arise out of the East, and almost nothing that took place Friday transformed that.
Ed Orgeron experienced to be smiling soon after seeing Missouri and Vanderbilt as his two new opponents. The Tigers may possibly be the most important winner of any SEC university having the groups perceived to be the SEC East’s two weakest headed into the time. Steering clear of Georgia and Tennessee — the Tigers by now experienced Florida and South Carolina — really should make the folks of Baton Rouge very delighted.
Ole Pass up
The Rebels might now have the most effective foursome of SEC East opponents. With Florida and Vanderbilt presently scheduled, Ole Miss added Kentucky and South Carolina. Neither a person is a certain get, but conversely, neither a person is also an clear decline the way Ga would have been. Ole Miss out on could unquestionably go 3-1 with this slate which is big specified all the tricky video games that appear each individual yr in the SEC West.
Weak Sam Pittman. The excitable “Yes Sir!” head mentor received almost nothing but coal from commissioner Greg Sankey on Friday. Arkansas, already envisioned to finish past in the SEC West, additional the SEC East’s two toughest groups, Georgia and Florida. Increase in yearly video games from Alabama, LSU, Auburn and Texas A&M, the Razorbacks are now scheduled to enjoy four top 10 groups and six Major 25 teams. Ouch.
Welcome to the SEC, Eliah Drinkwitz. Your welcome bag is possessing to engage in 3 preseason prime five teams. If Arkansas is the significant loser in the SEC West, there’s no question Missouri fared the worst in the East. The Tigers added defending nationwide winner LSU and preseason No. 3 Alabama to their agenda. Missouri was by now experiencing an uphill battle to earn extra than a pair game titles this year, and the SEC just included two a lot more clear losses.
The Aggies avoided Ga but I just cannot consider Jimbo Fisher is thrilled about including Florida and Tennessee. This was shaping up to be an crucial calendar year for Fisher headed into Yr 3 of a 10-12 months contract with a 17-9 document to day. Even before COVID-19 altered all the things, it was not fair to say Fisher’s seat was even warm, but every person appeared to comprehend much better effects in 2020 have been important for the trajectory of the application. Receiving Florida and Tennessee helps make Texas A&M’s climb to the prime of the SEC extra demanding.
John Talty is the sports editor and SEC Insider for Alabama Media Team. You can observe him on Twitter @JTalty.