The 2016 Tennessee Volunteers are a shining example of just how much a team’s schedule can impact its season. Following wins against SEC East foes Florida and Georgia, the Vols would emerge from the first
Alabama opens the 2017 season in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, where Nick Saban will face protégé Jimbo Fisher in what is a game we already can’t stop talking about. Win that, though, and it’s relatively smooth sailing the next few weeks, at least until nemesis Ole Miss visits on Sept. 30.
A new era has kicked off in Baton Rouge this spring with Ed Orgeron fully in command as LSU’s head coach, replacing Les Miles. Miles and his 114 career wins with the Tigers are gone, but there’s still plenty of talent remaining.
As they say in the SEC, "It just means more." That is especially true in terms of scheduling, because in order for an SEC team to reach the College Football Playoff, it can't take a week off. Just about every team in the SEC is capable of beating a fellow conference foe on Saturday.
Georgia isn't pulling any punches in Kirby Smart's second year in Athens. The Bulldogs go on the road twice in their non-conference slate, a rarity among Power Five teams these days, as they are limited to six home games.