SEC releases conference football rotations through 2025

Death Valley will welcome Maty Mauk and company in 2016. - Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Missouri's 2015 road slate could feature five games in bordering states. Not bad.

With minimal fanfare, the SEC released its conference scheduling rotation for the next 12 seasons on Monday afternoon.

Considering we've gotten used to trickles of scheduling information, this is a firehose. Let's dissect.

Year Home SEC Opponents Road SEC Opponents
2015 Florida
Mississippi State
South Carolina
Tennessee
Arkansas
Georgia
Kentucky
Vanderbilt
2016 Arkansas
Georgia
Kentucky
Vanderbilt
Florida
LSU
South Carolina
Tennessee
2017 Auburn
Florida
South Carolina
Tennessee
Arkansas
Georgia
Kentucky
Vanderbilt
2018 Arkansas
Georgia
Kentucky
Vanderbilt
Alabama
Florida
South Carolina
Tennessee
2019 Florida
Ole Miss
South Carolina
Tennessee
Arkansas
Georgia
Kentucky
Vanderbilt
2020 Arkansas
Georgia
Kentucky
Vanderbilt
Florida
Mississippi State
South Carolina
Tennessee
2021 Florida
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas A&M
Arkansas
Georgia
Kentucky
Vanderbilt
2022 Arkansas
Georgia
Kentucky
Vanderbilt
Auburn
Florida
South Carolina
Tennessee
2023 Florida
LSU
South Carolina
Tennessee
Arkansas
Georgia
Kentucky
Vanderbilt
2024 Arkansas
Georgia
Kentucky
Vanderbilt
Florida
Ole Miss
South Carolina
Tennessee
2025 Alabama
Florida
South Carolina
Tennessee
Arkansas
Georgia
Kentucky
Vanderbilt

Quick reactions:

  • So basically, the rotation is Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, and Vanderbilt on one side (home or away), with Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Random SEC West Opponent on the other. In terms of competitive balance, that isn't bad, though for perfect historical balance one would prefer having a home game against either Kentucky or Vanderbilt in a given year instead of both or neither.

  • I'm relieved to see that the league didn't choose home-and-homes in back-to-back years. That would result in an awkward situation in which Missouri didn't play West opponents for 10 years at a time. Instead, the Tigers will play all six (along with annual rival Arkansas) within six years, then play the back end of home-and-homes over the next six years. While that means LSU doesn't come to town until 2023, it at least means Missouri and LSU play before 2023. (Actually, Maty Mauk's senior season will coincide with a trip to Death Valley, which is fun.)

  • I still enjoy the thought of keeping some permanent rivalries and making others simply more prevalent (but not annual), like what I advocated a couple of years ago. That said, playing everybody within six years is still pretty good, as is developing an annual rivalry with Arkansas. I'm easy to please.

  • If the 2015 Arkansas State road game is indeed moved to St. Louis as rumored, that means Missouri will have road trips to St. Louis, Memphis, Fayetteville, Lexington, and Nashville (and, yes, Athens), all of which are easily within a day's drive. (A trip to Jonesboro is, too, obviously.) In fact, that's perhaps as doable as any road slate Mizzou ever had in the Big 12.
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