Wednesday, December 28, 2011
SEC schedule thoughts
The released version is slightly different from yesterday, but not too bad.
We lose the bye week before the Cocktail Party, but to Kentucky while Florida has a much tougher test from South Carolina that week. The bye instead slides up a week, between @South Carolina on Oct 6 and @Kentucky on Oct 20.
As many rumors suggested, we lose the oncoming ama game, and keep our return match with LSU. Meanwhile, our primary competition for an SEC East title see much tougher West foes. Florida has their usual LSU matchup, with a trip to College Station to welcome them to the SEC on September 8th. Meanwhile, South Carolina gets a trip to LSU following their game with us, and close out with their usual Arkansas matchup. The Gamecocks have a killer October starting with us at home, followed by a trip to LSU, @ Florida, and then back home vs. Tennessee.
A lot of people think getting SC later in the year is a bonus, while we subscribe to the Greg McGarity theory of it doesn't matter when. Carolina usually weakens with depth issues as the season drags on, but so does everyone else, and that is lessened as they recruit better and better. This coming year, it might be a negative as it gives new defensive shot caller Lorenzo Ward a little more time to get acclimated. I'd say it also gives Bobo some game film to see how he runs things, but unfortunately that doesn't mean too much for him.