2019 SEC Schedule Release: Looking at the Opponents for Each of the 14 Teams With Predictions

2019 SEC Schedule Release: Looking at the Opponents for Each of the 14 Teams With Predictions

 

Despite the college football season only less than halfway done in 2018, fans can already start to make plans for the future as the SEC has released the schedules of all 14 teams in the conference. Here, we have the full schedules along with my personal predictions of how each team will fare next season. (Note: these predictions don’t include bowl games, only regular season schedules)

 

 

      ALABAMA

  • Aug. 31  vs. Duke
  • Sept. 7  vs. New Mexico State
  • Sept. 14  at South Carolina
  • Sept 21  vs. Southern Miss
  • Sept. 28  vs. Ole Miss
  • Oct. 5  OPEN
  • Oct. 12  at Texas A&M
  • Oct. 19  vs. Tennessee
  • Oct. 26  vs. Arkansas
  • Nov. 2 – OPEN
  • Nov. 9  vs. LSU
  • Nov. 16  at Mississippi State
  • Nov. 23  vs. Western Carolina
  • Nov. 30 at Auburn

 

PREDICTION: Alabama has it’s usual slate of cupcake opponents to go along with it’s tough ones, and they catch an enormous break with a bye week before big games against Texas A&M and LSU. With that being said, Alabama will start the season against two underwhelming clubs, propelling them to a hot start that they will carry throughout the season. They will be back in the CFB and will finish 12-0.

2019 SEC Schedule Release

     ARKANSAS

  • Aug. 31 vs. Portland State
  • Sept. 7 at Ole Miss
  • Sept. 14 vs. Colorado State
  • Sept. 21 vs. San Jose State
  • Sept. 28 vs. Texas A&M
  • Oct. 5 – OPEN
  • Oct. 12 at Kentucky
  • Oct. 19 vs. Auburn
  • Oct. 26 at Alabama
  • Nov. 2 vs. Mississippi State
  • Nov. 9 vs. Western Kentucky
  • Nov. 16 – OPEN
  • Nov. 23 at LSU
  • Nov. 30 vs Missouri

 

PREDICTION: Arkansas has been a below average football team lately, finishing 4-8 last season and getting off to a mediocre 1-2 start this year. Next year, three of their first five games are against cupcake opponents, so it’s realistic to see them start the season 3-2. After their first bye, they face tough teams in Kentucky, Auburn, Alabama and Mississippi State, so it’s hard to see them winning more than four games. With that being said, they will finish at 4-8 next season.

 

     AUBURN

  • Aug. 31 vs. Oregon
  • Sept. 7 vs. Tulane
  • Sept 14. vs. Kent State
  • Sept. 21 at Texas A&M
  • Sept. 28 vs. Mississippi State
  • Oct. 5 at Florida
  • Oct. 12 – OPEN
  • Oct. 19  at Arkansas
  • Oct. 26 at LSU
  • Nov. 2 vs. Ole Miss
  • Nov. 9 – OPEN
  • Nov. 16 vs. Georgia
  • Nov. 23 vs. Samford
  • Nov. 30 vs. Alabama

 

PREDICTION: Auburn gets lucky early in the season as they open up with three straight home games, with an important one coming early against the Oregon Ducks. It’s definitely possible that this team goes 6-0 or 5-1 before their first bye, but with a tough stretch of games against LSU, Georgia and Alabama in the second half of the season, I see Auburn going 7-5.

 

2019 SEC Schedule Release

 

        FLORIDA

  • Aug. 31 vs. Miami
  • Sept. 7 vs. UT-Martin
  • Sept. 14. at Kentucky
  • Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee
  • Sept. 28 vs. Towson
  • Oct. 5 vs. Auburn
  • Oct. 12 at LSU
  • Oct. 19 at South Carolina
  • Oct. 26 – OPEN
  • Nov. 2 vs. Georgia
  • Nov. 9 vs. Vanderbilt
  • Nov. 16 at Missouri
  • Nov. 23 – OPEN
  • Nov. 30 vs. Florida State

 

PREDICTION: The Florida Gators had a disappointing 2017 season but have turned it around in 2018 as they have jumped out to a 2-1 record. I see a lot of winnable games on this schedule, especially if the Gators continue to trend upward. Miami, Vanderbilt, LSU, Georgia and Auburn will all be tough opponents but if they can squeak out one or two wins against them, I see the Gators realistically finishing at 6-6 but there’s a good chance that they can be 7-5.

 

       GEORGIA

  • Aug. 31 at Vanderbilt
  • Sept. 7 vs. Murray State
  • Sept. 14 vs. Arkansas State
  • Sept. 21 vs. Notre Dame
  • Sept. 28 – OPEN
  • Oct. 5 at Tennessee
  • Oct. 12 vs. South Carolina
  • Oct. 19 vs. Kentucky
  • Oct. 26 – OPEN
  • Nov. 2 vs. Florida
  • Nov. 9 vs. Missouri
  • Nov. 16 at Auburn
  • Nov. 23 vs. Texas A&M
  • Nov. 30 at Georgia Tech

 

PREDICTION: Georgia has so much talent on their team that they will be contending for at least the next three or four years, but with the great recruiting job that Kirby Smart has done, it could be even longer. They have some intriguing games against Notre Dame, Florida, Auburn and A&M, but ultimately, with the talent they have, it’s tough to see them losing more than one game. Georgia finishes at 11-1.

 

2019 SEC Schedule Release

 

       KENTUCKY

  • Aug. 31 vs. Toledo
  • Sept. 7 vs. Eastern Michigan
  • Sept. 14 vs. Florida
  • Sept. 21 at Mississippi State
  • Sept. 28 at South Carolina
  • Oct. 5 –  OPEN
  • Oct. 12 vs. Arkansas
  • Oct. 19 at Georgia
  • Oct. 26 vs. Missouri
  • Nov. 2 – OPEN
  • Nov. 9 vs. Tennessee
  • Nov. 16 at Vanderbilt
  • Nov. 23 vs. UT-Martin
  • Nov. 30 vs. Louisville

PREDICTION: Kentucky finished with a respectable record of 7-6 in 2017 and has jumped out to a 3-0 start in 2018, so to say that they are surging is an understatement. They open up against two relatively easy opponents before they square off against the Gators, a team they’ve already beaten this season. Games like Mississippi State, South Carolina and Georgia will be difficult, but I believe Kentucky will finish off at a strong 8-4 next year.

 

          LSU

  • Aug. 31 vs. Georgia Southern
  • Sept. 7 at Texas
  • Sept. 14 vs. Northwestern State
  • Sept. 21 at Vanderbilt
  • Sept. 28 – OPEN
  • Oct. 5 vs. Utah State
  • Oct. 12 vs. Florida
  • Oct. 19 at Mississippi State
  • Oct. 26 vs. Auburn
  • Nov. 2 – OPEN
  • Nov. 9 at Alabama
  • Nov. 16 at Ole Miss
  • Nov. 23 vs. Arkansas
  • Nov. 30 vs. Texas A&M

 

PREDICTION: Ed Orgeron has done a fantastic job at LSU since taking over in 2016. Their schedule isn’t horrible, but it does feature tough games against A&M, Alabama and Auburn that could potentially cause them to miss out on winning 10 games. I think they miss the mark by one game, finishing the season at 9-3.

 

        OLE MISS

  • Aug. 31 at Memphis
  • Sept. 7 vs. Arkansas
  • Sept. 14 vs. Southeastern Louisiana
  • Sept. 21 vs. Cal
  • Sept. 28 at Alabama
  • Oct. 5 vs. Vanderbilt
  • Oct 12. at Missouri
  • Oct. 19 vs. Texas A&M
  • Oct. 26 – OPEN
  • Nov. 2 at Auburn
  • Nov. 9 vs. New Mexico State
  • Nov. 16 vs. LSU
  • Nov. 23 – OPEN
  • Nov. 28 at Mississippi State

 

PREDICTION: Ole Miss schedule isn’t an easy one, with the team having to travel to Alabama, Missouri, Auburn and Mississippi State to play them. Road games are tiring and wear down the players, and unfortunately it will have a profound effect on the Ole Miss team. I believe they will have a similar year as they did in 2017 and finish 7-5.

 

2019 SEC Schedule Release

        MISSISSIPPI STATE

  • Aug. 31 vs. Louisiana
  • Sept. 7 vs. Southern Miss
  • Sept. 14 vs. Kansas State
  • Sept. 21 vs. Kentucky
  • Sept. 28 at Auburn
  • Oct. 5 – OPEN
  • Oct. 12 at Tennessee
  • Oct. 19 vs. LSU
  • Oct. 26 at Texas A&M
  • Nov. 2 at Arkansas
  • Nov. 9 – OPEN
  • Nov. 16 vs. Alabama
  • Nov. 23 vs. Abilene Christian
  • Nov. 28 vs. Ole Miss

 

PREDICTION: Mississippi State gets a very favorable schedule to open the season, as they open against four teams that are less talented than they are and they should win all four games. They run into a tough stretch against LSU, A&M and Bama, but I believe they will have a really good season and finish up at 8-4.

 

       MISSOURI

  • Aug. 31 at Wyoming
  • Sept. 7 vs. West Virginia
  • Sept. 14 vs. Southeastern Missouri State
  • Sept. 21 vs. South Carolina
  • Sept. 28 – OPEN
  • Oct. 5 vs. Troy
  • Oct. 12 vs. Ole Miss
  • Oct. 19 at Vanderbilt
  • Oct. 26 at Kentucky
  • Nov. 2 – OPEN
  • Nov. 9 at Georgia
  • Nov. 16 vs. Florida
  • Nov. 23 vs. Tennessee
  • Nov. 30 at Arkansas

 

PREDICTION: I have mixed feelings about Missouri and their schedule, as they have a mix of easy games (Southeastern Missouri State and Troy) but also extremely tough games (Florida and Georgia) so I’m going to go even here and say that they will finish 6-6. They haven’t impressed me enough to believe that they can compete with the big boys.

 

      SOUTH CAROLINA

  • Aug. 31 vs. North Carolina
  • Sept. 7 vs. Charleston South
  • Sept. 14 vs. Alabama
  • Sept. 21 at Missouri
  • Sept. 28 vs. Kentucky
  • Oct. 5 – OPEN
  • Oct. 12 at Georgia
  • Oct. 19 vs. Florida
  • Oct. 26 at Tennessee
  • Nov. 2 vs. Vanderbilt
  • Nov. 9 vs. Appalachian State
  • Nov. 16 at Texas A&M
  • Nov. 23 – OPEN
  • Nov. 30 vs. Clemson

 

PREDICTION: Will Muschamp’s crew hasn’t impressed me thus far in 2018, but a solid recruiting class could change that whole narrative for 2019. As of right now, I see South Carolina finishing at 5-7 with the opportunity to finish 6-6 if they can squeak out a big win against a good program. Otherwise, they don’t seem like anything special to me.

2019 SEC Schedule Release

       TENNESSEE

  • Aug. 31 vs. Georgia State
  • Sept. 7 vs. BYU
  • Sept. 14 vs. UT-Chattanooga
  • Sept. 21 at Florida
  • Sept. 28 – OPEN
  • Oct. 5 vs. Georgia
  • Oct. 12 vs. Mississippi State
  • Oct. 19 at Alabama
  • Oct. 26 vs. South Carolina
  • Nov. 2 vs. UAB
  • Nov. 9 at Kentucky
  • Nov. 16 – OPEN
  • Nov. 23 at Missouri
  • Nov. 30 vs. Vanderbilt

 

PREDICTION: Tennessee is looking to rebound after a lackluster 4-8 season in 2017, and with a good start to the 2018 season, I see them continuing to improve this season into next. With this schedule and with a decent recruiting class, I believe the Vols will finish at 7-5 next season.

 

        TEXAS A&M

  • Aug. 31 vs. Texas State
  • Sept. 7 at Clemson
  • Sept. 14 vs. Lamar
  • Sept. 21 vs. Auburn
  • Sept. 28 vs. Arkansas
  • Oct. 5 – OPEN
  • Oct. 12 vs. Alabama
  • Oct. 19 at Ole Miss
  • Oct. 26 vs. Mississippi State
  • Nov. 2 vs. UT-San Antonio
  • Nov. 9 – OPEN
  • Nov. 16 vs. South Carolina
  • Nov. 23 at Georgia
  • Nov. 30 at LSU

 

PREDICTION: Much like Missouri, I have mixed feelings when I see A&M and their schedule. They have cupcake opponents in Texas State and Lamar, but they also have Alabama at home and two road games against Georgia and LSU. I think Texas A&M has a below average season next season, finishing at 6-6.

 

2019 SEC Schedule Release

 

         VANDERBILT

  • Aug. 31 vs. Georgia
  • Sept. 7 at Purdue
  • Sept. 14 – OPEN
  • Sept. 21 vs. LSU
  • Sept. 28 vs. Northern Illinois
  • Oct. 5 at Ole Miss
  • Oct. 12 vs. UNLV
  • Oct. 19 vs. Missouri
  • Oct. 26 – OPEN
  • Nov. 2 at South Carolina
  • Nov. 9 at Florida
  • Nov. 16 vs. Kentucky
  • Nov. 23 vs. East Tennessee State
  • Nov. 30 at Tennessee

 

PREDICTION: Vanderbilt has a tough schedule heading into next season. They have shown that they are a tough opponent but have failed recently to win much in their conference. Because of that, I see them going 5-7.

 

Thank you for taking time to check out my predictions! Do you agree with what I had to say? Leave a comment below to let me know what teams you think will fare well and who will absolutely blow it next year

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