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As always, shame on the same teams.

1. Florida

Sept. 2 vs. Michigan (in Arlington, Texas)

Sept. 9 vs. Northern Colorado

Nov. 18 vs. UAB

Nov. 25 vs. Florida State





Now this is a non-conference schedule: Not just two Power Five teams, but two Power Five teams that played in last yearís Orange Bowl. Well done, Gators.


2. Georgia

Sept. 2 vs. Appalachian State

Sept. 9 at Notre Dame

Sept. 16 vs. Samford

Nov. 25 at Georgia Tech



Not bad, Dawgs. Two challenging Power Five road environments, along with an opener against a Sun Belt team that is 21-5 over the past two seasons. Not bad at all.


3. South Carolina

Sept. 2 vs. NC State (in Charlotte, N.C.)

Sept. 23 vs. Louisiana Tech

Nov. 18 vs. Wofford

Nov. 25 vs. Clemson

4. Alabama

Sept. 2 vs. Florida State (in Atlanta)

Sept. 9 vs. Fresno State

Sept. 16 vs. Colorado State

Nov. 18 vs. Mercer



The opener with the Seminoles is arguably the most anticipated non-conference game in the sport in years. These could be the preseason Nos. 1 and 2 teams, meeting in Week 1. But there is not much else of substance here.


5. Auburn

Sept. 2 vs. Georgia Southern

Sept. 9 at Clemson

Sept. 16 vs. Mercer

Nov. 18 vs. ULM



Auburn and Clemson is always fun. Georgia Southern ainít too shabby, either.


6. Vanderbilt

Sept. 2 at Middle Tennessee

Sept. 9 vs. Alabama A&M

Sept. 16 vs. Kansas State

Nov. 4 vs. Western Kentucky

Vanderbilt is up at No. 6 ahead of some other comparable SEC teams because of the strength of schedule relative to expectations. A Week 1 road trip, a home tilt with an always-good KSU team and a November tilt with a Western Kentucky team thatís gone 23-5 the past two years is challenging for the Commodores.


7. Texas A&M

Sept. 3 at UCLA

Sept. 9 vs. Nicholls State

Sept. 16 vs. UL Lafayette

Nov. 11 vs. New Mexico



Last yearís opener with the Bruins in College Station went to OT. This one, on a Sunday night, takes place at the Rose Bowl, lending some punch to an otherwise-meh non-conference slate.


8. Arkansas

Sept. 2 vs. Florida A&M (in Little Rock)

Sept. 9 vs. TCU

Sept. 30 vs. New Mexico State

Nov. 4 vs. Coastal Carolina



A three-hour trip to Little Rock is as far as the Hogs will travel outside of SEC play. TCU at home is a stiff challenge, though.

9. Kentucky

Sept. 2 at Southern Miss

Sept. 9 vs. Eastern Kentucky

Sept. 30 vs. Eastern Michigan

Nov. 25 vs. Louisville



The Wildcats should be thankful for their season-ending rivalry game with Louisville, because thereís nothing else here of note.


10. Tennessee

Sept. 4 vs. Georgia Tech (in Atlanta)
Sept. 9 vs. Indiana State

Sept. 23 vs. UMass

Nov. 4 vs. Southern Miss



A Labor Day opener in the Yellow Jacketsí backyard is a nice cap to a great opening weekend in the sport, but thatís about it as far as the Volunteersí non-conference schedule is concerned.

11. LSU

Sept. 2 vs. BYU (in Houston)

Sept. 9 vs. Chattanooga

Sept. 23 vs. Syracuse

Sept. 30 vs. Troy



No road games. Syracuse as the lone Power Five opponent. There is that intriguing neutral-site opener with BYU, but the Tigers usually schedule better than this.


12. Mississippi State

Sept. 2 vs. Charleston Southern

Sept. 9 at Louisiana Tech

Oct. 14 vs. BYU

Nov. 4 vs. UMass



Hooray for a road game. And BYU at home. Still no Power Five games, though.

13. Ole Miss

Sept. 2 vs. South Alabama

Sept. 9 vs. UT Martin

Sept. 16 at Cal

Nov. 11 vs. UL Lafayette



Thereís that trip to Cal... and thatís it. Hopefully the Rebels have better luck in their opener with South Alabama than rival Mississippi State did last year, though.


14. Missouri

Sept. 2 vs. Missouri State

Sept. 16 vs. Purdue

Oct. 21 vs. Idaho

Oct. 28 at UConn



There is a Power Five team here, at least. Alas, itís Purdue, in the first year of a new regime.