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SEC rolls out 2012 football schedules

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Missouri and Texas A&M will play their first Southeastern Conference games at home on Sept. 8, and Alabama will visit LSU in a rematch of the Bowl Championship Series national championship on Nov. 3.

The SEC released its first 14-team schedule on Wednesday with new members Missouri and Texas A&M as part of the conference.

Missouri will play the 2012 season in the SEC East and hosts Georgia on Sept. 8. Texas A&M will be in the West and hosts Florida. The first conference game will be Aug. 30 when South Carolina visits Vanderbilt.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive praised the league’s transition team and athletic directors for handling what he called “significant logistical challenges” in putting together the schedule released Wednesday.

Teams will still play eight conference games, with six against divisional foes and two against the other division. The SEC championship game will be Dec. 1 in Atlanta.

Athletic directors will meet in the spring to decide the formula for future schedules.

David Williams, Vanderbilt’s vice chancellor in charge of athletics, said adding Texas A&M and Missouri made it challenging to put together an eight-game conference schedule.

Georgia’s 2012 schedule includes visit to Missouri

ATHENS — Georgia’s 2012 schedule includes an early visit to new Southeastern Conference member Missouri.

The Bulldogs will be the first SEC team to visit Missouri, their new Eastern Division rival, according to the schedule released on Wednesday.

After opening its season at home against Buffalo on Sept. 1, Georgia will visit Missouri on Sept. 8.

For the first time since 2007, Georgia’s schedule for next season includes seven home games. The home schedule also includes games against Florida Atlantic, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech.

The Bulldogs’ SEC road schedule includes games at South Carolina, Kentucky and Auburn and the annual neutral-site game in Jacksonville, Fla., against Florida.

Georgia will be off on Oct. 13, between the road games at South Carolina and Kentucky.

“Fans should keep in mind that this league schedule is only for the 2012 season ...,” Williams said in a statement. There remain plenty of kinks to work out for 2012, though.

Texas A&M is under a 10-year contract to play Arkansas in Dallas, and Razorbacks coach Bobby Petrino said recently the Aggies want a home-and-home series now that both teams are in the SEC.

Texas A&M will be the home team for the Sept. 29 game for which the site has yet to be decided. It will be the first league game between these teams since 1991 when both were in the Southwest Conference.

Arkansas released an 11-game schedule with the Razorbacks busy trying to line up a final non-conference opponent. Texas A&M’s current schedule has 10 opponents listed. Missouri has three non-conference games to be decided, while Auburn has its non-conference opponents lined up, including Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic with dates yet to be set.

“Unfortunately, there are still several issues to be resolved in our 2012 football schedule, but we wanted to get as much information to our fans as possible so they may begin planning for next season,” Arkansas athletics director Jeff Long said in a statement. “We are pleased to have at least seven home games and possibly eight as part of a very competitive 2012 football schedule.”

Texas A&M’s entry into the SEC will be challenging. The Aggies not only kick off the SEC season against Florida, they still play Arkansas while hosting LSU and Missouri and visit Auburn, Mississippi State and Alabama on Nov. 10.

Missouri visits South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee and Texas A&M, and hosts Vanderbilt, Alabama on Oct. 13 and Kentucky.

LSU will visit Auburn on Sept. 22 to kick off its SEC schedule before visiting Florida.

Alabama not only hits the SEC road to visit LSU but opens conference play at Arkansas on Sept. 15. Alabama visits Missouri and Tennessee in addition to LSU.

Georgia, the SEC East champ, didn’t play either LSU or Alabama in 2011, and the new SEC schedule has the Bulldogs missing both of the BCS teams in 2012. The Bulldogs play Mississippi and Auburn out of the West.


Georgia

Sept. 1: Buffalo

Sept. 8: at Missouri

Sept. 15: Florida Atlantic

Sept. 22: Vanderbilt

Sept. 29: Tennessee

Oct. 6: at South Carolina

Oct. 20: at Kentucky

Oct. 27: vs. Florida

Nov. 3: Mississippi

Nov. 10: at Auburn

Nov. 17: Georgia Southern

Nov. 24: Georgia Tech

Alabama

Sept. 1: vs Michigan

Sept. 8: W. Kentucky

Sept. 15: at Arkansas

Sept. 22: Florida Atlantic

Sept. 29: Mississippi

Oct. 13: at Missouri

Oct. 20: at Tennessee

Oct. 27: Mississippi State

Nov. 3: at LSU

Nov. 10: Texas A&M

Nov. 17: W. Carolina

Nov. 24: Auburn

Arkansas

Sept. 1: Jacksonville St.

Sept. 8: Louisiana-Monroe

Sept. 15: Alabama

Sept. 22: tbd

Sept. 29: vs. Texas A&M

Oct. 6: at Auburn

Oct. 13: Kentucky

Oct. 20: tbd

Oct. 27: Mississippi

Nov. 3: Tulsa

Nov. 10: at South Carolina

Nov. 17: at Mississippi St.

Nov. 24: LSU

Auburn

Sept. 8: at Mississippi St.

Sept. 22: LSU

Oct. 6: Arkansas

Oct. 13: at Mississippi

Oct. 20: at Vanderbilt

Oct. 27: Texas A&M

Nov. 10: Georgia

Nov. 24: at Alabama

non-conference: Clemson, ULM, New Mexico State, Alabama A&M, tbd

Florida

Sept. 1: Bowling Green

Sept. 8: at Texas A&M

Sept. 15: at Tennessee

Sept. 22: Kentucky

Oct. 6: LSU

Oct. 13: at Vanderbilt

Oct. 20: South Carolina

Oct. 27: vs. Georgia

Nov. 3: Missouri

Nov. 10: La.-Lafayette

Nov. 17: Jacksonville St.

Nov. 24: at Florida St.

Kentucky

Sept. 1: at Louisville

Sept. 8: Kent St.

Sept. 15: W. Kentucky

Sept. 22: at Florida

Sept. 29: South Carolina

Oct. 6: Mississippi St.

Oct. 13: at Arkansas

Oct. 20: Georgia

Oct. 27: at Missouri

Nov. 3: Vanderbilt

Nov. 17: Samford

Nov. 24: at Tennessee

LSU

Sept. 1: North Texas

Sept. 8: Washington

Sept. 15: Idaho

Sept. 22: at Auburn

Sept. 29: Towson

Oct. 6: at Florida

Oct. 13: South Carolina

Oct. 20: at Texas A&M

Nov. 3: Alabama

Nov. 10: Mississippi St.

Nov. 17: Mississippi

Nov. 24: at Arkansas

Mississippi

Sept. 1: Central Arkansas

Sept. 8: UTEP

Sept. 15: Texas

Sept. 22: at Tulane

Sept. 29: at Alabama

Oct. 6: Texas A&M

Oct. 13: Auburn

Oct. 27: at Arkansas

Nov. 3: at Georgia

Nov. 10: Vanderbilt

Nov. 17: at LSU

Nov. 24: Mississippi St.

Mississippi State

Sept. 1: Jackson St.

Sept. 8: Auburn

Sept. 15: at Troy

Sept. 22: South Alabama

Oct. 6: at Kentucky

Oct. 13: Tennessee

Oct. 20: Middle Tennessee

Oct. 27: at Alabama

Nov. 3: Texas A&M

Nov. 10: at LSU

Nov. 17: Arkansas

Nov. 24: at Mississippi

Missouri

Sept. 1: open date or non-conference opponent

Sept. 8: Georgia

Sept. 15: Arizona St.

Sept. 22: at South Carolina

Sept. 29: open date or non-conference opponent

Oct. 6: Vanderbilt

Oct. 13: Alabama

Oct. 20: open date or non-conference opponent

Oct. 27: Kentucky

Nov. 3: at Florida

Nov. 10: at Tennessee

Nov. 17: open date or non-conference opponent

Nov. 24: at Texas A&M

South Carolina

Aug. 30: at Vanderbilt

Sept. 8: East Carolina

Sept. 15: UAB

Sept. 22: Missouri

Sept. 29: at Kentucky

Oct. 6: Georgia

Oct. 13: at LSU

Oct. 20: at Florida

Oct. 27: Tennessee

Nov. 10: Arkansas

Nov. 17: Wofford

Nov. 24: Clemson

Tennessee

Sept. 1: N.C. State

Sept. 8: Georgia St.

Sept. 15: Florida

Sept. 22: Akron

Sept. 29: at Georgia

Oct. 13: at Mississippi St.

Oct. 20: Alabama

Oct. 27: at South Carolina

Nov. 3: Troy

Nov. 10: Missouri

Nov. 17: at Vanderbilt

Nov. 24: Kentucky

Texas A&M

Sept. 1: McNeese St.

Sept. 8: Florida

Sept. 15: SMU in Dallas

Sept. 22: open date or non-conference opponent

Sept. 29: vs. Arkansas

Oct. 6: at Mississippi

Oct. 13: open date or non-conference opponent

Oct. 20: LSU

Oct. 27: at Auburn

Nov. 3: at Mississippi St.

Nov. 10: at Alabama

Nov. 17: open date or non-conference opponent

Nov. 24: Missouri

Vanderbilt

Aug. 30: South Carolina

Sept. 8: at Northwestern

Sept. 15: Presbyterian

Sept. 22: at Georgia

Oct. 6: at Missouri

Oct. 13: Florida

Oct. 20: Auburn

Oct. 27: UMass

Nov. 3: at Kentucky

Nov. 10: Mississippi

Nov. 17: Tennessee

Nov. 24: at Wake Forest

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