I love these articles. I continually post the updates for the big SEC scheduling news. Earlier today, I posted the news of UGA vs. Clemson 2013 and 2014, and I continue to hear good rumors about an opponent for 2011 and 2012.
Now, let's look at others in the SEC. The Vols announced that this week a monster two game series with Oklahoma in 2014 and 2015. UT also announced a two year deal with UNC for 2011 and 2012.
Here are some other non-rival Out of Conference games of interest for SEC teams:
Alabama vs. Penn State - 2013/2014
Alabama vs. FSU - 2007 (pending TV contract resolution)
Auburn vs. Washington State - 2006
Arkansas vs. Southern Cal - 2005/2006
Georgia vs. Colorado - 2006/2010
Georgia vs. Arizona State - 2008/2009
Georgia vs. Clemson - 2013/2014
LSU vs. Arizona - 2006 (return date from 2003)
LSU vs. Arizona State - 2005/2008 (Plus 1 more unpending)
Ole Miss vs. Wake - 2006/2008
Ole Miss vs. GT - 2010/2011
MSU vs. West Virginia - 2006/2007
Tennessee vs. Cal - 2006/2007
Tennessee vs. UCLA - 2008/2009
Tennessee vs. NCSU - 2008/2012
Tennessee vs. UNC - 2011/2012
Tennessee vs. Oklahoma - 2014/2015
Source: NationalChamps.net and Fan Blogs (among others)
You may ask yourself. Why does UT schedule so aggressively? Part of the answer is..."Because they can!" They have great scheduling flexibility because the lack a non-conference rival. UGA, SC, and Florida have non-conference foes booked into their schedule which limits some of their scheduling flexibility. UT, LSU, Bama and Auburn have no such commitments.
The other part is "Because they have to." Filling a 110,000 seat stadium with contributing season ticket holders isn't easy. You need a compelling schedule to do that. Good for them. They schedule more aggressively than others.
I'm glad the Dawgs are stepping up too. It'll be interesting to see what we do with the 2007, 2011 and 2012 slots.
As for the Gators. Tell you guys what. If you can PROVE that you have a series with the Canes actually booked, then send me the link. I'm sick of getting hate mail and comments that I have to delete from Gator fans boasting of a series with the Gators in either '07, 08, 09, 13, or whatever. Produce a dang link, and I'll gladly list it. Until then I'm assuming that you guys are ducking the Canes again, and your series is scheduled for Nevuary.