Earlier, we offered up the SEC road schedules for the East and ranked them from easiest to most difficult. It’s even more of a war in the West even with three brand new football coaches in their first years at the school.
Here’s how we see the West SEC road schedules, starting with the easiest:
1. Alabama: Usually, just having a road game at LSU would make this one of the hardest, but does anybody feel that way this year? The other road games are at Ole Miss, at Arkansas and at Tennessee. The really big games will be at home for the Tide, especially Auburn.
2. Arkansas: With a neutral site game against Texas A&M, the Razorbacks have the luxury of only facing three true road tests. They won’t be easy at Auburn, at Mississippi State and at Missouri, the last two to finish the season. They also have a game in Little Rock against Ole Miss.
3. Ole Miss: It’s not going to be easy for coach Matt Luke in conference road games going to LSU, Arkansas, Texas A&M and, well, Vanderbilt. But it’s not as bad as it could be.
4. Texas A&M: The Aggies also only have to go on the road three times in conference play. But they are doozies. At Alabama, at South Carolina and at Auburn.
5. Auburn: The Tigers will defend their West title, but they will have to earn it. They go to Mississippi State and Ole Miss early and Georgia and Alabama during a brutal November.
6. LSU: If Ed Orgeron is going to save his job, he’ll probably have to win some tough road games. LSU travels to Auburn, Florida, Arkansas and Texas A&M.
7. Mississippi State: There are a lot of big games in Starkville this season, but on the road the Bulldogs will have to deal with Kentucky, LSU, Alabama and Ole Miss.
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