Dooley: Best, worst SEC schedule scenario for Gators

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We don’t know the other two teams that Florida will allegedly be playing this season, when the games will be played and when any of it will be announced.

So even after we received a big answer Thursday, it still left a lot of questions.

What will be the ideal twosome for UF? And what would make you throw up your hands and scream about how the SEC hates the Gators?

So let’s go best-case, worst-case:

Best case

Florida is going to get Alabama. It seems inevitable. Both teams finished second in their divisions. It makes some geographic sense as well, although supposedly the league isn’t using geography to make these decisions. And I think Florida would welcome a game in Tuscaloosa when the stadium is far from full. The earlier in the season, the better.

So if it is going to be fair and balanced as we are being led to believe, the other team should be one that finished down in the standings. A game against Arkansas would be ideal, a homecoming for Feleipe Franks would be great fodder for sportswriters and TV would love it. 

If it is Alabama and Arkansas, just don’t confuse the two “A’s” because it is easy to do.

Worst case

There has been a lot of speculation that Florida could play the next two teams on the rotation, which would be Alabama and Texas A&M. This would hardly seem fair to load up the UF schedule with the Tide and Aggies on top of LSU and Georgia. Not only that, A&M is a team that is loaded with seniors and has a veteran quarterback in Kellen Mond. 

Yes, Florida would get A&M at home, but is there going to be a real home field advantage this year? The biggest issue for the Aggies would be travel, not crowd noise.

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  1. If SEC scheduling works out like it usually does for Georgia, they will drop Alabama and add Arkansas, Ole Miss, and Miss State.
    Since 2010, Georgia and Alabama have played one regular season game (2015 – Athens). Florida and Alabama have played three regular season games (2010, 2014 – Tuscaloosa; 2011 – Gainesville).
    Also since 2010, Georgia and Texas A&M have played one regular season game (2019 – Athens). Florida and Texas A&M have played twice (2012 – College Station; 2017 – Gainesville).
    In the SEC’s defense, it only makes sense to schedule the best match-ups with the premier universities.

  2. I’m rooting for Auburn and Alabama to be added. I miss the annual Auburn game. Went last year and it was awesome. I won’t fuss if it’s Arky/Bama though. Especially is Arky could come here. I’d love to be in the stands to cheer for Felipe when he walks out (just not during the game).

    • David: You certainly don’t shy away from the competition. With LSU and Georgia already on the schedule, then possibly adding Alabama and Auburn, how do you see the Gators’ W-L record to finish?