SEC division championships are often celebrated at home.
But there is nothing like celebrating them on the road, posing in front of the stadium scoreboard and knowing you are headed to Atlanta.
After all, it’s on the road where the titles are won.
How a team fares away from home has a lot to do with who wins the division. Today, we rank the away SEC schedules for the East, from easiest to the most difficult.
- Florida: Look, there are no easy schedules in this conference, but Florida has the benefit of playing only three true road games and they aren’t overwhelming. They are at rebuilding Tennessee, at lowly Vanderbilt and at Mississippi State. There’s no question the latter will be the toughest of the games, but it is certainly manageable. The biggest games are either at home or the annual clambake in Jacksonville.
- South Carolina: One reason the Gamecocks are a darkhorse pick to win the division is because it’s not that bad away from home. South Carolina travels to Vanderbilt and Kentucky, then Ole Miss and finally to Gainesville. If Georgia slips, that final SEC road game could be as big as it was in 2010 when Steve Spurrier won the East at Florida Field.
- Vanderbilt: The Commodores have to play at Georgia early, then get Kentucky, Arkansas and Missouri on the road. By the latter part of the season, they might already be out of it, but it’s not that bad.
- Kentucky: The Wildcats travel to Gainesville the second week of the season and they haven’t won there since 1979, the year Florida went 0-10-1. So they are due, right? They also have to go to Texas A&M, Missouri and Tennessee. The last one may seem like a road breather.
- Georgia: The Bulldogs are the favorites to win the East, but every other year they have four true road games and the one in Jacksonville. This year, they go to South Carolina early as well as Missouri and LSU before finishing up SEC road trips at Kentucky.
- Tennessee: Nice schedule Jeremy Pruitt was handed. The Vols play at Georgia, at Auburn (do we need to go on?) and then at South Carolina before the pseudo home game at Vanderbilt.
- Missouri: The Tigers were hot at the end of the year in 2017, but it’s going to be rough on the road. They travel to South Carolina, Alabama and Florida and figure to be underdogs in all three games. The last road game is at Tennessee.