Three-headed monsters


As each coach steps to the podium at SEC Media Days, the schedule for his team is flashed up on a big screen. And it dawned on me that for almost every one of these teams there will be a three-game stretch that will say a lot about whether they will have a chance to win their respective divisions.

So here they are:

Alabama: at Arkansas, Florida, at South Carolina. Sept. 25-Oct. 9. If the Tide wins these three, they probably take the West.

Arkansas: At Auburn, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt. Oct. 16-30. Arkansas may be a contender, and we’ll know after this stretch. OK, Vandy is a reach.

Auburn: Arkansas, LSU, at Ole Miss. Huge stretch for the Tigers in the West.

LSU: The Tigers don’t play three SEC games in a row believe it or not.

Mississippi State: Auburn, at LSU, Georgia. Can Dan Mullen make the Bulldogs relevant?

Ole Miss: at Alabama, at Arkansas, Auburn. Oct. 16-30. Road games key for the Rebels.

Florida: at Alabama, LSU, Mississippi State. Oct. 2-16. The first two will say a lot about this season.

Georgia: at South Carolina, Arkansas, at Mississippi State. Sept. 11-25. We’ll find out early what Aaron Murray is about.

Kentucky: at Florida, at Ole Miss, Auburn. Sept. 25-Oct. 9. Early indication of the Wildcat fortunes.

South Carolina: Tennessee, Arkansas, at Florida. Oct. 30-Nov. 13. If Gamecocks survive early part of season, this will be big.

Tennessee: at LSU, at Georgia, Alabama. Oct. 2-23. Derek Dooley’s baptism of fire.

Vanderbilt: at Georgia, South Carolina, at Arkansas. Oct. 16-30. May not be a win in this stretch for Commodores.


  1. The Ole Miss and Vandy games are only big for Arky if you assume Arky will be mediocre this year as they usually have been, but most believe they will be good.
    I’d say they have a twosome of games Sept. 18 and 25, back to back at GA and home vs. Bama, that will define their season.