While we’re still a few months away from any on-field college football action, there’s still plenty to discuss. Let’s take a look at the non-conference slates for the SEC’s 14 teams this season.
The SEC still plays an eight-game schedule, which means that each team has four non-conference games. Most of the teams in the league play non-conference games early in the season or before a big rivalry game. Some actually have their big rivalry game with a team from a different conference.
Let’s take a look at each team’s non-con slate, starting with Georgia.
Georgia will take on Murray State on November 7 and Arkansas State on November 14 – both at home. The Bulldogs will also host Notre Dame on November 21. They’ll head to Georgia Tech to finish the season on November 30. They have two legit tough games.
Kentucky, which won 10 games a year ago, will host Toledo on August 31 and Eastern Michigan on November 7. The Wildcats get UT-Martin on November 23 and finish up with Louisville at home on November 30.
Florida will play its two big in-state rivals this year. The Gators will open against Miami in Orlando on August 24 before hosting UT-Martin on November 7. They’ll also host Towson on September 28. The final game of the season comes against Florida State on November 30.
South Carolina, which has probably the hardest schedule in the nation, will open its season against North Carolina on August 31. The Gamecocks will take on Charleston Southern a week later. They get Appalachian State on November 9, and finish their season up with Clemson on November 30.
Missouri’s four non-con games all come early. The Tigers will head to Wyoming on August 31 before hosting West Virginia and Southeast Missouri State the next two weeks. Their final non-SEC game comes against Troy on October 5.
Vanderbilt will head to Purdue on September 7. Three weeks later, the Commodores will host NIU. On October 12, they’ll take on UNLV. The program’s final non-con game comes against ETSU on November 23.
Tennessee probably has the easiest slate of the SEC East’s teams. The Vols get Georgia State, BYU and Chattanooga to start the season. They also get UAB on November 2.
Alabama’s non-con schedule will be criticized. The Crimson Tide open with Duke on August 31 before hosting New Mexico State on September 7. They also get Southern Miss on September 21 and Western Carolina on November 23.
Texas A&M has three winnable games and…Clemson. The Aggies start with Texas State on August 29 but then take on the defending national champion Tigers on September 7. They also take on Lamar on September 14 and UTSA on November 2.
LSU’s non-con slate will be played earlier. The Tigers start the season with Georgia State before heading to Texas on September 7. The Tigers also have Northwestern State on September 14 and Utah State on October 5.
Mississippi State will take on Louisiana and Southern Miss to start the season. They get Big 12 foe Kansas State on September 14 and Abilene Christian on November 23 to finish out the year.
Auburn will open its 2019 campaign with a tough game against Oregon. The Tigers then get Tulane and Kent State. The final non-con game comes against Sanford on November 23 – a week before the Iron Bowl.
Ole Miss heads to Memphis to start the season on August 31. The Rebels will play Southeast Louisiana on September 14 and California on September 21. Their last non-con game comes against New Mexico State on November 9.
Arkansas, the only winless team in SEC play last year, has one of the easier schedules. The Razorbacks open with Portland State on August 31 and later play Colorado State and San Jose State in mid-September. Their final non-con game comes against Western Kentucky in November 9.