2018 SEC Football Schedule Released | Bonehead Picks

2018 SEC Football Schedule Released

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With only three weeks into the 2017 SEC Football season, the 2018 schedule has already been released as of yesterday which contains the usual arch rivalry matchups, but mostly the majority is covered with key neutral site matchups which has now become traditional. The normal non-conference matchups like Florida-FSU and Georgia-Georgia Tech remains where they are at the end of the regular season. Here are the intriguing and rare matchups to look forward to to start 2018.

  • Alabama vs Louisville (Orlando): This is only the fourth matchup ever between the Crimson Tide and the Cardinals and unless Nick Saban decides to retire after this season due to some freak of nature, it will be the first time he will face Bobby Petrino since 2011 while he was still the head coach at Arkansas. Alabama leads the all-time series 2-1, but the last time they play was the Fiesta Bowl where they were embarrassed by Howard Schnellenburger 34-7. The Alabama head coach at the time? Gene Stallings.
  • Auburn vs Washington (Atlanta): This is the first ever matchup between the Tigers and Huskies, and as far as we know, Gus Malzahn should be able to survive another season being 2-1 in 2017. The last time Washington faced an SEC team was in last season’s CFB Playoff semifinal against Alabama losing 24-7. The Huskies are 7-7 all time against the SEC, while Auburn is 8-6 against the PAC-12. The last PAC-12 team they faced was Washington State in 2013, winning 24-7.
  • Tennessee vs West Virginia (Charlotte): Another first time matchup, this time between the SEC and the Big XII which is very common even in the regular season. Again if Butch Jones is able to live up to his usual hype after 2017, it will only be the second time since becoming Tennessee head coach that he will face a Big XII team. The only Big XII he faced was Oklahoma at home losing 31-24 in 2015. The Mountaineers are 31-18 against the SEC, the last team faced was Missouri winning 26-11 in 2016.

Other neutral site matchups include LSU vs Miami face Mark Richt in Arlington for the first time since leaving Georgia and Ole Miss against Texas Tech in Houston, but no one will know their full fate from the NCAA until further notice.

Other new and rare SEC non-conference matchups for 2018:

Arkansas @ Colorado State (4th matchup)

Mississippi State @ Kansas State (3rd matchup)

Missouri @ Purdue (10th matchup)

Clemson @ Texas A&M (5th matchup)

Vanderbilt @ Notre Dame (3rd matchup)

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