SEC Football Schedule 2012: Premier Conference Releases Division Schedule

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistDecember 28, 2011

COLLEGE STATION, TX - SEPTEMBER 26:  A detail view of the Southeastern Conference logo with all 13 member universities is seen during a press conference for the Texas A&M Aggies accepting an invitation to join the Southeastern Conference on September 26, 2011 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher/Getty Images)
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After numerous delays and increased fan expectations, the SEC has finally unveiled its football schedule for the 2012 season. There is going to be a different look to America's premiere college football conference with the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M, which should make things more interesting. 

As is always the case with this conference, there are marquee games week after week that you need to go out of your way to see. What we are going to do is highlight the best of the best during the regular season, and give you other important dates in the SEC for the 2012 season.. 

Here are the three best matchups:

Alabama at Arkansas—September 15

Arkansas' two losses this season came courtesy of Alabama and LSU. They will get their chance for revenge early in 2012 when they host the Crimson Tide. 

If Trent Richardson decides to go to the NFL, the Alabama offense will have an entirely different look with T.J. McCarron leading the charge. 

The Razorbacks have one of the most potent offenses in the SEC, but they have work to do on defense if they want to compete with the big boys. We will find out how close they are to competing for a conference championship in this game. 

LSU Tigers at Florida Gators—October 6

Will Muschamp will enter his second season as head coach of the Florida Gators, and he has to show results against SEC competition. He is going to bring in another terrific recruiting class, the players he brought in last year will have one year in his system, so they should start showing improvement in 2012. 

Their first big test in SEC play will come against an LSU team that could be even better than the one we saw in 2011. The defense is going to return almost all of its key contributors—including Tyrann Mathieu—but the difference could come on the offensive side of the ball with five-star quarterback Gunner Kiel. 

Alabama Crimson Tide at LSU Tigers—November 3

It might be boring to the rest of the country, but SEC fans know that when Alabama and LSU square off, it is going to be a heavyweight battle. 

These are two of the best and most successful programs in the country. They always get the best recruits and challenge for BCS championships every year. 

November 3, 2012, is going to be the biggest game of the SEC regular season. It doesn't matter that it will be the third time they have played in 12 months, because we know that it is going to be something special. 

Missouri's First SEC Game—vs. Georgia on September 8

Those aren't the only games worth paying attention to. Missouri will make its presence felt in the SEC with a home game in early September.

This will be a good litmus test to see how ready the Tigers are for the SEC. Georgia is a solid team, but the Bulldogs sit in the second-tier of teams in the conference. 

If Georgia dominates them in this game, the Tigers might start to wonder what they got themselves into. 

SEC Championship Game—Saturday, Dec. 1 in Atlanta, Georgia

Hopefully, we can get a little more balance between the divisions in 2012, because the last two SEC championship games have been duds.

The West has been far superior to the East, but perhaps 2012 will be the year when a team like Florida, Georgia or South Carolina can make a big leap forward to compete with LSU, Alabama and Arkansas. 

2012 SEC Football Schedule (Courtesy of SEC Digital Network)

Aug. 30
South Carolina at Vanderbilt

Sept. 8
Auburn at Mississippi State
Florida at Texas A&M
Georgia at Missouri

Sept. 15
Alabama at Arkansas
Florida at Tennessee

Sept. 22
LSU at Auburn
Kentucky at Florida
Vanderbilt at Georgia
Missouri at South Carolina

Sept. 29
Ole Miss at Alabama
Arkansas vs. Texas A&M
Tennessee at Georgia
South Carolina at Kentucky

Oct. 6
Mississippi State at Kentucky
Arkansas at Auburn
LSU at Florida
Georgia at South Carolina
Texas A&M at Ole Miss
Vanderbilt at Missouri

Oct. 13
Alabama at Missouri
Kentucky at Arkansas
Auburn at Ole Miss
Florida at Vanderbilt
South Carolina at LSU
Tennessee at Mississippi State

Oct. 20
Alabama at Tennessee
Auburn at Vanderbilt
South Carolina at Florida
Georgia at Kentucky
LSU at Texas A&M

Oct. 27
Ole Miss at Arkansas
Texas A&M at Auburn
Florida vs. Georgia (Jacksonville)
Kentucky at Missouri
Tennessee at South Carolina
Mississippi State at Alabama

Nov. 3
Alabama at LSU
Missouri at Florida
Ole Miss at Georgia
Vanderbilt at Kentucky
Texas A&M at Mississippi State

Nov. 10
Texas A&M at Alabama
Arkansas at South Carolina
Georgia at Auburn
Mississippi State at LSU
Vanderbilt at Ole Miss
Missouri at Tennessee

Nov. 17
Arkansas at Mississippi State
Ole Miss at LSU
Tennessee at Vanderbilt

Nov. 24
Auburn at Alabama
LSU at Arkansas
Kentucky at Tennessee
Mississippi State at Ole Miss
Missouri at Texas A&M

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