SEC Football Schedule 2021: Dates, Matchups and Championship Game Details

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 27, 2021

Alabama head coach Nick Saban, front left, jogs onto the field with his team for their Rose Bowl NCAA college football game against Notre Dame in Arlington, Texas, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
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The Southeastern Conference announced Wednesday that its 2021 football schedule will begin Sept. 4 and run through to the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 4.  

Alabama won the 2020 conference title before completing an undefeated season (13-0) with playoff victories over Notre Dame and Ohio State to capture the program's 18th national championship.

FBSchedules.com @FBSchedules

2021 SEC Football Schedule https://t.co/NGghrbZ2hv

Here's a look at each school's SEC schedule for next season:



Alabama Football @AlabamaFTBL

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Arkansas Razorback Football @RazorbackFB

Our schedule for Year 2️⃣ under @CoachSamPittman looks like this... https://t.co/EUua1YPkaH https://t.co/GE9rvhVbgT



Auburn Football @AuburnFootball

Mark your calendars, #AuburnFamily! Our 2021 schedule is officially here.



Gators Football @GatorsFB

Mark those 📅 #GoGators🐊 https://t.co/QxKgCwNmg2



Georgia Football @GeorgiaFootball

The stage is set. We'll see you in September! #ATD #GoDawgs https://t.co/AnuTN9xJbU



Kentucky Football @UKFootball

Our 2021 schedule 🗓🔗 https://t.co/h4HNHEtKTy #BBN x #SECFB 😼 https://t.co/hvY4XgL4n0



LSU Football @LSUfootball

220 days until we open 2021 at the Rose Bowl 🔗https://t.co/IGuHIi7LKb https://t.co/Fnag0jnHJA


Mississippi State

Mississippi State Football @HailStateFB

The best group text ever 📱 ⤵️ 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗱𝘂𝗹𝗲 𝗥𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 #HailState🐶 https://t.co/95q3idFu6S



Mizzou Football @MizzouFootball

The 2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣1️⃣ Schedule ⤵️ 🗓️ https://t.co/PvEanBauqh 🎟️ https://t.co/zb7PXQFv9i #MIZ x #NewZou 🐯🏈 https://t.co/Q78UGKmoDD


Ole Miss

Ole Miss Football @OleMissFB

Our 2021 schedule is officially set‼️ 𝑫𝑬𝑻𝑨𝑰𝑳𝑺 ➡️ https://t.co/dTlAYlGqq0 https://t.co/8Ov2S7lBye


South Carolina

Gamecock Football @GamecockFB

To the people making it possible for us to play in 2021: Thank you. https://t.co/KpkqutLG0m



Tennessee Football @Vol_Football

🍊 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟏 𝐒𝐂𝐇𝐄𝐃𝐔𝐋𝐄 🍊 9.4 - vs BGSU 9.11 - vs PITT 9.18 - vs TNTC 9.25 - at UF 10.2 - at MIZ 10.9 - vs SCAR 10.16 - vs MISS 10.23 - at BAMA 11.6 - at UK 11.13 - vs UGA 11.20 - vs USA 11.27 - vs VAN #GBO https://t.co/Bw8Inqow9H


Texas A&M

Texas A&M Football @AggieFootball

HERE. IT. IS. 👀 Your 2021 Aggie Football schedule! #GigEm



Vanderbilt Football @VandyFootball

Building toward our new season. #AnchorDown https://t.co/vLCzTUbN8e


The Crimson Tide will likely head into the campaign as the championship favorite as Nick Saban and his coaching staff have once done a terrific job replacing the talent lost to the NFL, led by Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith and quarterback Mac Jones. Bama ranks first in 247Sports' recruiting rankings for 2021.

Alabama is going to face some stiff competition atop the SEC, though.

Georgia headlines to group of contenders hoping to knock the Tide off their throne, while LSU, Florida, Texas A&M and Auburn are also on pace to enter the campaign with realistic conference title aspirations.

In December, Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart said on the All Things Covered podcast (via Mike Griffith of DawgNation) they haven't gotten that breakthrough against Bama yet, but he's confident it's coming.

"Hey, we've had as good of a chance as anyone," Smart said. "We led them at the half this year, and then the other two times we didn't finish in the fourth. So we know we've got a good team, we know we've got a great opportunity, but eventually, it's going to happen."

LSU is one of the teams in recent years that's overcome the Crimson Tide with its perfect season in 2019, including a 46-41 over Alabama, en route to the national championship.

The Tigers took a step back in 2020 with a 5-5 record following the departure of Heisman winner Joe Burrow and other key contributors to the NFL, which showed just how difficult it is to stay in the championship conversation pretty much every year as the Tide have done under Saban.

So the main story remains much the same with the 2021 schedule now released: Alabama is the team to beat, but it's not unbeatable.