Scouting the November schedules

They remember what you do in November, which means it might be a good time to see who in the SEC has the toughest and easiest schedules the rest of the way:


1. Alabama: The Crimson Tide already had one killer three-game stretch they couldn’t make it through earlier this season, losing at South Carolina in the third game. They’re still in the BCS national championship hunt, though, and will have earned it if they can navigate their way up the BCS standings into one of those top two spots. Three games remain against Top 20 teams -- at No. 10 LSU this Saturday, home against No. 20 Mississippi State on Nov. 13 and home against No. 2 Auburn on Nov. 26. There’s also the Georgia State game, which will be played on a Thursday night (Nov. 18).

2. Arkansas: The Hogs would like to finish this season out on a high note and have 10 wins prior to the bowl selections. To do that, they’re going to have to beat No. 19 South Carolina on the road, No. 20 Mississippi State on the road and No. 10 LSU in Little Rock in the regular-season finale. The Hogs also face UTEP at home in between the South Carolina and Mississippi State trips.

3. South Carolina: The Gamecocks are two wins away from going to their first SEC championship game. To get there, they have to get through No. 18 Arkansas at home this Saturday and then Florida in the Swamp the next weekend, a place they've never won. Technically, South Carolina could lose to Arkansas and beat Florida and still win the East. The Gamecocks also get a Troy team that’s leading the Sun Belt Conference and then end the season by traveling to arch-rival Clemson.


1. Kentucky: The Wildcats need to get busy if they’re going to extend their bowl streak to five straight years. The good thing is they have the remaining schedule to do it. They get Charleston Southern at home this weekend, face Vanderbilt at home the following weekend and then have a bye before traveling to Tennessee to end the regular season. Kentucky has lost 25 consecutive games to Tennessee. If the Wildcats are ever going to end that drought, this might be the year to do it.

2. Tennessee: The Vols need to win all four games in November to be bowl eligible. With the softest part of what’s been a grueling schedule coming up, they might be able to pull it off. They play at Memphis this Saturday, get Ole Miss at home Nov. 13, travel to Vanderbilt on Nov. 20 and come back home to face Kentucky on Nov. 27. Memphis is one of the weakest teams in the country, and Tennessee is a combined 39-2 against Kentucky, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt since the league split into divisions in 1992.

3. Vanderbilt: Here’s Robbie Caldwell’s chance to make his case for a second season as Vanderbilt’s head coach. Three of the Commodores’ final four games are at home. The Florida game this Saturday will be difficult, especially with the Gators still alive in the East race. But then comes a trip to Kentucky, a home game with Tennessee and home game with Wake Forest. If the Commodore can go 2-2 in that stretch, they’ll finish with twice as many wins (4) as they did a year ago.