Peeking at the 2012 SEC schedule

The SEC doesn’t plan on releasing the 2012 schedule until sometime after Christmas, but parts of it are already starting to leak out.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive has said that next season’s schedule will be a one-year deal and that beginning in 2013 a new long-term rotation will be put into place.

One of the things to look for next season is Missouri and Texas A&M both getting some marquee games at home with it being their first year in the league.

For instance, Florida is scheduled to travel to Texas A&M the second week of the season, which would be the Aggies’ first SEC game.

Likewise, Georgia is scheduled to visit Missouri early in September.

Some of the other things to watch for, and all of this is tentative, is South Carolina opening the season at Vanderbilt on a Thursday night.

Also, the Georgia-South Carolina game is moving to October. It’s always been played the second week of the season in the past.

Alabama is slated to play both Missouri and Texas A&M, while Tennessee will play Missouri at home in November.

One of the developments with the 2012 schedule that’s sure to receive plenty of debate is Alabama coming off Georgia’s schedule.

Originally, Georgia was supposed to travel to Alabama next season. Now, it looks like that’s not going to happen and that Georgia’s two Western Division opponents will be Auburn and Ole Miss.

That means Georgia would avoid Alabama, Arkansas and LSU for a second straight season.

In addition to Texas A&M, Florida’s other Western Division foe will remain LSU.

Ole Miss’ game with Vanderbilt will move to later in the season. What’s more, the Rebels are scheduled to play both Texas and Texas A&M at home in 2012.

South Carolina, meanwhile, will get Arkansas and LSU as its two Western opponents next season.

Tennessee’s two Western opponents will be Mississippi State on the road and Alabama at home.