We’re talking true road games.
Not neutral site games. Not games played in the vicinity of somebody’s campus.
We’re talking games played in the other guy’s ball park and all that comes with.
How teams survive those 4-5 games is usually a big indicator of how they going to fare in the Southeastern Conference.
So we wrote down everybody’s true road schedule and ranked them 1-14 based on degree of difficulty. Opinions differ and that’s fine. Let me know where you think I'm wrong.
Note that five teams in the SEC (Mississippi State, South Carolina, Missouri, Kentucky, and Vanderbilt) are playing five road games instead of four because of a non-conference game on the road. That was certainly taken into consideration in the rankings. The neutral site games in September (Alabama-Louisville in Orlando, etc.) were not a factor in our rankings.
Again note that conference games played on a neutral site (Georgia-Florida in Jacksonville, Arkansas-Texas A&M at Arlington) were also not considered in the road rankings.
Here you go. The number of true road games is in parentheses:
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1--AUBURN (4): at Mississippi State, at Ole Miss, at Georgia, at Alabama. Both Georgia (Nov. 10) and Alabama (Nov. 24) could be undefeated when Auburn visits in November.
2--TEXAS A&M (4): at Alabama, at South Carolina, at Mississippi State, at Auburn. These four road games come in a six-week stretch.
3--LSU (4): at Auburn, at Florida, at Arkansas, at Texas A&M. LSU playing at Florida for second straight year.
4--MISS. STATE (5): at Kansas State, at Kentucky, at LSU, at Alabama, at Ole Miss. Last three road games come in a five-week stretch.
5--TENNESSEE (4): at Georgia, at Auburn, at South Carolina, at Vanderbilt. Georgia (Sept. 29), Auburn (Oct. 13), and South Carolina (Oct. 27) come in a four-week stretch.
6--SOUTH CAROLINA (5): at Vanderbilt, at Kentucky, at Ole Miss, at Florida, at Clemson. Back-to-back road trips to Ole Miss (Nov. 3) and Florida (Nov. 10). Clemson could be No. 1 or No. 2 on Nov. 24.
7--MISSOURI (5): at Purdue, at South Carolina, at Alabama, at Florida, at Tennessee. Back-to-back road trips to South Carolina (Oct. 6) and Alabama (Oct. 13).
8--FLORIDA (4): at Tennessee, at Miss. State, at Vanderbilt, at Florida State. Tennessee (Sept. 22) and Mississippi State (Sept. 29) on consecutive weeks.
9--KENTUCKY (5): at Florida, at Texas A&M, at Missouri, at Tennessee, at Louisville. No back-to-back road trips.
10--VANDERBILT (5): at Notre Dame, at Georgia, at Kentucky, at Arkansas, at Missouri. Only possible win I see here is at Arkansas.
11-ARKANSAS (4): at Colorado State, at Auburn, at Mississippi State, at Missouri. Could be a long year for the Hogs.
12--ALABAMA (4): at Ole Miss, at Arkansas, at Tennessee, at LSU. Alabama will be favored by double digits in all four.
13--GEORGIA (4): at South Carolina, at Missouri, at LSU, at Kentucky. South Carolina on Sept. 8 is the dangerous game for the Dawgs.
14--OLE MISS (4): at LSU, at Arkansas, at Texas A&M, at Vanderbilt. Hard to see the Rebels doing better than 2-2.