Butch Jones’ young Tennessee players better grow up before next season.
The Volunteers’ schedule doesn’t get any easier with a four-game stretch beginning Sept. 26 that includes games at Florida, vs. Arkansas, vs. Georgia and their traditional rivalry at Alabama on Oct. 24.
At least they get a week off before playing the Crimson Tide as the finalized SEC 2015 schedules were announced Tuesday night.
The biggest change in scheduling in 2015 is that the schedules are condensed, with teams playing all 12 games in 13 weeks (one open date), instead of 12 games in 14 weeks (two open dates) like 2013 and this season.
Tennessee also hosts Oklahoma on Sept. 12.
The highlights of the next year’s schedules:
* South Carolina’s crossover games will be at home against LSU on Oct. 10 and at Texas A&M on Oct. 31, which begins a three-game stretch that includes games at Tennessee (Nov. 7) and at home vs. Florida (Nov. 14). The Gamecocks open the season against North Carolina (in Charlotte) on a Thursday night.
* Georgia will host to Alabama on Oct. 3, a week after playing host to Southern University. The game against Alabama begins a stretch that includes games at Tennessee on Oct. 10 and vs. Missouri on Oct. 17. The Bulldogs will open with four home games in five weeks.
* Alabama opens against Wisconsin (in Arlington) and plays three home games before playing at Georgia on Oct. 3.
* Arkansas has a open week between playing Alabama on Oct. 10 and hosting Auburn on Oct. 24, but then finishes the season at Ole Miss (Nov. 7) and LSU (Nov. 14) before hosting Mississippi State (Nov. 21) and Missouri (Nov. 28) to finish the year.
* Auburn ends next year’s schedule with three straight home games against Georgia (Nov. 14), Idaho (Nov. 21) and Alabama (Nov. 28). They have a bye before playing at Kentucky on a Thursday night (Oct. 15) in its other crossover game.
* LSU has a tough early two-game stretch at Mississippi State on Sept. 12 and home vs. Auburn on Sept. 19. The Tigers will go to South Carolina on Oct. 10.
* Ole Miss doesn’t have a week off until Nov. 14, the week before the Rebels host LSU. The Egg Bowl will be at Mississippi State next year.
* Mississippi State has its open week between its crossover games against Kentucky (Oct. 24) and at Missouri on Nov. 5, which will be a Thursday night game.
* Texas A&M opens vs. Arizona State (in Houston) and has a murderous stretch that includes games against Arkansas (Sept. 26), at Mississippi State (Oct. 3), vs. Alabama (Oct. 17), at Ole Miss (Oct. 24), vs. South Carolina (Oct. 31) and finally ends against Auburn (Nov. 7).