Since we’re halfway through the college football season — pause for collective moan — I thought we should take a look at the contenders’ remaining schedules and see who has the toughest road to the SEC Championship game.
Georgia (5-1, 3-1)
Remaining schedule: at Arkansas, vs. Florida, at Kentucky, vs. Auburn, vs. Charleston Southern, vs. Georgia Tech
Prognosis: With only one ranked team left (Auburn) and having already defeated Missouri, the Bulldogs have a strong chance at winning the division, especially if Todd Gurley returns. Soon.
Kentucky (5-1, 2-1)
Remaining schedule: at LSU, vs. Mississippi State, at Missouri, vs. Georgia, at Tennessee, at Louisville
Prognosis: I never thought I’d have included Kentucky in the contender category, but there it is, although perhaps not for long. There are too many tough opponents for the Wildcats to go unscathed the rest of the way.
Florida (3-2, 2-2)
Remaining schedule: vs. Missouri, vs. Georgia, at Vanderbilt, vs. South Carolina, vs. Eastern Kentucky, at Florida State
Prognosis: With two losses, Florida has some catching up to do, but if Georgia slips up somewhere and the Gators can beat the Bulldogs in Jacksonville, the division is wide open.
Missouri (4-2, 1-1)
Remaining schedule: at Florida, vs. Vanderbilt, vs. Kentucky, at Texas A&M, at Tennessee, vs. Arkansas
Prognosis: Like Georgia, the schedule softens from here on out, but there are plenty of opportunities for slip ups, especially if the Tigers don’t fix all the things that appeared to be broken on Saturday.
Mississippi State (6-0, 3-0)
Remaining schedule: at Kentucky, vs. Arkansas, vs. UT-Martin, at Alabama, vs. Vanderbilt, at Ole Miss
Prognosis: The Bulldogs have proven they can win in a tough road game (at LSU), so that will prove handy when they play at Kentucky — again, tough to write that — at Alabama and at Ole Miss. There’s a lot of season left.
Ole Miss (6-0, 3-0)
Remaining schedule: vs. Tennessee, at LSU, vs. Auburn, vs. Presbyterian, at Arkansas, vs. Mississippi State
Prognosis: Another tricky back end of the schedule with a couple of potential letdown road games, but the Rebels have the toughest games at home (Auburn and Mississippi State). The Egg Bowl might decide the division title.
Auburn (5-1, 2-1)
Remaining schedule: vs. South Carolina, at Ole Miss, vs. Texas A&M, at Georgia, vs. Samford, at Alabama
Prognosis: I’m not sure if it gets tougher than this with four remaining games against ranked teams, three of which are in the top 10 and all on the road. Auburn better hope there’s some more magic left.
Alabama (5-1, 2-1)
Remaining schedule: vs. Texas A&M, at Tennessee, at LSU, vs. Mississippi State, vs. Western Carolina, vs. Auburn