SEC teams load up future schedules with Power 5 foes, Notre Dame, BYU

Games between SEC teams and other Power 5 conferences, like this one between LSU and Wisconsin, will become more regular occurrences. (AP photo)

Games between SEC teams and other Power 5 conferences, like this one between LSU and Wisconsin, will become more regular occurrences. (AP photo)

SEC teams have taken a lot of grief about not scheduling games with powerhouses from other Power 5 conferences, something that didn’t change this week when the conference said it’s OK for their teams to play independents BYU and Army. Notre Dame already was on the accepted list.

Missouri (2015 and 2020) and LSU (2017) already had scheduled BYU, and Mississippi State announced this week that it’s adding games against BYU in 2016 and 2017.

The SEC, in 2016, will become the only conference that will require its teams to play at least one nonconference Power 5 team every season. The ACC adds that rule in 2017.

Of course, natural rivalries — Georgia vs. Georgia Tech, Florida vs. Florida State, South Carolina vs. Clemson or Kentucky vs. Louisville — mean some SEC teams already play at least one other Power 5 team every year.

Here’s a look at future nonconference games for SEC teams.

Alabama

Wisconsin — Sept. 5, 2015; Southern California — Sept. 3, 2016

Arkansas

Texas Tech — Sept. 19, 2015; TCU — 2016, 2017; Michigan — Aug. 31, 2018, Sept. 1, 2019

Auburn

Louisville — Sept. 5, 2015; Clemson — Sept. 3, 2016, Sept. 9, 2017; California — Sept. 19, 2020, Sept. 18, 2021

Florida

Michigan — Sept. 2, 2017

Georgia

North Carolina — Sept. 3, 2016; Notre Dame — Sept. 9, 2017, Sept. 21, 2019

LSU

Syracuse — Sept. 26, 2015; Wisconsin — Sept. 3, 2016; BYU — 2017; Miami — Sept. 1, 2018; Texas — Sept. 7, 2019; Sept. 12, 2020; UCLA — 2021, 2024; Arizona State — 2022, 2023

Ole Miss

Florida State — Sept. 5, 2016; California — Sept. 16, 2017, Sept. 21, 2019; Georgia Tech, 2022, 2023

Mississippi State

BYU — 2016, 2017; N.C. State — Sept. 12, 2020, Sept. 11, 2021; Kansas State — Sept. 8, 2018, Sept. 14, 2019; Arizona — 2022, 2023

Missouri

BYU — Nov. 14, 2015, Nov. 7, 2020; West Virginia — Sept. 3, 2016, Sept. 9, 2019; Purdue — Sept. 16, 2017, Sept. 15, 2018

South Carolina

North Carolina — Sept. 3, 2015

Tennessee

Oklahoma — Sept. 12, 2015; Virginia Tech — Sept, 10, 2016; West Virginia — Sept. 1, 2018; Pittsburgh — Sept. 11, 2021, Sept. 10, 2022

Texas A&M

Arizona State — Sept. 5, 2015; UCLA — Sept. 3, 2016; Clemson — Sept. 8, 2018, Sept. 9, 2019; Notre Dame — 2024, 2025

Vanderbilt

Georgia Tech — Sept. 17, 2016; Kansas State — Sept. 16, 2017, Sept. 19, 2020


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