SEC announces new football, basketball schedules; Florida remains rivals with LSU, UK

Concluding the 2012 Southeastern Conference Spring Meetings in Destin, FL on Friday, the league announced that an agreement has been reached on new football and basketball schedule formats beginning in the 2013 and 2012-13 seasons, respectively.

The SEC will continue playing eight conference games in football but will shift from a 5-1-2 format to a 6-1-1 format now that two additional teams have been added to the league and each division has expanded to seven teams.

Under this format, each conference team will play all six of their divisional opponents, one permanent cross-division rival and one cross-division opponent on an annual rotation. The previous rotation consisted of two teams on a home-and-home series.

The Florida Gators and LSU Tigers will continue being cross-division rivals in football and extend a consecutive games streak that dates back 41 years to 1971. UF is 30-25-3 all-time against LSU (23-16-2 since the teams restarted their annual game).

The other six permanent cross-division rivalries (West-East) include: Alabama-Tennessee, Arkansas-Missouri, Auburn-Georgia, Mississippi-Vanderbilt, Mississippi State-Kentucky and Texas A&M-South Carolina. Arkansas and South Carolina were paired before Texas A&M and Missouri joined the conference.

Conference basketball schedules will expand to 18 games and also feature a permanent opponent with Florida taking on the Kentucky Wildcats twice each year. Teams will play eight of the 12 remaining SEC schools once and four others twice in home-and-home series on a rotating basis each year.

UK leads the all-time series against UF 93-33; the two teams have played a home-and-home series for 48 consecutive seasons dating back to 1965.

The other six permanent rivalries in basketball include: Alabama-Auburn, Arkansas-Missouri, Georgia-South Carolina, LSU-Texas A&M, Mississippi-Mississippi State and Tennessee-Vanderbilt.

An adjustment was also made to the SEC Tournament in basketball which will now feature double byes for the top four seeds and begin one day earlier on Wednesday. The opening round will consist of two “play-in” games between the four teams with the worst league records (No. 11 vs. No. 14, No. 12 vs. No. 13).

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9 Responses to “SEC announces new football, basketball schedules; Florida remains rivals with LSU, UK”

  1. g8ter27 says:

    So every year LSU in football and twice a year with Kentucky in basketball………. Why not the Charlotte Bobcats or OKC Thunder?

    • Ken (CA) says:

      Well, big difference between Charlotte and OKC, but that is kind of what I mentioned when this was first announced a couple of days ago. Nice to have the big games in the bright lights, but puts us at a seirous competetive disadvantage for championships.

    • Mr2Bits says:

      You sound like Miles. Remember not too long ago LSU was our doormat. Sure the games were a notch above Kentucky but we usually dominated the series. Football is cyclical however UK basketball will likely have our number for awhile until the one and done crap is changed.

  2. Matt says:

    Obviously concerned more about the draw than the outcome…

  3. Ken (CA) says:

    post adam post! OMG!

  4. MAR says:

    Happy to keep LSU! That is a big game and great for SOS.

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