Florida opponent previews – Tennessee and LSU

By Mike Brandes – OnlyGators.com Contributor

Coming off a tough showdown on the road at Alabama, the Florida Gators will have a bye week before entering Knoxville, Tennessee, and the not-so-friendly confines of Neylend Stadium when it squares off against the Tennessee Volunteers.

Florida will be facing Tennessee for the 44th time in program history, looking to extend its series winning streak to 10-straight games dating back to 2005.

The Volunteers are looking to find some momentum in the second year under head coach Butch Jones, the program’s third coach in five seasons. Under Jones, Tennessee upset then-No. 11 South Carolina 23-21 last season, one of its few highlights of the 2013 campaign. The Vols also lost four-straight games, however, with blowout losses to Alabama, Missouri and Auburn as well as a close defeat at the hands of Vanderbilt.

Head-to-Head

FLORIDA GATORS TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS
Head Coach: Will Muschamp (Year: 4) Head Coach: Butch Jones (Year: 2)
2013 Record: 4-8 (3-5) 2013 Record: 5-7 (2-6)
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Southeastern
Common Opponents: 1-4 Common Opponents: 2-3
Scoring Offense: T-112th (18.8 ppg) Scoring Offense: 94th (23.8 ppg)
Scoring Defense: 15th (21.1 ppg) Scoring Defense: T-78th (29.0 ppg)

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Gameday: No. 17 Florida Gators at No. 10 LSU

Location: Tiger Stadium – Baton Rouge, LA [Capacity: 92,542]
Weather: 85°F (feels like 88°F), mostly cloudy, winds SSW at 5 mph
Time: 3:30 p.m. EDT

TV: CBS (Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, Tracy Wolfson)
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No. 17/17 FLORIDA GATORS No. 11/10 LSU TIGERS
Head Coach: Will Muschamp Head Coach: Les Miles
Record: 4-1 (3-0 SEC) Record: 5-1 (2-1 SEC)
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Southeastern
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Odds: Florida +7.5 | O/U: 49

KEEP UP WITH THE GATORS

Busy during the week? Miss a feature, story or post on OnlyGators.com? No worries. Catch up on what you missed via the links below!

Story: WR Solomon Patton: from “jet sweep guy” to game-breaking receiver | Notebook: Will Muschamp previews LSU | Notebook: Brent Pease talks RB Kelvin Taylor, quarterbacks and LSU | Notebook: Muschamp, Les Miles and Steve Spurrier talk Florida-LSU on the SEC teleconference | Story: DT Darious Cummings doing his part to replace the irreplaceable | Story: LB Ronald Powell has payback on his mind for LSU Notebook: Florida prepares for LSU

HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS

» Florida leads the all-time series against LSU 31-25-3 and holds a 24-16-2 mark since the teams began playing annually in 1971. The Gators even hold a 16-14 edge on the Tigers in Baton Rouge but are just 1-3 in Tiger Stadium since Miles took over the LSU program. The two teams have been evenly matched as of late with each program winning five of the last 10 games in the series.
» Florida is 15-0 under Muschamp when rushing for more than 150 yards (7-9 when rushing for fewer than 150 yards). The Gators are also 18-3 when holding opponents to fewer than 21 points, 13-3 when an opponent rushes for fewer than 100 yards, 14-3 when scoring first (8-6 when an opponent scores first) and 18-1 when leading at the half (4-8 when tied or trailing at the break).
» UF’s top-ranked defense and LSU’s top-ranked offense will provide one of the best match-ups of the season. The Gators are fourth nationally in scoring defense (12.2 points per game) while the Tigers are ninth nationally in scoring offense (45.5 points per game). UF is ranked third in third down conversion defense (.230), while LSU is third in third down conversion offense (.583). Florida is second in the country in passing efficiency defense (81.17), but its hosts are fourth in passing efficiency (190.14). The Gators are also fifth nationally in fewest passing yards allowed (152.0 per game) while the Tigers are sixth in passing yards per completion (16.19).
» Florida also ranks first nationally in time of possession (37 minutes per game); second in total defense (217 yards per game), rushing defense (65.0 yards) and first downs defense (63); fourth in kickoff return defense (15.93 yards), and ninth in completion percentage (.704)
» LSU is ranked fifth in fewest interceptions thrown (2) and seventh in punt return defense 1.0 yards).
» UF has forced at least one turnover in 16-straight games.
» The Gators have forced the most interceptions among SEC teams this century (359).
» Florida has registered a nation-leading 104 interceptions since 2008. UF is also first in interceptions returned for touchdowns (17) and interception return yards (1,830).
» UF had scored a rushing and passing touchdown in each of its first four games in 2013 before failing to do so last week at Arkansas. The Gators did, however, register three passing touchdowns in the game.
» Florida has gained more than 400 yards of offense in three of five games; UF had the same number of 400+ yard games in 13 contests in 2012.
» On the other hand, the Gators have not allowed a single opponent to gain more than 275 yards of total offense in a game this season.
» LSU has topped 400 yards and 30 points in each of its first six games for the first time in program history.
» Florida has only yielded nine red zone trips through five games. In those appearances, opponents began two of those drives already in the red zone. Opponents have only found the end zone four times.
» Muschamp was a former defensive coordinator at LSU (2001-04) and member of the Tigers’ 2003 national title-winning team. LSU is honoring that team at halftime of Saturday’s game.

Read about the injuries and absences and much more…after the break!
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10/9: Muschamp and Miles talk Florida-LSU

No. 17/17 Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp made his scheduled appearance Wednesday on the Southeastern Conference‘s weekly coaches teleconference and touched on a number of topics surrounding his team heading into Saturday’s road contest against the No. 11/10 LSU Tigers. Les Miles, LSU’s head coach, also spoke Monday and Wednesday about this week’s match-up.

INJURY UPDATES

Updating his team’s injuries, Muschamp said junior cornerback Marcus Roberson (knee) had his best practice since being injured a month ago and will be full speed for Saturday’s game. Additionally, freshman linebacker Jarrad Davis (facial laceration) will be fine to play.

Unfortunately, the news was not all positive for Florida as freshman LB Alex Anzalone sprained his ankle against Arkansas, was unable to practice all week and is already listed as out for this weekend’s game.

MAD HATTER ON THE GATORS

Miles discussed his team’s upcoming showdown with Florida on Monday at the start of his weekly press conference with local and national media.

“We’ll be challenged. A very, very talented team. They have good players. They’ll be coming to Tiger Stadium. Any time that we get these two teams matched up – I can think back into ’07 and think back into times that we’ve faced Florida in this stadium – they’ve always been very competitive, a great challenge certainly to both teams. So good, quality Florida team, ranked number 17, which in my opinion, they look a lot better than 17. They’re the No. 1 team defensively in the league. They’re allowing 12 points, 217 yards, 65 yards rushing and 152 yards passing. They lead in all major defensive categories. Again, a very sound scheme. They don’t give up big plays. Again, Will Muschamp does a great job with that defense.

“Offensively they’re averaging 25 points, just under 400 yards a game, 107 yards rushing and 200 yards passing. And they, again, good balance. The quarterback is a playmaker. Tyler Murphy, and they have two very, very quality running backs and this Trey Burton comes in. He’s a playmaker. He leads them in receiving, and he can play quarterback. … Seems like we’ve been playing that guy for a long time. We need check his eligibility. But a very, very quality team, and we’re looking forward to getting to work on him [Monday]. It’s a workday. We look forward to welcoming Florida to Tiger Stadium, and we expect that it will be a loud, very, very home team-friendly crowd.”

[Editor's Note: Burton has career statistics of 64 total yards and one rushing touchdown in three games against the Tigers.]

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2013 SEC Media Day Quotables: Coaches and players speak on Florida and other hot topics

The Florida Gators received their fair share of headlines at the 2013 Southeastern Conference Media Days on Tuesday but plenty of other coaches and players made waves as well for their comments and opinions.

Check out what Florida’s contingent had to say in the multiple links below.

Florida Gators at 2013 SEC Media Days: Main Post – News & Notes: Muschamp’s shot at Meyer, injuries, players, coaches | Game times vs. Toledo, Miami set | Muschamp: I’m “100% responsible” for players | Easley steals the show | VIDEOS: Florida players have fun interviewing each other

COACHES

» South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier on paying players $3,600-$3,900 per season in addition to their scholarships: “I’m going to keep fighting for our guys. I don’t know what will come. If President [Barack] Obama would say, ‘Spurrier, you and those coaches need to quit fighting for your players,’ that they get enough, they get enough full scholarship, then I’ll shut up about it. But I just believe that these athletes, because of the enormous amount [of money they earn for the schools], just a little bit to help out with their parents watching games and so forth. Okay, that was our little talk about expenses. This is not ‘pay for play.’ Please don’t say, ‘Spurrier says pay for play.’ This is just expense money. I saw the other day this year, the NFL rookies, the minimum is $405,000, NFL rookie. And a third year kid, $630,000. That’s pay for play. Don’t disguise or say $300 for expenses for a game, that’s not pay for play. Just some expense money for our guys to live a little bit better, and their parents, guardians, whatever. Us coaches, if it was a financial burden for our universities, our coaches all offered to pay for it, all 14. It came up to $270,000, $280,000 a year for the coaches. We’d pay it all. We want our players to get a little bit more than they get.”

» Spurrier on if he would turn Florida in for a recruiting violation in like Urban Meyer did: “Like that? Probably not that [smiling]. If they were obviously doing something [on purpose], we were obviously doing something [on purpose], I would hope they’d turn us in. Usually go through the league office is the way. Yeah, we don’t turn a lot of people in anyway. You can’t ever condone breaking the rules on purpose, though. We don’t condone that with anybody.”

» Spurrier on staying on longer with the Gamecocks than he did with the Gators: “I didn’t think about that. I did think I could go eight, nine, ten years. I was at a booster club. … I said my plan and goal is to be the winningest coach here. It was only 65 wins. If we could average about eight a year, maybe win nine one year, I could get to 65. It worked out that we got 66. Last two years we’ve added up well. … I have an excellent coaching staff. I got guys that can recruit, coach, do everything. It’s not a stressful job for me as maybe some coaches have. Summertime we get away from it a bit, get refreshed, ready to go during the season. Burnout is not something I’m going to get, not unless we go real bad. It can go real bad if you think it can’t. I know it can go real bad if we don’t watch ourselves. Hopefully it won’t.”

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Gameday: No. 10/11 Florida vs. No. 4/3 LSU

Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Gainesville, FL [Capacity: 88,548]
Weather Forecast: 85°F, scattererd T-storms (45% chance of rain), WNW at 4 mph
Time: 3:30 p.m. EDT

Tickets: Starting at $58 on TiqIQ

TV: CBS/CBSHD (Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, Tracy Wolfson)
SiriusXM: 91 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]
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(10/11) FLORIDA GATORS (4/3) LSU TIGERS
Head Coach: Will Muschamp Head Coach: Les Miles
Record: 4-0 (3-0 SEC) Record: 5-0 (1-0 SEC)
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Southeastern
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Odds: Florida +2.5, O/U 42

HOMEWORK

Need to catch up on what happened with the Gators over the last two weeks? No problem. OGGOA has been here the whole time posting a ton of information so you can do your homework on the team before its next exam on Saturday.

LSU a big test, great opportunity for Florida | Gators do not need superheroes | Miles says Florida is much improved | Gators defense can still improve

HISTORY / STREAKS

» Florida leads LSU 30-25-3 in the all-time series between the two teams and holds a 14-11-3 advantage in Gainesville. The teams have squared off every year since 1971. The Tigers have won consecutive games in the series but have split the last 12 contests with the Gators 6-6 dating back to 2000. UF is the last team to have won more than two-straight games in the series, capturing four contests in a row from 1998-2001.
» It is just the fourth time in the series that Florida and LSU enter the game both ranked in the top 10. It is just the fifth time that the Gators and Tigers are both undefeated when going head-to-head on the gridiron.
» Florida is 10-1 against unranked opponents and 1-5 against ranked teams since Muschamp took over the program in 2011.
» Muschamp spent four years at LSU as an assistant coach under Nick Saban. He is 1-2 all-time as a coach against the Tigers (0-1 at UF, 1-1 at Auburn).
» Since 1990, the Gators are 28-9 overall and 8-2 in The Swamp when playing a game after being afforded a bye week.
» Florida has started the season 4-0 for the fourth-straight year but is looking to improve to 5-0 for the first time since the 2009 season. LSU is 5-0 for the fourth year in a row.
» The Gators have not defeated a ranked opponent at home since Nov. 15, 2008.
» Florida has not defeated an SEC West team in Gainesville since Oct. 17, 2009. LSU has won seven-straight games against SEC East opponents overall with its last loss coming to UF in 2009.
» The Gators were 0-5 when trailing at the half in 2011 but has started the 2012 season 2-0 in that category with both victories coming against league opponents.
» Florida is 7-0 under Muschamp when rushing for more than 150 yards and 0-4 when rushing for fewer than 100 yards. The Gators are also 8-2 when holding opponents to fewer than 21 points and 8-3 when scoring first.
» UF has scored in all but one quarter (15-of-16) so far in 2012.
» The Gators have scored on 13-of-14 red zone trips (92.9 percent) but have only converted 8-of-14 possessions (57.1 percent) into touchdowns.
» Florida has converted just 23-of-58 third-down attempts (39.7 percent) this season.
» The Gators have held their opponents to 18-of-62 on third down (29.0 percent); UF was second nationally in third-down defense (27.3 percent) last season.
» Florida has at least two kickoff returns for touchdowns in each of the last two seasons after never having more than one in a single season before 2010.
» The Gators are outscoring opponents 64-13 in the second half and 34-0 in the fourth quarter through four games this season. UF is the only team in the SEC to not allow a fourth-quarter point to be scored.
» Florida is out-possessing opponents by an average of 9:34 through four games, a margin that ranks eighth nationally.
» The Gators are +5 in turnover margin through four games after being -12 in 2011. UF has forced the most turnovers in the SEC (325) since 2000, while LSU has forced the second-most turnovers (316) in that span of time.
» Florida has grabbed six interceptions so far in 2012 (three games with two each) and is already closing in on its 2011 total of eight picks.
» The Tigers are riding an 18-game regular season winning streak into The Swamp on Saturday. It is the longest such streak in the nation.
» LSU will play its 20th straight game as a top-five ranked team.
» The Tigers are ranked in the top 10 nationally in rush defense (ninth), total defense (fourth), scoring defense (ninth) and pass defense (sixth).
» A total of 20 players on LSU’s roster have recorded an impact defensive play (sack, tackle for loss, interception, forced/recovered fumble).
» The Tigers under Miles are 12-10 vs. top 10 opponents and 4-3 against the Gators.

LAST TIME OUT

After dropping a heartbreaker at home to LSU in 2010, Florida entered Tiger Stadium looking for some revenge against their annual SEC West rivals. Instead the Gators were dished a harsh dose of reality by the Tigers, which outscored them 14-0 in the first quarter, led 24-3 at the half and went on to wipe out the visitors 41-11 in Baton Rouge, LA. Florida was forced to start freshman Jacoby Brissett at quarterback for the second-straight game, and he was held to just 94 yards passing, which included a 65-yard touchdown throw. LSU outgained UF 253-124 on the ground, and the Tigers’ defense dominated the Gators’ offense, registering four tackles for loss (one sack), a forced fumble and two interceptions.

Read the rest of the Florida-LSU preview including injuries and absences and which players to look out for from both sides of the field.
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10/3: Muschamp, Miles on SEC teleconference

No. 10/11 Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp made an appearance Wednesday during the Southeastern Conference‘s weekly coaches teleconference and touched on a number of topics surrounding his team and its upcoming game against the No. 4/3 LSU Tigers on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. live on CBS.

VETERAN LINEBACKER RETURNS

After sitting out two games and three total weeks with a broken thumb he suffered in the first quarter against Texas A&M during the second week of the season, redshirt junior linebacker Jelani Jenkins has been cleared to play on Saturday.

“I feel very comfortable that he’ll be able to go and how much will sort of depend as we progress from here to Saturday,’’ Muschamp said. “We’ll still determine that through the week, but he’ll be able to play in all situations. We wouldn’t necessarily limit it right now in my eyes as we move forward. If he can play, he can play. That means he can play on 1st-and-10 and he can play on third down.”

Jenkins, who has notched 25 career starts and is one of the defense’s main leaders, will be a welcome addition back to a unit that has been relying on underclassmen to fill the void over the last two games.

FLORIDA: IMPROVED IN EVERY WAY

It is tough to find an area in which the Gators are not better than they were one year ago. Florida has a healthy starting quarterback, more effective running game, stronger offensive and defensive linemen, and a defense that is starting to come away with the turnovers that Muschamp has been demanding since he took over the program.

LSU head coach Les Miles, who also spoke with the media Wednesday, admitted as much when asked if he has seen UF take a step in the right direction.

“This team is more prepared, more competitive. They look like a very, very quality Florida team,” he said. “I don’t want to bemoan the other two teams because, to me, those guys were pretty good, too. I think they’re certainly very representative of some of the best teams that Florida’s had.”

He continued, “I think they have a nice tailback, guy that’s averaging 100 yards a game. I think they’ve been physical, and I think that they’ve demonstrated that not only this year but in each of the years that we’ve played. I think [Muschamp is] well down the road, in my opinion. I think he’s improving the team.”

The Tigers have a two-game winning streak over the Gators heading into Saturday’s contest. Florida is looking to prevent LSU from capturing three-straight wins, which has not been accomplished in the series between the two teams since UF won four-in-a-row from 1998-2001.

The Gators will try to do that with their increased physicality at the line of scrimmage, something Muschamp once again admitted was not a characteristic the team could boast in 2011.

“We weren’t physical enough on the line of scrimmage to compete and play in this league. Our depth was part of that issue because of the way we practiced,” he said. “Some of the things I wanted to do, and I felt like we needed to do, we couldn’t do because of numbers and attrition. We didn’t practice the way we always wanted to practice. And then as we went through the season, my realization of where we were sort of came to a head. We weren’t physical enough on either side of the line of scrimmage.”

NOTES AND QUOTES

» Muschamp on the skill of tackling being down overall in college football and what he does to combat that with his team: “We tackle every day defensively. You can’t be a good defensive football team if you can’t tackle and learn how to leverage the ball. So we tackle every day. Now we may not take a guy to the ground, but we do what we call ‘thud tackling.’”

» Muschamp on the impact Florida-LSU can have on recruiting: “I’ve never felt like one game impacts recruiting at all. It’s over a test of time. Recruiting is building relationships with people and building trust with people. One game will not determine, hopefully, where a young man goes. If a young man is being determined off of one game, I don’t know if you want him on your roster.”

» Miles on the key to making fake kicks and punts work when other teams know you call those plays often: “To be honest with you, trying them a lot is not something I want to do, I promise you. I don’t really know exactly. I think it’s more of our kids accepting a part of the game plan and making it work. […] It’s more about the skill of the player and what he sees he can do. Many times we go into game weeks without a plan [to run those plays]. It’s kind of specific to each year.”

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2012 SEC Media Days – All-SEC, coaches speak

The 2012 Southeastern Conference Media Days concluded Thursday in Birmingham, AL. Though the Florida Gators contingent met the media Wednesday, below are some highlights from the final two days of the event, which featured Georgia, LSU, Alabama, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Auburn, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Kentucky. Quotes courtesy of transcripts created by ASAP Sports.

FLORIDA GATORS ON ALL-SEC TEAMS (as voted by the media)

Redshirt senior kicker Caleb Sturgis (first-team specialists), junior safety Matt Elam (second-team defense), senior tackle Xavier Nixon (third-team offense), junior defensive linemen Sharrif Foyd and Dominique Easley (third-team defense), senior linebacker Jon Bostic (third-team defense), redshirt junior kick returner Andre Debose (third-team specialists). [SEC coaches selected eight last week.]

Florida tied for fifth with the most selections (seven) though most of them were on the third team (five). The media picked the Gators to finish tied for seventh overall in the SEC and third in the SEC East (12 first-place votes).

GEORGIA HEAD COACH MARK RICHT

On having seven home games this season (one more than usual): “I love having seven home games. I’d like to have 12 home games if we could, certainly for our fan base and for our players. This season is one that I think the amount of home games is outstanding. The fact that we always play Florida in Jacksonville is going to give you a cycle of every other year not getting that one home game, but it’s certainly worth it to play in Jacksonville.”

On being picked by the media to win the SEC East (and that the media is usually wrong): “I hope the media’s right this time. But we haven’t done anything yet. We haven’t played a game. We haven’t won a game. We know our league is tremendous. We know the Eastern Division is going to be a rough road. All we’re trying to do is prepare the best we can to hopefully play the very best we can play and maximize the potential of this football team. Hopefully that will be good enough to get back to Atlanta and hopefully play a little bit better this time around.”

On the upcoming four-team playoff: “I think the four team playoff is going to be outstanding. I’m not sure who’s going to decide who the top four teams are, but hopefully we’ll get a chance to have one and maybe two teams play out of our league if the season’s just right. One of the reasons why I like it is it doesn’t destroy the bowl system the way it is. Some people may not like it the way it is, but I think the bowl system is outstanding. I think our regular season games are huge. I’m talking about the entire BCS. [...] I just hate to see a day where we might play Florida, and whether you win or lose, you still go to the playoffs, no one thinks it’s that big of a deal. It is a big deal every game we play. I don’t want college football to lose that.”

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2012 SEC Spring Meetings notes – Day one

The Southeastern Conference is currently holding the 2012 SEC Spring Meetings in Destin, FL with head coaches, athletic directors and presidents representing each school in attendance to discuss a number of league and national issues over the course of the week from Tuesday-Friday. Below are some notes and quotes from day one:

» Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp said redshirt sophomore linebacker Neiron Ball, who himself said months ago that he was cleared to return to the team, has one more hurdle to overcome before being allowed to return to the field. “He’s got one more appointment with the doctor. I think he should be fine. He is in Gainesville,” Muschamp said, according to The Gainesville Sun. “You never know, something might pop up at the end. But he’s going back for one more deal to make sure he’s really cleared. Our medical people would not clear him if they thought there was an issue of any sort. I totally trust their opinion. Nor would he want to play if there was any chance for anything happening.” Ball, when mentioning that he was cleared previously, was likely talking about being able to join his team in the gym and do similar activities.

» As he noted at numerous Gator Gatherings in May, Muschamp again explained that sophomore tight end A.C. Leonard is doing everything asked of him since his arrest and is doing what it takes to make his way back onto the team. “He’s got some things he continues to do. He’s done everything I’ve asked him to do up to this point,” Muschamp said. “He’s got to continue to make good choices and decisions with regard to our football team. If he continues to do that, we’ll handle it.” Muschamp added that Leonard was technically never suspended from the team itself but rather from “team activities” such as practice and the spring game. Leonard is almost certainly facing suspension in the fall with the number of games determined by how well he does at continuing to be a positive member of the team going forward.

» South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier and LSU head coach Les Miles were both adamant Tuesday that SEC games played outside their division should not count toward a berth in the SEC Championship. The basis for their argument is that some teams have more difficult permanent rivalry games (think Florida-LSU) while other teams have it easier and that one game could be the difference between winning your division or not. Muschamp disagrees with both Spurrier and Miles, saying he believes every game should count equally.

» Despite stories from back in March stating that LSU was trying to get out of its annual game against UF, CBSSports.com reported Tuesday that the SEC plans to announce a 12-year conference schedule on Friday based on a previously reported 6-1-1 format (six divisional opponents, one permanent cross-division rival, one game on rotation). Rather than that rotational game being a home-and-home lasting two years (it would take 11 years to play every team at least once), it will change every year so the league is on a six-year rotation. The report also notes that LSU and Florida, as expected, will remain permanent cross-division rivals. The rest of the permanent cross-division games will be: Alabama-Tennessee, Arkansas-Missouri, Auburn-Georgia, Mississippi-Vanderbilt, Mississippi State-Kentucky, Texas A&M-South Carolina.

» Basketball will play an 18-game conference schedule in 2012-13. With divisions eliminated prior to last season, the SEC has decided to rely on the latest football designations to help sort out the schedule. The Gators will have Kentucky as their permanent rival that they play twice each season. Florida will then play the other 12 teams once for a total of 14 games. The remaining four games will come from a three-year rotation among the 12 teams (likely two from each “division”).

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