The much anticipated 2012 SEC football schedule was unveiled today in a move which almost prompted the crash of the SEC digital network.
The 2012 schedule is a beta-version of what SEC fans can expect for 2013 and beyond as Mike Slive and the athletic directors of all the SEC institutions iron out the kinks involved with adding Missouri and Texas A&M.
“The SEC transition team and our athletic directors did a great job with significant logistical challenges in a short time frame in developing the 2012 football conference schedule,” said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. “The ability to come together for the conference is what makes the SEC so strong and that was evident yet again in this process.”
LSU opens their 2012 schedule against three straight non-conference opponents: North Texas, Washington, and Idaho, respectively, before beginning SEC play.
The Bayou Bengals first road game comes on September 22nd when they travel to the plains of Auburn to take on the War Eagles/Tigers/Plainsmen. The other road games that follow are October 6th at Florida, October 20th at newcomer Texas A&M, and the final game of the season, a November 23rd (or 24th) meeting for the Battle of the Boot at Arkansas.
Including four home out of conference games (North Texas, Washington, Idaho, and Towson), LSU also gets four home SEC games.
The first home SEC game for the Tigers come during the heart of the season when the Ol’ Ball Coach Steve Spurrier comes to town with the South Carolina on October 13th.
Following their road trip to Texas A&M, LSU hosts three straight SEC games in Tiger Stadium: November 3rd vs Alabama, November 10th vs Mississippi State, and November 17th vs Ole Miss.
Just like last year, LSU gets an open date the week before Alabama.
The 2012 LSU football schedule
Sept. 1 North Texas
Sept. 8 Washington
Sept. 15 Idaho
Sept. 22 at Auburn
Sept. 29 Towson University
Oct. 6 at Florida
Oct. 13 South Carolina
Oct. 20 at Texas A&M
Nov. 3 Alabama
Nov. 10 Mississippi State
Nov. 17 Ole Miss
Nov. 23 or 24 at Arkansas
The complete SEC schedule for all Southeastern Conference teams can be viewed here.