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2018 SEC football schedule release: Full team-by-team schedules and takeaways – CBSSports.com

It’s never too early to start looking way ahead, and the SEC provided the fodder Tuesday afternoon when it dropped its 2018 schedule on the college football world. 

The schedule features a fun Week 1 with home and neutral site matchups that will define the early landscape of the season, a conference schedule that is loaded with monster matchups, and the traditional rivalry matchups to close the season in style.

Here’s how the 2018 schedule looks for all 14 SEC teams.

Alabama Crimson Tide

Takeaway: Can you imagine the hype if
Lamar Jackson
decides to stay at Louisville? A full offseason for Nick Saban’s defense to prepare for the most electric player in college football would be extra-spicy. 

Arkansas Razorbacks

Takeaway: Arkansas has to get through that Auburn-Texas A&M stretch with just one loss. Chalk up a home loss to Alabama to open October, but the rest of the month will be relatively easy and they don’t have to leave home. 

Auburn Tigers

Takeaway: A neutral-site opener just up I-85 against a team that has to cross the country, followed by four straight home games gives Auburn a chance to make a big statement early in the season.

Florida Gators

Takeaway: Florida will be in business if it can get through those four games leading up to the bye week with three wins. One loss over that stretch — which includes three road games — should be tolerable. 

Georgia Bulldogs

Takeaway: There isn’t a gauntlet on this schedule. Sure, there are tough games and tricky spots in consecutive weeks. But nothing that jumps out and screams “there’s no way they can get through this.”

Kentucky Wildcats

Takeaway: Florida, Texas A&M, Tennessee and Louisville all on the road. Good luck, Wildcats. 

LSU Tigers

Takeaway: That Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State stretch leading into the bye week is going to be what makes or breaks the 2018 Tigers. 

Ole Miss Rebels

Takeaway: So a team that could incur even more scholarship losses, could see players transfer and could have a new coach has to play high-scoring Texas Tech, Alabama and LSU in the first month of the season? Yikes. 

Mississippi State Bulldogs

Takeaway: Getting Auburn at home, a bye week before LSU and Louisiana Tech before the Alabama game makes this a manageable schedule for the Bulldogs.

Missouri Tigers

Takeaway: Missouri would have been much better off if its bye week could have come the week after Alabama. Not many breaks after Sept. 29.

South Carolina Gamecocks

Takeaway: If South Carolina can get to that bye week in contention, it comes at a perfect time to gear up for a relatively brutal stretch run. That Georgia game in Week 2 is huge for this crew. 

Tennessee Volunteers

Takeaway: So Tennessee and Butch Jones (maybe) will play Florida, Georgia, Auburn and Alabama over a five-week span? That’s not going to work at all. 

Texas A&M Aggies

Takeaway: Either the new head coach at Texas A&M is in for a rude awakening with Clemson and Alabama in September, or those two games bring a close to the Kevin Sumlin era. Either way, it’s bad. 

Vanderbilt Commodores

Takeaway: This sets up for Vanderbilt to gain a ton of confidence in September, even if it includes a loss at Notre Dame in one of the more enjoyable road trips in recent Vandy history. 

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