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December 28, 2011

2012 schedule announced

TAMPA, Fla. - After weeks of wondering, the Southeastern Conference finally announced its 2012 football Wednesday afternoon.

On paper, Georgia came out extremely well.

The Bulldogs open the season Sept. 1 against Buffalo before kicking off SEC play on Sept. 8 at Missouri. Georgia will then host Florida Atlantic (Sept. 15), followed by back-to-back home games against Vanderbilt (Sept. 22) and Tennessee (Sept. 29) before a road game at South Carolina (Oct. 6).

The next week (Oct. 13) Georgia will have a bye.

The Bulldogs were originally slated to travel to Kentucky on Oct. 13, but the game was moved back to Oct 20, right before the annual tilt in Jacksonville against Florida (Oct. 27). Georgia will wrap up the season against Ole Miss (Nov. 3), Auburn (Nov. 10), Georgia Southern (Nov. 17) and Georgia Tech (Nov. 24).

"I'm still trying to focus on this year and get this last game over with," Bulldog linebacker Alec Ogletree. "I'll worry about next year when it's time."

Head coach Mark Richt declined to comment on the new schedule during Wednesday's dual press conference at the Wyndham Hotel with Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio.

"I'm not going to comment about that today," Richt said. "I think the focus should be on this game and that's really what we should be focused on. I don't want to get too far down the road. Let's finish up this season, then we'll talk about those things in the future."

The conference announced that each SEC institution will release its own complete 12-game schedule. The schedule is subject to change based on television selections.

The first conference game of the 2012 season will be on Thursday, Aug. 30 when South Carolina visits Nashville to take on Vanderbilt. The game will be televised on one of ESPN's platforms.

The upcoming schedule is not based on any other previous or future scheduling formats. The SEC athletics directors will convene in Destin, Fla. in Spring 2012 to formulate the future schedules.

"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 in a statement. "The ability to come together for the conference is what makes the SEC so strong and that was evident yet again in this process."

The league also announced that the conference schedule will remain at eight regular season games, with six games played inside the division and two games against teams from the opposite division.

GEORGIA

Sept. 1 Buffalo

Sept. 8 at Missouri

Sept. 15 FLORIDA ATLANTIC

Sept. 22 VANDERBILT

Sept. 29 TENNESSEE

Oct. 6 at South Carolina

Oct. 13 Open

Oct. 20 at Kentucky

Oct. 27 vs. Florida (Jacksonville)

Nov. 3 OLE MISS

Nov. 10 at Auburn

Nov. 17 GEORGIA SOUTHERN

Nov. 24 GEORGIA TECH

SEC Schedules

Conference games listed only

ALABAMA

Sept. 15 at Arkansas

Sept. 29 OLE MISS

Oct. 13 at Missouri

Oct. 20 at Tennessee

Oct. 27 MISSISSIPPI STATE

Nov. 3 at LSU

Nov. 10 TEXAS A&M

Nov. 24 AUBURN

ARKANSAS

Sept. 15 ALABAMA Sept. 29 vs. Texas A&M

Oct. 6 at Auburn

Oct. 13 KENTUCKY

Oct. 27 OLE MISS

Nov. 10 at South Carolina

Nov. 17 at Mississippi State

Nov. 24 LSU

AUBURN

Sept. 8 at Mississippi State

Sept. 22 LSU

Oct. 6 ARKANSAS

Oct. 13 at Ole Miss

Oct. 20 at Vanderbilt

Oct. 27 TEXAS A&M

Nov. 10 GEORGIA Nov. 24 at Alabama

FLORIDA

Sept. 8 at Texas A&M

Sept. 15 at Tennessee

Sept. 22 KENTUCKY

Oct. 6 LSU

Oct. 13 at Vanderbilt

Oct. 20 SOUTH CAROLINA

Oct. 27 vs. Georgia (Jacksonville)

Nov. 3 MISSOURI

KENTUCKY

Sept. 22 at Florida

Sept. 29 SOUTH CAROLINA

Oct. 6 MISSISSIPPI STATE

Oct. 13 at Arkansas

Oct. 20 GEORGIA

Oct. 27 at Missouri

Nov. 3 VANDERBILT

Nov. 24 at Tennessee

LSU

Sept. 22 at Auburn

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. 24 at Arkansas

OLE MISS

Sept. 29 at Alabama

Oct. 6 TEXAS A&M

Oct. 13 AUBURN

Oct. 27 at Arkansas

Nov. 3 at Georgia

Nov. 10 VANDERBILT

Nov. 17 at LSU

Nov. 24 MISSISSIPPI STATE

MISSISSIPPI STATE

Sept. 8 AUBURN

Oct. 6 at Kentucky

Oct. 13 TENNESSEE

Oct. 27 at Alabama

Nov. 3 TEXAS A&M

Nov. 10 at LSU

Nov. 17 ARKANSAS

Nov. 24 at Ole Miss

MISSOURI

Sept. 8 GEORGIA

Sept. 22 at South Carolina

Oct. 6 VANDERBILT

Oct. 13 ALABAMA

Oct. 27 KENTUCKY

Nov. 3 at Florida

Nov. 10 at Tennessee

Nov. 24 at Texas A&M

SOUTH CAROLINA

Aug. 30 at Vanderbilt

Sept. 22 MISSOURI

Sept. 29 at Kentucky

Oct. 6 GEORGIA

Oct. 13 at LSU

Oct. 20 at Florida

Oct. 27 TENNESSEE

Nov. 10 ARKANSAS

TENNESSEE

Sept. 15 FLORIDA

Sept. 29 at Georgia

Oct. 13 at Mississippi State

Oct. 20 ALABAMA

Oct. 27 at South Carolina

Nov. 10 MISSOURI

Nov. 17 at Vanderbilt

Nov. 24 KENTUCKY

TEXAS A&M

Sept. 8 FLORIDA

Sept. 29 vs. Arkansas

Oct. 6 at Ole Miss

Oct. 20 LSU

Oct. 27 at Auburn

Nov. 3 at Mississippi State

Nov. 10 at Alabama

Nov. 24 MISSOURI

VANDERBILT

Aug. 30 SOUTH CAROLINA

Sept. 22 at Georgia

Oct. 6 at Missouri

Oct. 13 FLORIDA

Oct. 20 AUBURN

Nov. 3 at Kentucky

Nov. 10 at Ole Miss

Nov. 17 TENNESSEE



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