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2014 Schedule Roundup: Reaction And Notes From Around The League

2014 calendarThe SEC’s release of the 2014 conference schedule has drawn reaction from around the league.  Here’s a roundup of opinion, news and notes.

1. “Georgia has made out like a bandit in all this SEC schedule reshuffling madness.”

2. The Bulldogs will go more than a month without playing at Sanford Stadium.

3, The SEC Network’s first game will be Texas A&M at South Carolina.

4. When Texas A&M meets LSU on Thanksgiving night, it will be the Tigers first appearance on Turkey Day since 1973.

5. Florida draws Alabama in 2014.  Gators have lost last three games to Crimson Tide by a combined score of 101-26.

6. Latest scheduled Florida-Tennessee game since 1991. “It’s a byproduct of the Vols disappearing off the SEC and national radar.”

7. Tennessee will travel to Ole Miss in 2014.  Vols have played in Oxford only four times.

8. The Rebels start the year in Atlanta and then to Nashville but won’t have to leave Oxford for two straight the rest of the year.

9. Moving the Kentucky-Louisville game to the end of the season in 2014 came at the request of both the SEC and the ACC.  Will be fourth SEC-ACC rivalry game to end the regular season.

10. When Arkansas travels to Missouri, it will be the first visit for the Razorbacks to Columbia since 1906.

11. When Auburn opens against Arkansas, it will be the first time the Tigers have opened with a conference game in 18 years.

12, MrSEC’s  immediate reaction/observations to the 2014 SEC schedule.

 

 

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A&M And LSU To Meet On Thanksgiving In 2014

turkey-cookedThe SEC’s 2014 football schedule is expected to be released today and it appears one big rumor is finally on the verge of becoming a reality.  According to The Baton Rouge Advocate’s sources, LSU will visit Texas A&M on Thanksgiving in 2014.  In other words, A&M is finally replacing Arkansas at the back end of LSU’s football schedule.  The next assumption: Arkansas will now end its season against Missouri each year.

Don’t count on the Texas A&M/LSU game to become an annual Turkey Day event, however.  When the game is in College Station, it appears the Aggies will host it on Thanksgiving.  But when the game is hosted by LSU, the Tigers will do so on the Friday after Thanksgiving… just as they’ve done with Arkansas on many occasions.

 

 

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Thought Of The Day – 11/21/12

Good morning, all.  Got plenty of news coming your way today as we inch closer and closer to Thanksgiving.

And speaking of Turkey Day, the first artist off the iPod today happens to be married to Mel Gibson’s daughter.  Now here’s guessing a holiday spent with ol’ Mel would be darned entertaining.  Or scary as hell.

Maybe both.

 

“Now pardon me if I appear to see beyond the now and here to try to save myself.  I’m not the kind to pin the blame, but I can’t take more of the same… livin’ on your shelf.”

 

kenny wayne shepherd – last goodbye

 

Great song.  News coming soon…

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Arkansas-LSU Moves Back To Friday

After a two-year layoff, the battle for the Golden Boot will return to its rightful place — the Friday after Thanksgiving — this fall.  That’s great news on the recruiting front for LSU and Arkansas.  Especially Arkansas.

From 1995 through 2008 the Razorbacks and Tigers played on the Friday afternoon after Turkey Day.  CBS tabbed the Iron Bowl for that slot the past two seasons.  But this year’s Hogs-Tigers game is already on the books for a 2:30pm ET kickoff… back on Friday.

Bobby Petrino — knowing that this homestate recruiting pool is awfully shallow — has made it clear that he wanted that Friday game back.  While LSU already has a strong recruiting base to begin with, Arkansas needs the extra exposure.  And playing on Black Friday puts the Razorbacks front and center before thousands of recruits off from school and hungry for some holiday football on the tube.

The 2010 season was a good one for the Razorbacks for many reasons.  The defense improved, the offense lived up to its preseason billing, and the Razorbacks reached their first BCS game in school history.  All great.  And now landing that Friday slot in front of national TV viewers is the icing on the cake. 

Or the whipped cream on the pumpkin pie as the case may be.

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