It’s interesting (and, for once, in our favor) that we don’t play Vandy this season; but Ole Miss does, as does Florida and MSU. Of the top 5 teams that everyone figured to duke it out with each other for the SEC Championship, only Ole MIss plays all of the other 4. Obviously, Vandy doesn’t play us. And, MSU doesn’t play Florida, either. But all in all, as difficult a schedule as we have, it could be worse. And those wins over Texas, TCU and Tech will plug in nicely and continue to pay RPI dividends all season long.
But there is an outlier…Tennessee. Not only are they good and currently tied (with us and Ole Miss) for 2nd place, one game behind Vandy…But they don’t play TWO of the other 5 contenders (they escape the state of Mississippi altogether). Plus, the three contenders they do play (us, Vandy and Florida) are ALL home series for the Vols. That’s a big advantage.
Although i respect the program Vitello is building, I don’t think they’re the best team in the SEC at this point. But they do, by far, have the most favorable schedule. And at the end of the season, they only count up how many you won…not who or where you played.