I had the story pre-written and the lede was them hosting the other top teams from last year’s standings because I knew they’d probably get Kentucky and South Carolina here and assumed surely they’d get Florida at home too. Whoops.
The SEC has changed the scheduling format a couple of times since the league expanded, which has caused some abnormalities. First, it expanded to 18 games, then a couple of years ago it added the three permanent home-and-home series that caused another reset.
The first change caused Florida to come to Bud Walton Arena three seasons in a row. The latest has Arkansas going there four in a row. Every team should have a similar quirk on the schedule. For instance, Kentucky is going to Texas A&M for the fourth year in a row with only two return games. Vanderbilt is coming to Arkansas for the fourth year in a row with only one trip to Nashville.
Don’t worry PJ. I’m sure the league will do all they can to ensure a fair contest for us in Gainesville. Nothing but the best and most unbiased, unaffiliated with anyone officials that money can buy. It will be like a home away from home game for us. No doubt about it.