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The SEC 2013 football schedule is here, and it is weird

Halfway through the 2012 college football season, we are hit with the 2013 SEC college football schedule, which you may not think is a super big deal, and we may not think is a super big deal, but mercy, a whole lot of people disagree with us:

If you're thinking this schedule looks goofy and out of order, you're absolutely correct, which is why it's been given the extra-special designation of a "bridge schedule." (Where that bridge leads, we will leave up to your imagination.) For one thing, three games repeat from the 2012 schedule (Ole Miss at Alabama, Texas A&M at Ole Miss and Georgia at Auburn). What's up with that, SEC?

Well, little campers, that answer is best left for grownups and math. "There were so many variables in dealing with conference games, and the three repeat venue games, while not desired, provided the only solution to the complex scheduling issues,” according to Mike Slive.

And when will permanent cross-division opponents make a permanent appearance?

Mark Womack: “That was part of the ‘bridge’ schedule and really part of trying to have either a conference game or a non-conference traditional rival game on the last week of the season that created some issues for us. It created the situation where we had to look at holding off going to those permanent opponents for a year.”

If there were one entire human being whose sole job was to put together a 14-team SEC schedule that served the needs of all its members, that person's head would explode like a Mars Attacks! invader. Among the unhappy this afternoon: Arkansas, which travels to Florida, Alabama and LSU (presumably with a new coach at the helm); Vanderbilt, staring down trips to South Carolina, A&M and Florida; and the Gators, who must go to Missouri the week after a road date in Baton Rouge, and y'all know how they feel about going out of state. Happiness abounds in Athens, where the schedule gods perennially smile (conference road trips for the Dawgs are limited to Tennessee, Vandy, Auburn and the Cocktail Party).

Individual 2013 conference schedules for each SEC team are available after the jump:

ALABAMA

Sept. 14 at Texas A&M

Sept. 28 OLE MISS

Oct. 12 at Kentucky

Oct. 19 ARKANSAS

Oct. 26 TENNESSEE

Nov. 9 LSU

Nov. 16 at Mississippi State

Nov. 30 at Auburn

ARKANSAS

Sept. 28 TEXAS A&M

Oct. 5 at Florida

Oct. 12 SOUTH CAROLINA

Oct. 19 at Alabama

Nov. 2 AUBURN

Nov. 9 at Ole Miss

Nov. 23 MISSISSIPPI STATE

Nov. 30 at LSU

AUBURN

Sept. 14 MISSISSIPPI STATE

Sept. 21 at LSU

Oct. 5 OLE MISS

Oct. 19 at Texas A&M

Nov. 2 at Arkansas

Nov. 9 at Tennessee

Nov. 16 GEORGIA

Nov. 30 ALABAMA

FLORIDA

Sept. 21 TENNESSEE

Sept. 28 at Kentucky

Oct. 5 ARKANSAS

Oct. 12 at LSU

Oct. 19 at Missouri

Nov. 2 vs. Georgia (Jacksonville)

Nov. 9 VANDERBILT

Nov. 16 at South Carolina

GEORGIA

Sept. 7 SOUTH CAROLINA

Sept. 28 LSU

Oct. 5 at Tennessee

Oct. 12 MISSOURI

Oct. 19 at Vanderbilt

Nov. 2 vs. Florida (Jacksonville)

Nov. 16 at Auburn

Nov. 23 KENTUCKY

KENTUCKY

Sept. 28 FLORIDA

Oct. 5 at South Carolina

Oct. 12 ALABAMA

Oct. 26 at Mississippi State

Nov. 9 MISSOURI

Nov. 16 at Vanderbilt

Nov. 23 at Georgia

Nov. 30 TENNESSEE

LSU

Sept. 21 AUBURN

Sept. 28 at Georgia

Oct. 5 at Mississippi State

Oct. 12 FLORIDA

Oct. 19 at Ole Miss

Nov. 9 at Alabama

Nov. 23 TEXAS A&M

Nov. 30 ARKANSAS

OLE MISS

Aug. 31 at Vanderbilt

Sept. 28 at Alabama

Oct. 5 at Auburn

Oct. 12 TEXAS A&M

Oct. 19 LSU

Nov. 9 ARKANSAS

Nov. 23 MISSOURI

Nov. 30 at Mississippi State

MISSISSIPPI STATE

Sept. 14 at Auburn

Oct. 5 LSU

Oct. 26 KENTUCKY

Nov. 2 at South Carolina

Nov. 9 at Texas A&M

Nov. 16 ALABAMA

Nov. 23 at Arkansas

Nov. 30 OLE MISS

MISSOURI

Oct. 5 at Vanderbilt

Oct. 12 at Georgia

Oct. 19 FLORIDA

Oct. 26 SOUTH CAROLINA

Nov. 2 TENNESSEE

Nov. 9 at Kentucky

Nov. 23 at Ole Miss

Nov. 30 TEXAS A&M

SOUTH CAROLINA

Sept. 7 at Georgia

Sept. 14 VANDERBILT

Oct. 5 KENTUCKY

Oct. 12 at Arkansas

Oct. 19 at Tennessee

Oct. 26 at Missouri

Nov. 2 MISSISSIPPI STATE

Nov. 16 FLORIDA

TENNESSEE

Sept. 21 at Florida

Oct. 5 GEORGIA

Oct. 19 SOUTH CAROLINA

Oct. 26 at Alabama

Nov. 2 at Missouri

Nov. 9 AUBURN

Nov. 23 VANDERBILT

Nov. 30 at Kentucky

TEXAS A&M

Sept. 14 ALABAMA

Sept. 28 at Arkansas

Oct. 12 at Ole Miss

Oct. 19 AUBURN

Oct. 26 VANDERBILT

Nov. 9 MISSISSIPPI STATE

Nov. 23 at LSU

Nov. 30 at Missouri

VANDERBILT

Aug. 31 OLE MISS

Sept. 14 at South Carolina

Oct. 5 MISSOURI

Oct. 19 GEORGIA

Oct. 26 at Texas A&M

Nov. 9 at Florida

Nov. 16 KENTUCKY

Nov. 23 at Tennessee

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