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2012 schedule announced

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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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