Mr. CFB/Tony Barnhart: Who Has Toughest SEC schedule? It's Auburn/South Carolina

Gus Malzahn's Auburn Tigers will face six of the Top 12 teams in one preseason poll.John Reed/USA Today
Tony Barnhart

Spring practice is over. The SEC Spring meetings in Destin are still three weeks away.

So what do we do now fellow college football fans?

Simple. We make a list to get folks arguing among themselves.

How about this: Who will have the toughest schedule in the SEC in 2019?

There are a lot of ways to answer that question and here’s how we did it: No opinion. Just strictly by the numbers:

**--As our reference point we took the “Way Too Early Top 25” that was put together by my man Mark Schlabach of ESPN.com

**--We looked at the schedules of each SEC team and determined how many of the Top 25 each school will play.

**--We assigned a point total to each Top 25 opponent. No. 1 got 25 points, No. 2 got 24 points, etc.

**--Then we put the teams in order with the team with the most points being No. 1 and the fewest points being No. 14.

What did we learn?

Auburn, with six preseason Top 25 teams, had the most points with 109. Alabama, which does not play a preseason Top 10 team, had the fewest with 32.

Now what does this mean?

Absolutely nothing.

Once we start playing games everything will change. But for now, with the season almost four months away, here it is. Have fun.

The number of points for each team is in parentheses:

AUBURN (109): No. 2 Alabama, No. 4 Georgia, at No. 8 Florida, No. 10 Oregon (Orlando), at No. 11 Texas A&M, at No. 12 LSU.

Note: Auburn plays six games in the top 12.

SOUTH CAROLINA (104): No. 1 Clemson, No. 2 Alabama, at No. 4 Georgia, No. 8 Florida, at No. 11 Texas A&M.

Note: Gamecocks play four of the top eight and five of the top 11.

TEXAS A&M (88): at No. 1 Clemson, No. 2 Alabama, at No. 4 Georgia, at No. 12 LSU, No. 23 Auburn.

Note: Aggies play No. 1, No. 4, and No. 12 on the road. They finish with road trips to Georgia and LSU.

LSU (79): at No. 2 Alabama, at No. 7 Texas, No. 8 Florida, No. 11 Texas A&M, No. 23 Auburn.

Note: Tigers play four games against the Top 11.

TENNESSEE (64): at No. 2 Alabama, No. 4 Georgia, at No. 8 Florida.

Note: Vols play three of the top eight with two of them on the road.

ARKANSAS (56): at No. 2 Alabama, No. 11 Texas A&M (Arlington), at No. 12 LSU, No. 23 Auburn.

Note: Three of the four ranked opponents will be away from home.

GEORGIA (56): No. 6 Notre Dame, No. 8 Florida (Jacksonville), No. 11 Texas A&M, at No. 23 Auburn.

Note: Dawgs host Texas A&M (Nov. 23) the week after they go to Auburn.

OLE MISS (56): at No. 2 Alabama, No. 11 Texas A&M, No. 12 LSU, at No. 23 Auburn.

Note: Rebels could be 4-0 when they go to Alabama on Sept. 28.

MISS. STATE (56): No. 2 Alabama, at No. 11 Texas A&M, No. 12 LSU, at No. 23 Auburn.

Note: Bulldogs play LSU and Texas A&M on back-to-back Saturdays.

VANDERBILT (54): No. 4 Georgia, at No. 8 Florida, No. 12 LSU.

Note: Commodores play Georgia, at Purdue, and LSU in the first four weeks.

MISSOURI (40): at No. 4 Georgia, No. 8 Florida

Note: Mizzou plays Georgia (Nov. 9) and (Nov. 16) Florida in consecutive weeks.

KENTUCKY (40): at No. 4 Georgia, No. 8 Florida

Note: Like Mizzou, Wildcats play Georgia on the road and Florida at home.

FLORIDA (39): No. 4 Georgia (Jacksonville), at No. 12 LSU, No. 23 Auburn.

Note: Gators play at LSU (Oct. 12) and Georgia in Jacksonville (Nov. 2) in a three-week stretch.

ALABAMA (32): at No. 11 Texas A&M, No. 12 LSU, at No. 23 Auburn

Note: Crimson Tide the only SEC team that does not play a preseason Top 10 opponent.

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