Which SEC team has played the toughest schedule so far this season?
If you go by the combined records of FBS opponents, it would be Tennessee.
The Vols’ eight FBS opponents are a combined 47-23 (.671). Their schedule will only get tougher this weekend when they travel to Arkansas, which is 8-1 overall.
Counting the Hogs, that’s six teams the Vols will have faced to this point with two or fewer losses. Tennessee defeated Cincinnati the second week of the season, but has lost all five of its SEC games. Only one of those losses was by fewer than 10 points.
Speaking of Arkansas, the Hogs have faced the easiest schedule in the SEC, according to the combined records of their opponents. The Hogs’ FBS foes are a combined 34-37 (.479).
Of Arkansas’ eight FBS opponents to this point, four currently have losing records.
Nonetheless, Arkansas is one of only three SEC teams (along with Alabama and LSU) that has beaten three or more nationally-ranked opponents this season. The Hogs own wins over Texas A&M, Auburn and South Carolina. All three teams were ranked in the AP poll at the time of the game.
No. 1 LSU, coming off its 9-6 overtime win at Alabama, owns six victories over nationally-ranked foes, including two over top 5 teams.
With three weeks to play in the regular season, there are seven teams in the SEC still looking for their first win over a nationally ranked opponent – Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.
Florida, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt haven’t beaten any FBS teams this season that currently have winning records. The Gators are also at the bottom of the league in terms of who they’ve beaten.
Their five victories this season have come over teams with a combined 13-31 record (.295). The Gators started off the season with back-to-back games against Florida Atlantic and UAB, who are a combined 1-16 right now.
Here’s a look at the combined records of the FBS opponents for all 12 SEC schools:
Tennessee: 47-23 (.671)
LSU: 46-26 (.639)
Ole Miss: 46-26 (.639)
Vanderbilt: 44-28 (.611)
Alabama: 43-29 (.597)
Auburn: 47-32 (.595)
Mississippi State: 41-31 (.569)
Kentucky: 41-32 (.562)
South Carolina: 45-36 (.555)
Florida: 43-37 (.538)
Georgia: 38-33 (.535)
Arkansas: 34-37 (.479)
Here’s a look at the combined records of those FBS teams each SEC school has beaten this season:
LSU: 46-26 (.639)
Alabama: 34-29 (.540)
South Carolina: 31-32 (.492)
Tennessee: 11-14 (.440)
Georgia: 23-31 (.426)
Auburn: 22-30 (.423)
Arkansas: 26-36 (.419)
Kentucky: 10-18 (.357)
Mississippi State: 12-24 (.333)
Ole Miss: 3-6 (.333)
Vanderbilt: 9-18 (.333)
Florida: 13-31 (.295)