There’s no such thing as an easy SEC schedule, but some are definitely easier than others.
Both Alabama and Georgia will typically have an easier conference schedule than the rest of the conference due to the fact that,
well, they don’t play themselves. In contrast, when you look at Auburn,
the Tigers not only have to play their regular SEC West schedule that includes Alabama, but they also play Georgia every year.
In 2023, Georgia avoids Alabama and LSU out of the SEC West,
and its nonconference games are UT-Martin, Ball State, UAB and a visit to Georgia Tech.
I ranked that as the easiest schedule in the SEC for the 2023 season, and ESPN agrees.
ESPN’s College Football Power Index (FPI) is out, and it ranks Georgia as the No. 3 team in America entering 2023.
In addition to overall rankings, this tool also predicts final records,
1. Ole Miss Rebels ESPN FPI SEC SOS Ranking: 1 ESPN FPI FBS SOS Ranking: 1 Schedule: Mercer, at Tulane, Georgia Tech, at Alabama, LSU, Arkansas, at Auburn, Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, at Georgia, UL-Monroe, at Mississippi State
2. Florida Gators ESPN FPI SEC SOS Ranking: 2 ESPN FPI FBS SOS Ranking: 3 Schedule: at Utah, McNeese, Tennessee, Charlotte, at Kentucky, Vanderbilt, at South Carolina, Georgia (in Jacksonville), Arkansas, at LSU, at Missouri, Florida State
3. Auburn Tigers ESPN FPI SEC SOS Ranking: 3 ESPN FPI FBS SOS Ranking: 5 Schedule: UMass, at California, Samford, at Texas A&M, Georgia, at LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, at Vanderbilt, at Arkansas, New Mexico State, Alabama
4. Arkansas Razorbacks ESPN FPI SEC SOS Ranking: 4 ESPN FPI FBS SOS Ranking: 6 Schedule: Western Carolina (in Little Rock), Kent State, BYU, at LSU, Texas A&M (in Arlington, Texas), at Ole Miss, at Alabama, Mississippi State, at Florida, Auburn, Florida International, Missouri
5. Georgia Bulldogs ESPN FPI SEC SOS Ranking: 14 ESPN FPI FBS SOS Ranking: 31 Schedule: UT-Martin, Ball State, South Carolina, UAB, at Auburn, Kentucky, at Vanderbilt, Florida (in Jacksonville), Missouri, Ole Miss, at Tennessee, at Georgia Tech