Predicting the Top 5 Games on the 2014 SEC Schedule
Considering all the crazy things that took place down the stretch a year ago, and with several teams looking to contend for a national championship, the stakes will be higher than ever when the action kicks off next month.
And as is always the case when it comes to the toughest conference in all of college football, certain games will have much more on the line than others.
But in predicting which games could become legendary, it isn't just about what's at stake. The rivalry, the history, and the overall talent of the two teams also factors in when it comes to determining which games will capture our attention.
After running through the SEC slate, we've narrowed down the list to find the five games that will almost certainly be must-watch TV this season.
5. South Carolina at Auburn (October 25, 2014)
Nobody said it was easy. I feel like they should make a song with those words in it. Anyways, Auburn's schedule will be far from easy this season, and this will be one of many difficult challenges on the agenda. The Tigers facing the top two teams in the SEC East might not help their chances at repeating as conference champions, but should Auburn make it all the way through without a blemish, we might have to rule them one of the greatest college teams ever.
4. Florida at Alabama (September 20, 2014)
It shouldn't take us long to find out whether or not the Gators are back. Florida should roll through the first three games of the season with Idaho, Eastern Michigan, and Kentucky on the schedule, but then things get fun when they visit Tuscaloosa. If the Gators get blown out of the water, Will Muschamp might be feeling the heat a little too early for his liking.
3. Auburn at Georgia (November 15, 2014)
Think the Bulldogs will be looking for a little revenge after what happened on the Plains last season? At this stage of the season, there will no doubt be a ton on the line for both teams. Even if both are lagging behind in the SEC title race, there's hardly ever a dull moment in this series. We may not get the miracle that we did at the end of last year's game, but we will without question get a football game that goes right down to the wire.
2. Georgia at South Carolina (September 13, 2014)
Could the SEC East be decided only three weeks into the season? It's certainly a possibility. Both Georgia and South Carolina not only figure to be in the race for an SEC title, but for a national title as well. Obviously, whichever team comes out on top in this tilt in Colombia will be in a great position to represent the East in the SEC championship game. Without another true challenger in the division, all eyes will be on these two teams to solve the SEC East puzzle.
1. Auburn at Alabama (November 29, 2014)
It's hard to imagine anyone expecting anything different. There's a good chance that both teams will still be in the mix in terms of earning a spot in the playoff, but Alabama's road to get there is definitely a lot easier than Auburn's is. If you consider the classic that these two teams put on a season ago, I'm not sure it's fair of us to expect them to top it. Then again, these two teams have continually found ways to top their previous best throughout this series, so we better get ready for yet another monumental matchup in this heated rivalry.