SEC Football: Top Must-See Conference Clashes This Fall

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IAugust 28, 2012

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 22:  The Auburn Tigers line up against the LSU Tigers during the game at Tiger Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The start of another college football season means that some of the year's top must-see SEC clashes are almost here.

The last six BCS National Champions have come from the SEC, cementing the conference as the best college football has to offer.

With that said, some of the season's biggest and most anticipated showdowns will take place in the SEC this fall. 

Here we break down the top must-see SEC clashes in 2012.


September 15: Alabama at Arkansas

BCS title contenders Alabama and Arkansas will kick-off conference play with a monumental clash in Fayetteville, where the Razorbacks went undefeated last season. 

The crowd is sure to be near out of control for the showdown as well. No. 10-ranked Arkansas will be shooting to avenge a 24-point beatdown at Tuscaloosa last September.

For No. 2-ranked Alabama, the trip to Arkansas marks the defending national champions first true road test of 2012, and could either make or break their campaign to repeat this winter. 


September 22: LSU at Auburn

The LSU Tigers will open up their SEC schedule against SEC West rival Auburn in September. The Tigers, who won the national championship in 2010, are not ranked coming into this season but are playing at home in this game.

Jordan-Hare Stadium is routinely one of the loudest venues in all of college football, and served as the site of Auburn's 24-17 win over LSU in 2010. Two years later, nothing will have changed but the players. 

It's always can't-miss television when the Tigers get together on the gridiron, and September's matchup will be no different. 


October 6: Georgia at South Carolina

The Bulldogs earliest and biggest test of 2012 will come just a few days into October when they travel to Columbia to take on Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks. South Carolina topped Georgia in a shootout in Athens last year, winning 45-42.

If 2012's matchup between these two SEC East rivals is anything like last year's, then fans are in for a treat this October. South Carolina enters the year ranked No. 9, while Georgia comes in at No. 6 in the nation. The fact that both programs rank in the Top 10 this fall will only add to the bragging rights already at stake.

The Gamecocks have won the last two against Mark Richt's Bulldogs, but that streak will have to end if Georgia wants to represent the SEC East division once again in the conference championship game this December. 


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