SEC Football: Mega Conference Clashes Fans Must Watch This November

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 27, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 09:  AJ McCarron #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up before playing against the Louisiana State University Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Although the SEC picture is becoming more and more clear each week, there are still a handful of meaningful conference clashes scheduled for the final month of college football's regular season.

From the underdog matchups to the BCS elimination games, the SEC has it all and will put some of the season's best showdowns on display during the month of November. Wondering which matchups to keep an eye out for? 

Here we break down three must-see mega SEC matchups set to kick off this coming month.


November 3: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 6 LSU

SEC West rivals Alabama and LSU met last November in the Game of the Century, with the Tigers surviving, 9-6, in overtime. However, the Crimson Tide won the two teams' most recent matchup in last January's BCS National Championship Game, a 21-0 beatdown.

Les Miles' squad will be aiming for revenge in a battle with huge BCS implications on November 3 in Baton Rouge. 

A win for LSU would give it the advantage in the West and allow the Tigers to win out and secure a berth in the SEC Championship Game at season's end. On the other hand, an Alabama victory would likely have Nick Saban's squad marching into the conference title game as the overwhelming favorite.


November 10: No. 11 Mississippi State vs. No. 6 LSU

One week after hosting Alabama, LSU will play host to another SEC West rival, Mississippi State. 

The Bulldogs have been surprisingly dominant in 2012, winning their first seven games and bursting into the Top 15 of the BCS standings. Unfortunately, Dan Mullen's squad will have to defeat history in addition to the Tigers, as Mississippi State hasn't beaten LSU in its last 12 tries.

Yet there is the potential that the Bulldogs could create a three-way tie atop the SEC West standings with a win over LSU on November 10, assuming Alabama defeats Mississippi State at home and LSU beats Alabama at home.

Either way, this conference showdown is must-see television for those who consider themselves college football fans. 


November 24: Kentucky vs. Tennessee 

The last weekend of the regular season could potentially provide both Kentucky and Tennessee with their final shot at earning an SEC win this season. Both teams are winless in conference play (combined 0-11) this season, but will square off against each other on November 24 in Knoxville.

This tweet from Dylan Clark just about sums up these two teams' nightmare seasons:

Tennessee is pretty awful. They'll probably only beat Kentucky by 30.

— Dylan Clark (@dylanclark54) October 27, 2012


If the Wildcats lose at home to Vanderbilt on November 3, and Tennessee drops its next two SEC games against Missouri and Vanderbilt, the conference finale will have added intrigue. Sure, it'll be a must-watch for all the wrong reasons, but still, few November matchups boast the sort of implications that this SEC clash would.

No one should lose every one of their conference games, but if it's going to happen, you'll want to be able to say you saw it.


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