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Georgia QB Aaron Murray
The narrative this offseason will undoubtedly be how Alabama is unbeatable, but don't forget that the Crimson Tide lost a game during the regular season and came close to two other losses. Roadblocks exist for every team, and every contender will face them in 2013.
Georgia: If the Bulldogs want to win their third consecutive SEC East title, they may have to snap their three-game losing streak to South Carolina when the two teams meet on Sept. 7 in Athens. The Bulldogs have been fortunate to get a rather easy draw out of the West over the last two seasons, but that changes in 2013 with the appearance of LSU on the docket. The Bulldogs must take care of business within the division.
Florida: After a bye week on Oct. 26, the Gators will play Georgia in Jacksonville, host a tough Vanderbilt team and then travel to South Carolina to close out SEC play. That game in Columbia could be a big-time roadblock and could be this season's de facto SEC East Championship Game.
South Carolina: While Florida will be tough, the Gamecocks know that they have to beat Georgia in Athens in Week 2 to have a shot at their second SEC East title. If they lose, consider the division title more of a myth than reality.
Alabama: Alabama's Week 3 showdown with Texas A&M will be the biggest game of the season in the SEC. The Crimson Tide will have two weeks to prepare, with revenge from last season's loss to the Aggies in Tuscaloosa at the top of their minds. Alabama got to the title game after that loss in 2012, but better safe than sorry.
LSU: This one is simple, it's the Alabama game on Nov. 9. The Tigers will have a bye week before and after the game, which means that it will take on a championship feel for Les Miles' crew. If they want to win the SEC West, they're going to have to topple the Tide.
Texas A&M: For the Aggies, it's all about Alabama. After Rice and Sam Houston State to start the season, Kevin Sumlin, Johnny Manziel and the Aggies will host the Crimson Tide in the biggest game of the SEC season. The winner will become the SEC West front-runner, and the loser will need help.