Top 10 SEC Games of 2010
Well it may only be March, but before I get March Madness I will get to this story, the top SEC Games of 2010. The SEC has numerous rivalry games and just great games. Even the best SEC team might fall to another SEC team who is struggling at the time. The team who wins the SEC might not be the best in the conference.
So many games will prove to be great, and as long as the refs don't mess with the game, the team that wins will be the better team that day. Whether it's the Cocktail Party or just Florida and Alabama mixing it up, the SEC should prove to have some great games.
10. Tennessee vs Florida
Even when Florida is at its best in a season, Tennessee can still hang with the Gators and this year might be the same. No, Florida will not be at its best, and like the Vols and Dawgs the Gators will also be reloading. Now Tennessee is in a bigger reloading period than any other team in the SEC with a new head coach.
The ironic side of Tennessee is the new head coach is none other then Derick Dooley, son of Vince Dooley. If you know anything about college football than you know Vince is a legend for the Vols big rival Georgia.
While Tennessee is in a huge reloading period they can still hang with Florida and might be able to topple the Gators in the Swamp. Also, considering the Alabama game for Florida is only two weeks after this one: TRAP GAME PERHAPS.
9. Alabama @ Arkansas
When the Razorbacks and the Tide locked tusks in September of 2009, the Razorbacks were no match for the soon-to-be national champs. This time around, Arkansas will have vastly improved since that game. Alabama, who will be looking forward to playing the Gators the following week, might fall into a trap of some sorts.
Like the Tennessee-Florida game this year, this game can go two different ways: either a blow out, which is what some may predict, or a heart attack waiting to happen. Alabama will be missing key players and might overlook this game, and if they do, Arkansas will win it.
8. Georgia @ South Carolina
Georgia fans know this as the "I'm very scared we might lose this game". As for South Carolina, this is known as the "I'm tired of coming so close and losing, can we win one game". Yes, these titles are long, but there is no doubt that it is what goes through the minds of Georgia and South Carolina fans before week two of college football.
South Carolina needs the least replacing which gives the Gamecocks a large chance at stealing an SEC East crown form the Dawgs, Gators, or Vols. Unlike the West, where all but two teams have won their division in the last decade, the East has only been won by Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee in that time, so a East crown here to set off the new decade would be huge.
7. South Carolina @ Florida
When Spurrier and his old team from Florida meet up it's never a good sight, with Florida usually dominating the Gamecocks. South Carolina has been able to beat the Gators, but not since the 2005 season. The main difference here is this game is in the Swamp.
If South Carolina is still in the SEC East race, this game could prove to be a huge upset, and you know South Carolina needs this one if they want to win the East crown.
6. Alabama @ Auburn
Last year, Alabama was 11-0 and looking to win the SEC and get a national title crown. Auburn was looking to play spoiler and stun Alabama, and they did that by taking 14-0 lead. Alabama came back to win this one 26-21 late in the game.
As the final game comes around, Alabama may be looking for another national title—and guess who could play spoiler again? Auburn is steadily improving and will give Alabama a game come November. This rivalry is one of the greats and could prove to be another close one when these two take on each other in the last regular season game.
5. Arkansas @ Georgia
Last year, this game was played at Arkansas and, well, the Razorbacks nearly upset the Dawgs, proving to have one great offense. The Razorbacks would put 41 points on the Dawgs. Only Tennessee would put more points on Georgia, with Florida scoring the exact same amount against Georgia.
This game may be in Athens but Arkansas still has great chance at pulling the upset early in the season. Georgia will be struggling with the new QB and new defense. Arkansas has a great case to be a dark horse this year and would love nothing more than to set up their SEC run by knocking off the Dawgs in Athens.
4. LSU @ Florida
When Florida and LSU play each other you know heads will be rocking and Gameday will not be far behind. Both teams are reloading at the same time. Both teams can still win their division with no big surprise.
This game has been a fun one to watch the past few years, and this time it shows no sings of being a bad game again. Florida won't have Tebow, which gives LSU a big chance to beat Florida even though this game is at Florida. Trust me, I will be watching this game when it comes around.
3. LSU vs. Alabama
While Arkansas is a dark horse, these two teams are still top of the pack for now. LSU and Alabama have had some good ones, but this one could prove to be a heart-stopper for both fan bases. This game could, and most likely will, decide who wins the West.
Nick Saban versus Les Miles. Both coaches have a similar reputation and both have two national titles. There is no love loss between these two teams or their fans. This game could prove to be the best of the year.
2. Georgia vs. Florida
If LSU-Alabama is the deciding game in the West then this one is the crowner in the East. Like the West, the East could have a dark horse team in it, but this rivalry is legendary, is always an elimination game, and has proven to be East crowner game.
Georgia stormed the end zone in 2007 and upset Florida 42-30. The past two years Florida has dominated the Dawgs. Now Florida, like Georgia, is reloading. Both are getting used to a new DC coach and both are breaking in a new QB. If Florida gets up early they will not look back. And while out of character for Richt, if Georgia gets up early they will pound Florida for the sweetest revenge.
1. Alabama vs. Florida
This game will be huge. The past two SEC title games involved these two teams, and the past two national champs have been these two teams. Florida is looking for revenge and Alabama is looking to try to prove something. The Swamp will rock, Gameday will be there, everyone will watch. Do I need to say anymore?
This game could prove to be the biggest regular season game in years with so many people talking about it. I'm nowhere near a Florida or Alabama fan, and I'm talking about it all the time, so you know the Tide and Gator fans are.
It will be nice to see who wins this game, and with the attitude of Saban and and Meyer, we may just see these two guys taking it out after the game.