While there are many who would love to discredit the validity of the schedules of most South Eastern Conference football teams, I would like to take this moment to promote what should be an amazing 2008 SEC season.
That being said, here is my line-up of the games that are a must see, either in person or while glued to the big screen. Each week is listed with the must-see games, in terms of significance, first.
August 28 (Thursday night): this should get the season started off right
South Carolina vs. NC State
Alabama vs. Clemson
Florida vs. Hawaii
Ole Miss vs. Memphis
Kentucky vs. Louisville
Tennessee vs. UCLA
Florida vs. Miami
Vanderbilt vs. South Carolina (the first head-to-head SEC game)
Georgia vs. South Carolina (a true test for both after last season's match-up)
Miss. St. vs. Auburn (same as UGA & Carolina above)
Arkansas vs. Texas
Auburn vs. LSU
Florida vs. Tennessee
Alabama vs. Arkansas (the winner usually prevails for the rest of the season)
Georgia vs. Arizona State
Miss State vs. Georgia Tech
Alabama vs. Georgia
Auburn vs. Tennessee
October 4 - the worst week of the season
Florida vs. Arkansas (could be a dangerous game for the Gators sandwiched in at Fayetteville, along with Ole Miss, and having Tennessee and LSU at the beginning and end of a four game stretch)
October 11 - things get back to normal
LSU vs. Florida
Georgia vs. Tennessee
Arkansas vs. Auburn (time for Petrino to show what could have been)
South Carolina vs. LSU
Miss. State vs. Tennessee
Arkansas vs. Kentucky (could be first conference win for either team)
October 25 - one of the best weeks of the season
Georgia vs. LSU
Alabama vs Tennessee
Auburn vs. West Virginia
Florida vs. Georgia
South Carolina vs. Tennessee
Auburn vs. Ole Miss (Tubby goes back to Oxford to lay the wood to the Rebels again, while Nutt looks to make it 1-0 against Auburn at his new home)
Alabama vs. LSU
Arkansas vs. South Carolina
Auburn vs. Georgia
Alabama vs. Miss. State (Bama looks to avoid three in a row to Croom)
Florida vs. South Carolina (Spurrier v Meyer...need I say more?)
Arkansas vs. Miss. State (could determine who rounds out the bottom of the west)
Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee (after last year's game, this may hold more precedence that many want to believe)
November 28 - yes, an extra day of college football!
LSU vs. Arkansas
Ole Miss vs. Miss. State
November 29- can't miss this week, because it may all come down to the last game to determine east and west winners, besides all that it's rivalry week!
Alabama vs. Auburn (the Iron Bowl, nothing left to say)
Florida vs. Florida State
Georgia vs. Georgia Tech
South Carolina vs. Clemson
Tennessee vs. Kentucky
Vanderbilt vs. Wake Forest (had to give Vandy at least one more game)
So there you have it. These are the 40-plus games that any football fan must have on his or her schedule this fall.
Now I know some games on the list may not be as thrilling as some other games around the country that day. They may not be gaining national attention and all that. But any true fan knows that in SEC country, you never know who might be upset on any given Saturday in the fall.
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