The Best of the 2008 SEC Football Schedule

Tim CroleySenior Analyst IJuly 18, 2008

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

August 30

Alabama vs. Clemson

Florida vs. Hawaii

Ole Miss vs. Memphis

August 31

Kentucky vs. Louisville

September 1

Tennessee vs. UCLA

September 6

Florida vs. Miami

Vanderbilt vs. South Carolina (the first head-to-head SEC game)

September 13

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

September 20

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

September 27

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)

October 18

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

November 1

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)

November 8

Alabama vs. LSU

Arkansas vs. South Carolina

November 15

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?)

November 22

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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