With the last four national champions to hoist the crystal ball in January all reigning from the Southeastern Conference, it's hard for college football fans of any background to ignore the insanity of SEC football in the fall. These Saturday congregations most closely resemble a trip to the Thunderdome..."Two men enter, one man leaves." The unforgiving Bowl Championship Series creates a season-long sense of urgency, making each of these conference bouts a legitimate, early playoff round towards this off-season's bragging rights.
Not only does the SEC's inter-conference play ring with excitement, but there is plenty of non-conference matches look forward to. Last season, LSU held on for a tight win at Washington, while Georgia suffered a close loss to a Top 10 Oklahoma State squad.
SEC competition was no exception...South Carolina tripped up Ole Miss when the Rebels were just breaking the Top 10, Kentucky traveled to Auburn and beat the Tigers for the first time since 1966...heck, even Tennessee came within a blocked field goal of beating the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide on their home turf.
This season holds many interesting match ups, including Alabama-Penn State, Auburn-Clemson and Arkansas-Texas A&M. So what SEC teams will trip up and potentially lose the chance to play for the national championship? What underdogs will catch a giant napping? Let's find out...