The SEC's Top out-of-Conference Games

Gary BrownCorrespondent IIAugust 31, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 03:  Running back Christine Michael #33 of the Texas A&M Aggies is tackled by DeQuinta Jones #92 and Jake Bequette #91 of the Arkansas Razorbacks at Dallas Cowboys Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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1. LSU and Oregon (Arlington)—September 3

Why? Someone is going to drop in the polls and fall behind in the pursuit of the BCS title. The two teams come into the season with the Ducks ranked third and LSU sitting at fourth.

2. Arkansas and Texas A&M (Arlington)—October 1

Why? The Razorbacks have bigger dreams than just an SEC title. They believe they have the juice to win it all in New Orleans. This game is a must win for the Hogs to move the dream toward reality.

3. Georgia and Boise State(Atlanta)September 3

Why? If the Dawgs lose this game, the Mark Richt watch will officially begin in Athens. A win by Boise State puts them on the path to an undefeated season. This is for SEC pride as well.

4. Alabama at Penn StateSeptember 10

Why? This is a college football classic pairing. Both schools are obviously tradition rich, but there is more to this game than just memories. This will be the Tide’s first true test and Penn State should be an improved team this year.

5. Florida State at FloridaNovember 26

Why? This giant rivalry begins a new chapter, with Will Muschamp taking the whistle for the Gators. This game will mark just how much progress his team makes in year one as they take on a Seminole team that Jimbo Fisher believes can play for a national title.