Every week in the SEC, we’re always about big games. September, October and November all will provide SEC fans with huge games week in and week out.
We’ve analyzed every month and ranked the top 10 games each month:
Here are the five biggest games of the SEC for 2012:
1. Alabama at LSU, November 3rd
LSU and Bama start off No. 1 and No. 2 respectively. How could this not be the biggest game in the SEC for 2012? These two teams battled for the West and the national championship last year. It doesn’t get any better in the SEC or around college football. Both teams, however, enter the season with the same glaring weakness – the defensive secondary. This year, the Tigers welcome the Tide into Baton Rouge, and after the thumping they took in the national championship, expect them to have a chip on their shoulder. But you better believe Nick Saban will rally his troops and be fired up as well.
2. LSU at Arkansas, November 23rd
The showdown between the Tigers and the Razorbacks is the second biggest game in November, and the second biggest game in the SEC for 2012 because it falls on the last weekend before the SEC Championship. This game is usually close, but last year was an anomaly with LSU blowing the Hogs out in the second half. The previous four years before 2011, the average margin of victory was 3.5 points. And Arkansas always plays LSU tough at home. This could very well decide who wins the SEC West.
3. Alabama at Arkansas, September 15th
This gets the SEC started early in week three when Alabama travels to Fayetteville. And it’s only fitting that with Alabama’s secondary concerns, Arkansas’ strength is Alabama’s weakness. Tyler Wilson has the ability to give the Tide fits if the pass rush is late getting to him. If the Razorbacks want the West, this is a must-win game. The Tide has won five straight and looking to make it six. The last time in Fayetteville, Arkansas let Alabama off the hook, as the Tide scored 17 unanswered points to sneak away with the victory 24-20. That’s in the back of everyone’s minds, but Arkansas’ defense will have to shut down the run game to succeed.
4. Georgia at South Carolina, October 6th
It’s only fitting when the two favorites in the SEC East go head-to-head, it’s a top five game in the SEC. Up until last year, the loser of this game had never gone to the SEC Championship. Georgia reversed the curse. This game has been pushed back from week two until week six, and that should only add to the drama. The winner of this game should be in the driver’s seat in the East. Georgia has lost two straight to South Carolina but never three straight. Steve Spurrier just has the Bulldogs’ number right now. This isn’t a must-win game for the Bulldogs because of the weaker schedule, but they can’t afford to lose it, either.
5. LSU at Florida, October 6th
If Florida has any chance at all of getting into the SEC Championship talk, this is a must win. Hosting the Tigers in Gainesville is always a big game, and more has been riding on this game in the past than present. Florida will be the underdog. Les Miles wants to do away with this game, but it’s good for the SEC and college football. Two historical powerhouses doing work, and Florida will try and find a way to pull off the upset. We all remember what happened when LSU came to the Swamp two years ago. The Tigers had to pull a fake field goal to win it. And Miles did it once again.