“Revenge is sweet and not fattening” – Alfred Hitchcock.
SDS has ranked the 2013 SEC football strength of schedule, and with that, we have circled five revenge games that could turn into physical affairs – and, oh, how sweet revenge would be for these five teams to taste victory:
1. Alabama at Texas A&M, week 3
Nick Saban’s defense against Johnny Manziel and Kevin Sumlin’s offense is must-watch Saturday programming. Dubbed the biggest game of the season, this game is also all about sweet revenge for the Tide. While the Aggies say they control the Tide, Alabama and Saban are watching film as you read this, sweating profusely at the thought of another 345-total-yard performance and a running quarterback looking like Tom Brady in the fourth quarter. All Alabama has heard about all offseason is no-huddle offenses and Johnny Manziel’s Heisman moment in Tuscaloosa. Yeah, two championships in a row aren’t good enough. Alabama wants to thump the Aggies in College Station in route to a three-peat.
2. South Carolina at Georgia, week 2
The USC-UGA rivalry is full of new-fashioned hate. This rivalry is underrated and it’s real. Steve Spurrier beating Georgia is like watching a fat kid eat cake – that look on his face! Spurrier 2.0, you know the one that traded his high-flying offense for a physical and tough defense, has beaten Georgia three years in a row. And last year’s 35-7 blowout has only fueled the fire. Georgia aims to end that three-game streak in Athens with the most explosive offense in the SEC, but Jadeveon Clowney has caused Aaron Murray to have nightmares. Mark Richt even stoked the ever burning ember last week. Week two can’t get here quickly enough.
3. Florida vs. Georgia, week 10
Will Muschamp has never been on the winning side of a Florida-Georgia game. He was 0-4 as a player and, now, he’s 0-2 as a head coach. Georgia is Florida’s biggest SEC rival in any season, bar none. Toss in the fact that Steve Spurrier and Urban Meyer had their way with Georgia, but Muschamp has yet to get one. It can’t get any uglier than last year’s turnover fest, and Florida has this game circled. Georgia has won two straight for the first time since the late 80s, but Muschamp has vowed that streak will end this year.
4. LSU at Alabama, week 11
The struggle between powerhouses LSU and Alabama has made it the ‘it’ game for the last several years. However, LSU has revenge on the brain in 2013, after reliving Alabama’s final drive and touchdown with :51 left in the fourth. In fact, LSU owned the second half, but they couldn’t stop the Tide when it mattered most. The last time the Tigers traveled to Tuscaloosa, they eked out a victory. That’s the plan in 2013. This is usually the most physical game of the season.
5. Vanderbilt at Tennessee, week 13
You want to talk about a developing, heated rivalry? Tennessee won’t even acknowledge that it is a rivalry, but Vanderbilt’s emergence has been fun and very entertaining to watch. James Franklin is trying to take the Commodores to the next step as a program, beat a powerhouse and win 10 games. The Commodores have only beaten the Vols twice in the last 30 years, but the power struggle to regain the state of Tennessee will be heated in 2013. The Dores hammered the Vols last season 41-18 in Nashville. The game returns to Knoxville in ‘13, and the Vols have some revenge on the mind.
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