SEC’s best August/September games

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August and September present brutal schedules for five teams, and none of them are more brutal than Georgia. As we continue to look at the months of August and September in 2013, let’s take a look at the five biggest games.

Of course, we’ll all watch every single minute of SEC football action, but these five games stand out entering 2013:

1. Sept. 14: Alabama at Texas A&M

The entire country is awaiting the Alabama-Texas A&M clash in 2013, the SEC’s biggest revenge game of the season. The Tide and Aggies have all the pieces to the puzzle of a championship run…pending each other. Nick Saban vs. Kevin Sumlin; AJ McCarron vs. Johnny Manziel. Oh, the storylines headed into this one. What will you be doing on September 14th? I don’t even have to ask.

2. Sept. 7: South Carolina at Georgia

The new-age rivalry filled with up-and-coming hate, this game is sexy for all the right reasons. Steve Spurrier against Georgia would even be interesting and entertaining if Spurrier was at Kentucky. Meanwhile, Georgia is tired of losing to Carolina and wants to make it more entertaining by actually winning one since they’ve lost three straight. Spurrier in Athens on any Saturday is can’t-miss programming.

3. Aug. 31: Georgia at Clemson

Another game involving Georgia? Yep – another one. Georgia’s steamy matchup with Clemson has all the makings of a shootout led by two veteran quarterbacks. Both offenses will set the pace, while both defenses will be sucking air. Let’s just hope Georgia is ready to show up to an early season game on the road against a ranked opponent for once. Tajh Boyd vs. Aaron Murray headlines the game, but I’m anticipating Damian Swann vs. Sammie Watkins one-on-one. Get your popcorn ready.

4. Sept. 28: LSU at Georgia

Spurrier finally got his wish for UGA to play a tough SEC West team. He’s only mentioned it frequently over the last few years, but Mark Richt is already talking about how Spurrier is finally quiet on the subject this year. LSU has a nasty SEC East rotation with Florida and Georgia, on top of having to travel to Athens. This is LSU’s biggest game of the season, while it’s Georgia’s first of a challenging four-game stretch. Both defenses lost a ton of personnel and talent, and this could turn into an unfamiliar SEC shootout.

5. Aug. 29: Ole Miss at Vanderbilt

This game might not have the sexiness or the pizzazz of any of the above four, but I’m looking forward to watching this underrated week one game. The winner remains a contender in their division, while the loser takes on the role of a pretender. Each program is fighting for respect and trying to take the next step. The winner does just that in front of the college football world for the start of 2013. James Franklin or Hugh Freeze – which coach you got?

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  • As a regular listener to the Sirius College Sports Channel, there seems little doubt that the A&M/Bama game is the most anticipated game of the year (at least it’s the most anticipated this early in the summer).