With the start of the season right around the corner, get your mind right for the SEC’s best games in 2013. We went ahead and circled our top game each week, and you need to do the same.
Here’s a breakdown of the can’t-miss games in 2013:
Week 1: Georgia at Clemson
Buzz: Two national championship contenders doing work in Death Valley, headlined by two electric offenses with Heisman-worthy quarterbacks. Clemson is already talking trash, and this game could turn into a Big 12-type shootout.
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Week 2: South Carolina at Georgia
Buzz: The SEC’s most underrated rivalry full of new-fashioned hate is sure to be an instant classic. The Gamecocks have won three in a row and looking to make it four en route to an SEC East crown. The winner emerges as the East’s early favorite.
Week 3: Alabama at Texas A&M
Buzz: Does this game need an explanation? One pundit thinks Alabama wins ‘easily’, but count me as one who thinks Texas A&M makes it a shootout and could ultimately shock the college football world. The winner emerges as the SEC’s biggest national championship contender.
Week 4: Tennessee at Florida
Buzz: In what used to be the premier SEC East showdown, it has one tenth of the pizzazz of the 90s. Florida has won eight in a row, but if Tennessee can venture into The Swamp and pull out a victory, things could get interesting in the East.
Week 5: LSU at Georgia
Buzz: Much to Steve Spurrier’s delight, UGA draws LSU in the West. Two top six powers doing work Between The Hedges will be must-watch TV.
Week 6: Ole Miss at Auburn
Buzz: I love the sexiness of this game, and there could be some offensive fireworks from Hugh Freeze and Gus Malzahn. The Rebels could be a dark horse in the West, while Auburn will finish better than you think. If you like offense, you’re going to love this game.
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Week 7: Florida at LSU
Buzz: Aside from Alabama, these are the two most physical teams in the SEC. If last year’s game is any indication, this should be another low-scoring defensive chess match, with the better rushing team winning the game. Death Valley on a Saturday night? Oh, it will be beautiful.
Week 8: Auburn at Texas A&M
Buzz: This could turn into a track meet. TAMU put up 63 points and 671 yards in 2012, and Auburn is still embarrassed about it. This time the game turns to Kyle Field, and offensive fireworks are sure to take center stage.
Week 9: Tennessee at Alabama
Buzz: Okay, this game isn’t as great as it once was, but I’m a sucker for traditional rivalries. Tennessee vs. Alabama screams SEC, and I’ll be tuning in, and not just because there aren’t any other great games that week in the SEC.
Week 10: Florida vs. Georgia
Buzz: Georgia has won two in a row for the first time since the late 80s and is looking to make it three, although Will Muschamp has vowed to end the losing streak this season. Florida-Georgia, tailgating, Jacksonville in November – all of it screams SEC football. Let’s just hope for the sake of the conference that it’s not as ugly as last year’s turnover fest.
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Week 11: LSU at Alabama
Buzz: Year in and year out it turns into a classic game with a classic finish. Last year’s Alabama win in Death Valley brought AJ McCarron to tears. The last time the Tigers ventured into Tuscaloosa, they pulled out a 9-6 high-flying field goal match. What happens in 2013?
Week 12: Florida at South Carolina
Buzz: This game could determine whether South Carolina wins the East or punts. I think Florida could move into second place in the East with a win here, but a win for Carolina would mean so much more. Steve Spurrier against Florida is usually a great game, and Carolina has revenge on the brain after last year’s blowout fiasco.
Week 13: Texas A&M at LSU
Buzz: LSU’s victory over Texas A&M in 2012 kept the Aggies out of Atlanta, and the Ags skip on into Baton Rouge for a taste of an LSU Saturday night. Johnny Manziel egging on the LSU crazies. Oh, the SEC lore.
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Week 14: Clemson at South Carolina
Buzz: With several rivalry games in tow on the last Saturday of the college football season, the one with the most pizzazz is Carolina-Clemson. Why? South Carolina could theoretically be in the national championship hunt, while Clemson is the early season favorite in the ACC. Both teams could be ranked top five in the country when they meet. I’m getting way ahead of myself, but there will be a lot on the line in Columbia for this one, including a possible Heisman for Clemson’s Tajh Boyd. Jadeveon Clowney will end his regular season career terrorizing the Tigers’ soft spread offense.
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