Three brand new SEC games will happen during the conference’s opening week of play. One of the three pits two permanent cross-divisional rivals for the first time, and it creates an interesting future dynamic.
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Here’s a look at the three:
Alabama vs. West Virginia (Atlanta)
Let’s give Alabama a rope here – the Tide scheduled the Mountaineers when the program was looking up, compared to their measly 4-8 record in 2013. Nick Saban is a West Virginia native and was a defensive assistant there from 1978-79. Most figure this to be a blowout. Can the Mountaineers even keep it close against the Tide?
Texas A&M at South Carolina
Though South Carolina and Texas A&M are now permanent cross-division rivals, the two have never played against one another, and this game kicks off the college football season on August 28. And it kicks off the SEC’s Network coverage. Connor Shaw vs. Johnny Manziel would have been fun, but rather, Dylan Thompson and either Kyle Allen or Kenny Hill will headline the quarterbacks. Who will win the first new SEC bout of the year? The Gamecocks are around 11-point favorites.
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Ole Miss vs. Boise State (Atlanta)
The last time Boise State played an SEC team in Atlanta, the Broncos dismantled the Georgia Bulldogs. Ole Miss hopes that won’t happen on opening night, and we’ll know exactly who the Rebels are that first night. No, Boise isn’t a Power 5 opponent, but they’re a legitimate measuring stick for the Rebels.
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