Looking ahead to the SEC’s week one schedule for 2014

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Last year, the SEC’s week one schedule was an electrifying out-of-conference extravaganza.

Related: SEC Spring game schedule

This year, two different conference games are featured the first week of the season, with Arkansas traveling to Auburn and Texas A&M opening the season at South Carolina on the new SEC Network.

Conference Games

Texas A&M at South Carolina, August 28th
Opening night: This is the conference game that officially kicks off the SEC Network. Sure, I’d love to see Johnny Manziel and Connor Shaw play head-to-head, but maybe we’ll get to see that on Sundays one day. The Aggies and Gamecocks will have new quarterbacks directing the offense led by an up-and-coming star in Kevin Sumlin against a seasoned and salty Steve Spurrier.

Related: 2014 SEC Strength of Schedule

Arkansas at Auburn, August 30th
A tale of two teams: Auburn and Arkansas seem to be heading in different directions as programs. Bret Bielema will try and turn over a new leaf for the Hogs, while Gus Malzahn will try and continue Auburn’s impressive revival.

Intriguing Non-conference Games

Ole Miss vs. Boise State (Atlanta), August 28th
Get it started: The last time Boise played an SEC team, they took down Georgia in Atlanta 35-21. Now, the Broncos get a shot at Ole Miss, who could be a darkhorse contender. The rest of the SEC will know right away what to expect of Ole Miss after seeing the Rebels take on Boise State.

Clemson at Georgia, August 30th
Rematch: Clemson outlasted Georgia in 2013, and the Bulldogs now get their chance with a loaded roster looking for revenge. Clemson lost QB Tajh Boyd and WR Sammy Watkins and will rebuild the offense.

Alabama vs. West Virginia (Atlanta), August 30th
Rewind two years: Alabama scheduled West Virginia when they looked like an up-and-coming team, not the 4-8 disaster we saw last season. The schedule actually works in Alabama’s favor, as the Tide look to make another run at a championship, starting with the Mountaineers. Nick Saban is a West Virginia native.

LSU vs. Wisconsin (Houston), August 30th
SEC vs. Big Ten: Two upper-tiered teams in their respective conferences will do work in Houston to start the season. Wisconsin is figured to be a very good team, and LSU will be replacing some key components on offense.

Utah State at Tennessee, August 30th
Underrated game: Tennessee and Utah State create an interesting matchup, and Butch Jones’ club once again has a brutal schedule. So, beating the Aggies will be virtually a must in order for the Vols to play in a bowl game. There aren’t many gimmies on the 2014 schedule, and Utah State certainly isn’t one of them.

Other week one non-conference games:

  • Idaho at Florida, August 30th
  • UT Martin at Kentucky, August 30th
  • Southern Miss at Mississippi State, August 30th
  • South Dakota State at Missouri, August 30th
  • Temple at Vanderbilt, August 28th

COMMENTS

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  • Is Georgia having to go to Clemson again?

  • Georgia will host Clemson. Nice to see Ole Miss will be playing in the Georgia Dome for the first time.

    • Haha. Nice one. We just wanna get used to the locker rooms because we’re gonna be there a lot in early Dec. over the next several years.

      • ^^^^BAHAHAHAHA^^^^ Yeah Right!!!

      • The webels will never see the inside of the locker room at the ga dome in November. It ain’t happenin!

        • Yea because Dak Prescott and his below 50% completion average will be running the slate, huh?

        • At least dak doesn’t cough up the ball up like its teh flu. Just a reminder… what mississippi qb fumbled just inches away from the endzone in overtime and cost his team the game?

        • I think it’s a realistic possibility. Not a lot. But I believe we could make it once or twice if our cards are dealt perfectly in each game. Same for State, as much as I hate to say it. Just have to find our rhythm and stay on it. Can’t afford to have blunders like the Egg Bowl for us last year.

        • Daniel you remember Jevan Snead? He entered his last season at OM as a dark horse heisman contender, and they said if his completion % and interception rate improves, Ole Miss could win a national championship. He had better stats than Dak Prescott.

      • I don’t know if all those players have plans of working as janitors in the georgia dome. Bold prediction.

        • It’s really funny hearing MSU fans talk about Ole Miss. At least Ole Miss is working its way toward the top of the SEC while MSU just barely has a .500 record every year, and that’s when they are suppose to be good. Ole Miss will continue to bring in top recruiting classes while MSU continues to load up on 2 and 3 star recruits.

        • And yet who has won 4 of the last 5 egg bowls? Mississippi State. Who has actually been to the georgia dome to play a game? Mississippi State. I wasn’t talking MSU up, but you can’t compare a school that is struggling just to beat us lol.

  • I like seeing that more and more teams are opening up games with an opponent that isn’t a cupcake