You don’t need to hear Al Pacino’s speech from “Any Given Sunday” to know that anything can happen when two teams step onto the gridiron. In the SEC, where teams cannibalize each other and damage bowl hopes on a weekly basis, upsets happen with regularity.
Let’s run back the five biggest SEC vs. SEC upsets from 2014.
5. Mississippi State 34, No. 8 LSU 29
At the time, this looked like a much bigger upset than it turned out to be. Mississippi State came into Death Valley unranked, facing an LSU defense that was coming off two straight shutouts. Dak Prescott and Josh Robinson dominated the Tigers from the opening kickoff, and the Bulldogs rushed for more than 300 yards against LSU. While State had to hold off LSU in a dramatic, last-minute comeback bid, this win launched them on their path to No. 1 in the country.
4. No. 24 South Carolina 38, No. 6 Georgia 35
This is a game that looked more confusing as the season went along. South Carolina began the season ranked in the top 10, but dropped toward the bottom of the polls after an opening night loss and a slugfest in their first non-conference game against East Carolina. The Gamecocks took Georgia’s best shot and kept punching back throughout the game, and even recovered from a late turnover that looked like a dagger. Carolina couldn’t stop Todd Gurley all night, but for some reason the Bulldogs didn’t go to him at the goal line late, allowing the Gamecocks to escape with their best win of the season while damaging Georgia’s SEC chances.
3. Florida 38, No. 11 Georgia 20
Another head-scratching Georgia loss, this one the nail in their SEC East coffin. Florida was coming off an embarrassing loss to Missouri in its homecoming game, and everyone assumed Georgia would wipe the floor with the Gators in the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. Instead, Florida came out and steamrolled the Bulldogs, throwing just six passes while daring Georgia to stop the rushing attack. They couldn’t, and Florida got it’s first win in the rivalry since 2010.
2. Arkansas 30, No. 8 Ole Miss 0
Arkansas was coming off a shutout win over LSU, its first SEC win in nearly two calendar years, but few expected the downtrodden Razorbacks to pull a second consecutive upset over a ranked team. Not only did Arkansas do that, they recorded another shutout, the first time an unranked team has ever shut out two consecutive ranked opponents. The Razorbacks beat down Ole Miss and specifically quarterback Bo Wallace, whom they knocked out of the game briefly with an ankle injury.
1. Texas A&M 41, No. 3 Auburn 38
The Aggies were dead in the water heading to the Plains of Auburn. They came in having gotten smoked in their three previous SEC games and were giving Kyle Allen his second career start on the road after a lackluster performance the week before. Texas A&M came out and surprised Auburn from the first quarter, putting up 28 points in the first half. The Aggies forced two fumbles down the stretch to hold off a Tigers comeback. The loss ended Auburn’s hopes at the playoffs, knocking them out of the top 10 as well.