Five best SEC rematches to watch for in 2014
During the 2013 season the SEC featured some of college football’s most exciting games. Whether it was seemingly every Auburn game, Johnny Manziel against Alabama or the annual rivalry games throughout the conference, it’s guaranteed that the SEC will have heart-pounding gridiron action.
Thankfully, with the upcoming season SEC fans have the pleasure of watching these matchups again. There are many marquee games in conference play for 2014, but which rematches will be the best to see in 2014? We’ve got you covered.
Alabama at LSU – Nov. 8
Any night game at LSU is worth a watch Yes, the time hasn’t been officially set yet, but you can go ahead and make plans to take this game in at 8 p.m. EST on Nov. 8.
Alabama – LSU has been a must-watch matchup for the past few seasons. Without fail, it seems these two teams are always undefeated and battling for a berth in the SEC Championship every time they face off. Since the BCS Championship rematch in 2012, Alabama has had LSU’s number. This season, Alabama initially seems to be the more talented team, but with a night game at Tiger Stadium, absolutely anything can happen.
In the unlikely scenario that this game is one-sided, it’ll still be worth it to watch just to take in one of the best environments in all of college football.
Auburn at Georgia – Nov. 15
The Georgia Bulldogs were one play away from capturing an upset win on the road against Auburn last season. We all know how that game ended, though, with a botched defensive play that led to a miracle hail mary touchdown for Auburn.
Despite the heartbreak of losing that game, Georgia has positioned itself to exact revenge on of its biggest rivals in 2014. This rematch will feature two of the best offenses in the SEC as Georgia looks to create a little magic of their own in Sanford Stadium on Nov. 15.
Georgia at South Carolina – Sept. 13
In what has become one of the best early season games in college football, the Georgia Bulldogs and South Carolina Gamecocks will face off in Columbia, SC on Sept. 13.
Last year, the Bulldogs broke a three-game losing streak against South Carolina, but this matchup has been tough to predict in recent years. Since 2007, games have been decided by 11 points or less six of the past seven years. This game will also feature three of the top SEC running backs in Mike Davis, Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. Combine that with one of the most underrated venues in Williams-Brice Stadium and you have a top rematch in the making.
Auburn at Alabama – Nov. 29
After last year’s improbable ending, chances are the 2014 Iron Bowl won’t match the excitement of 2013. But that doesn’t mean this year’s rematch can’t be one of the best games of the season.
The Iron Bowl is a spectacle every year as one of college football’s best rivalries. Much like last year, both Auburn and Alabama figure to be at the top of the SEC, so not only will this game feature a great rivalry, but there will probably be an SEC Championship berth on the line as the Iron Bowl looks to add another exciting chapter to its history.
Missouri at South Carolina – Sept. 27
During their unexpected run of winning the SEC East in just their second year with the conference, Missouri’s matchup against South Carolina in 2013 was one to remember.
It was a two-overtime thriller that ended poorly for Missouri after they missed a 24-yard FG. Although it left a sour taste in their mouths, the Tigers will find themselves competing for another SEC East title along with South Carolina.
More importantly for Missouri, this game will mark the first real test for the Tigers and it’ll serve as a litmus test to see if the 2014 Missouri squad can match last year’s exciting season..
It’s been a short history between these two teams, but after last year’s classic, it has all the makings of a great divisional rivalry for years to come.