SEC Debate: Which game will define the 2015 SEC football season?
Just like every year, 2015 will have some awesome games that will shape the season. Every year, we see crucial SEC East and West games with incredible outcomes define the season.
Both leagues are essentially wide open, and no matter which game you are predicting to be the most impactful, another game will arise this season to steal its thunder.
Which game will define the 2015 SEC football season?
Brad Crawford (@BCrawfordSDS): Alabama at Georgia
Alabama’s road trip to Athens in October will define both seasons for what I consider the odds-on favorites in each division. The game is early enough (Oct. 3) to determine poll position at the top and serves as a confidence booster heading into the season’s pivotal second half. I’m excited for the Derrick Henry vs. Nick Chubb matchup that will be the lead storyline heading into this one. Oh, and College GameDay will likely be in town too.
Christopher Smith (@CSmithSDS): The SEC Championship
The Iron Bowl and Tennessee-Georgia may be the two biggest regular-season games. But, unlike the last two years, when we assumed the winner of the SEC West would waltz into the postseason, I think the December showdown in Atlanta will define the 2015 season. Will this be the year UGA finally justifies lofty preseason expectations? Can Tennessee or Florida bounce back faster than anticipated and take the conference? Will Mizzou finally finish the deal and get an SEC crown? Or is it same ol’, same ol’, with Alabama or Auburn dominating?
Jon Cooper (@JonSDS): Georgia at Tennessee
2015’s most impactful game is going straight through the SEC East: Georgia at Tennessee. The Bulldogs host Alabama the week before the road trip to Knoxville, and UT-UGA is usually a close game. Tennessee has everyone’s attention ahead of the season, and UGA has arguably the most prolific player in college football in Nick Chubb. Nonetheless, if Tennessee is going to revive the program, it has to beat Florida and Georgia, no exceptions. And for UGA, many are pointing to the Bulldogs having the East’s best returning team. Whichever team loses this one will likely be out of the SEC East race, but whichever team wins could beat the SEC West in Atlanta.
Brett Weisband (@WeisbandSDS): Tennessee vs. Alabama
If the Volunteers are really going to be a threat in the SEC and possibly in the national picture in 2015, their matchup with Alabama on Oct. 24 in Tuscaloosa will be the time the prove it. You could make a strong argument for the Vols’ game two weeks before this one, at home against Georgia, which could carry all kinds of divisional and tiebreaker implications. The SEC East has been a mess the last several years though, with the division champ dropping some head scratchers each year. How Tennessee fares against its traditional SEC West opponent will be much more indicative of what kind of team they are. If the East is going to be painted Orange and White in 2015, this is the game that will determine it.