Part of being a fan is wanting to see your team win every game. But some games just mean more.
Whether it’s a prime upset opportunity or the chance to knock off a rival, there’s that one game every fan base wants the most.
Here’s a game for each SEC East school that fans likely want to see their team win the most this year.
Florida: at FSU, Nov. 24
Will Muschamp and Jim McElwain did their parts in keeping two big rivalries in Florida’s favor by going a combined 9-5 against Tennessee and Georgia. FSU, however, is another story. This decade has been all about the Seminoles. UF won six in a row from 2004-2009, but Florida State has won seven of the last eight meetings.
With Jimbo Fisher now at Texas A&M, Gator Nation is counting on Mullen to put an end to the Seminoles’ streak of five in a row.
Georgia: vs. Tennessee, Sept. 29
Two words: Hail. Mary.
Georgia fans probably want revenge against Alabama, but we’re working with games that are actually on the schedule. Getting revenge for Jauan Jennings’ miraculous catch of Josh Dobbs’ touchdown pass will have to do for Dawgs fans.
After two years, they can finally set things right in Sanford Stadium.
Kentucky: at Florida, Sept. 8
The Wildcats have a way of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory against UF. After 31 straight losses to the Gators, Big Blue Nation is ready to finally get a win.
Stoops Troops have to travel to The Swamp, but the hostile crowd didn’t seem to get in the way of an upset bid that came oh-so-close in 2014.
Missouri: vs. Georgia, Sept. 22
Last time the Bulldogs came to CoMo, they escaped with a one-point win (28-27). At the time, it was thought to be Jacob Eason’s big moment.
The Tigers can’t exact revenge on Eason, who has transferred to Washington, but the MU faithful would love to avenge the heartbreak at the Zou two years ago. As if the revenge factor isn’t enough, it’s a chance to knock off the defending conference champs.
South Carolina: at Clemson, No. 24
Will Muschamp appears to be fitting in well at South Carolina, but he won’t truly be adored by the Gamecock faithful until he knocks off Clemson. Muschamp has learned to throw some barbs Clemson’s way on the booster club circuit, but he won’t have Steve Spurrier-swag until he knocks off Dabo Swinney’s squad. Just pretend you’re facing Tennessee, Coach Boom.
Tennessee: vs. Alabama, Oct. 20
It wasn’t too long ago that the Volunteers snapped a 10-year losing streak against Florida. They’d be partying like its 1998 on Rocky Top if Jeremy Pruitt knocked off his former boss Nick Saban, snapping Alabama’s 11-game Third Saturday in October winning streak.
Every fanbase wants to beat Bama, but it’s hard to argue anybody wants it more than the Volunteers. The fact that Florida went onto the win division in 2016 took something away from Butch Jones one win over the Gators. But if Tennessee knocked off Alabama, the Vols would savor the victory no matter what happened the rest of the season.
Vanderbilt: vs. Tennessee, Nov. 24
The Commodores currently hold a two-game winning streak over their in-state rivals. No need in slowing down – the Vanderbilt faithful want to see Derek Mason’s squad make it three over the Volunteers. New UT coach Jeremy Pruitt might need to be reminded which team owns the state of Tennessee.