2014 SEC schedule: Five revenge games
“If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?” –William Shakespeare
Revenge is on the brain for several SEC teams. Florida is looking for revenge against someone for their four-win 2013 season; payback is on the mind. Arkansas is looking for revenge from their embarrassing three-win season, which saw the Hogs lose nine straight games, including every SEC game, to close to the season.
How sweet revenge would be for these five teams to taste victory in 2014:
1. Auburn at Alabama, week 14
The ‘Kick-Six’ heard ‘round the college football world changed the national championship picture in one second. The SEC West could go straight through the Iron Bowl again, only this time it returns to Tuscaloosa. The state of Alabama has played in five straight national championships, winning four of them, and it continues to be the Mecca of college football. Alabama is seeking revenge and looking to avenge all of the hate that :01 produced. The lore of Nick Saban wanting one second on the clock, to Chris Davis’ Kick-Six return will live on forever. The turn of events that took place in the second half made it college football’s game of the year, and the Crimson Tide have revenge on the brain.
2. Auburn at Georgia, week 12
Ricardo Louis’ tipped touchdown catch, which would be many programs’ best play in history, wasn’t even the best play in a month for Auburn. The Tigers were thumping the Bulldogs 37-17 before Aaron Murray took over the game and led Georgia, gashed chin and all, on three straight scoring drives for the one-point lead 38-37. And then the unthinkable happened – sorry to gut you again, Georgia fans. Nick Marshall’s pass was tipped by Josh Harvey-Clemons and Tray Matthews, and Ricardo Louis hauled in the 73-yard pass to win the game with 25 seconds on the clock. I’m out of breath! Needless to say, Georgia is looking for some revenge in Athens this year.
3. Tennessee at South Carolina, week 10
For the third straight year, South Carolina watched the SEC Championship from the same place you and I did: the couch. Despite three straight 11-win seasons and three straight years of beating the eventual SEC East division winner, Steve Spurier’s Gamecocks failed to make it to Atlanta. Why? They lost to 5-7 Tennessee in Knoxville. The Vols had the 17-7 halftime lead, but Carolina came storming back with two third-quarter touchdowns for the 21-17 lead. However, Tennessee gutted South Carolina on a last-second field goal as time expired 23-21. Spurrier hates Tennessee, and he and his Gamecocks are looking to rub some dirt in Tennessee’s face for spoiling their chance to get to Atlanta.
4. Missouri at South Carolina, week 5
If you said your name was Connor Shaw in the state of Missouri they’d buy you a beer or 10. To Missouri, Connor Shaw leaves a lasting memory of a once-Missouri dominated game that only lead to a double overtime loss on a missed field goal. South Carolina was down 17 before Shaw entered the game in the fourth quarter, and he did his best Superman impression, throwing for 201 yards and three touchdowns. The Tigers are 0-2 against the Gamecocks in as many years, and they are looking to get some revenge after USC handed Mizzou their only regular season loss.
5. Mississippi State at Ole Miss, week 14
2014 is an odd year for the Egg Bowl. Usually, either Ole Miss is up and MSU is down, or MSU is up and Ole Miss is down. They’re never up the same year, but this season is an anomaly. Both teams’ fan bases are ecstatic about the possibility of their team becoming a darkhorse contender this season. Maybe it’ll happen; maybe it won’t. But one thing’s for certain: they have to beat each other. MSU’s emotional 17-10 overtime win rekindled the Dan Mullen fire. Both teams have veteran and impactful quarterbacks; both teams think they can surprise the division, but Ole Miss and Bo Wallace have revenge on the mind after fumbling it away in the overtime loss.