Four SEC games that could scramble your preseason predictions
SEC football is nearly here, and the time for tailgating and drinking brews is about to kick back up again.
Every single SEC game will impact the season, but these four could totally scramble your preseason predictions this season:
Texas A&M at South Carolina, week 1
Why: With Texas A&M road tripping to South Carolina week one, several things could happen. If the Aggies pull off the win, it means they will finish better than the projected fifth or sixth in the West. Similarly, should South Carolina dig themselves in a hole early in the season, they may not recover by week three against Georgia. We’re going to learn a lot about both teams week one, and the Gamecocks are a 10.5-point favorite entering the game. Should the Aggies pull the shocker in Williams-Brice on opening night, it would result in a shakeup in both divisions.
Florida at Alabama, week 4
Why: Nobody expects Florida to rebound and win the division from last year’s 4-8 record, but what if they did? What if the Gators went on the road to Tuscaloosa and pulled out the win? That would mean that Alabama likely won’t play in Atlanta, and it means the Gators could be the biggest turnaround team in the country, trying to mimic what Auburn accomplished last season. No, I’m not calling an upset, but should Florida shock the South, this would surely scramble your perfect pick ‘em game that week…and your preseason predictions of Florida finishing third or fourth in the SEC East.
Auburn at Georgia, week 12
Why: Not only is this one of the biggest rivalry games the conference has for 2014, but both teams are projected in the top two in their divisions from nearly every media outlet. Knowing this one is in November, it could make or break either team, and UGA is looking for a little revenge this season, thanks to the tipped pass heard ‘round the world.
Auburn at Alabama, week 14
Why: The SEC West runs through the Iron Bowl again, and any other team coming out of nowhere is certainly a shock. On the heels of last year’s epic game, it likely can’t get better, but it could all be for not only a shot in the SEC Championship, but a shot for the College Football Playoff as well. The two best teams in the SEC hooking up will ruin your team, and you’re bound to lose some money prior to the game betting. Plus, any written article that leaves out the Iron Bowl as an impact game is just ludicrous, okay?