I really like the Mizzou vs Florida pick. While I am a fan of good defenses, it should be interesting to see two teams with a more offensive minded approach duke it out within the SEC. Not that there are not some very good offenses in the SEC, over half the SEC's offenses are under-rated because of the focus the national sports media (with good reason) put on the Conference's defenses. Just my humble opinion, but good pick, and not one I would have thought about as a game to look forward to.
This week, we at MrSEC.com are unveiling the 50 SEC games yours truly is most interested in watching in 2012. For a description of how the games were chosen, scroll down the homepage and read Part One of our countdown.
For now, just know that we’re going through the schedule week-by-week with the least-interesting games of that weekend listed sooner and the most-interesting games listed later. Now, on with the list:
Week Ten (weekend of November 3rd)
20. Missouri at Florida — Gary Pinkel brings a spread attack to Gainesville to face Will Muschamp’s increasingly pro-style attack as these two East foes square off for the first time. In an “anything goes” SEC East, the winner could lead the division… or be sitting at .500.
19. Texas A&M at Mississippi State — Over/under on Jackie Sherrill interviews for the week leading up to this game: 99.5. Dan Mullen’s Bulldogs are expected to don all-white at home in tribute to State’s 43-41 2000 “Snow Bowl” win over A&M in the Independence Bowl.
18. Vanderbilt at Kentucky — Will Joker Phillips’ job be on the line? Will James Franklin have lived up to the hype created by his first campaign in Nashville?
17. Alabama at LSU — Okay, if we weren’t going through these games week-by-week, there’s no doubt LSU/Bama would be #2 overall on our list. Two months before the season, this rematch of January’s BCS title game looks to be the must-see game of the SEC’s regular season.
Week Eleven (weekend of November 10th)
16. Vanderbilt at Ole Miss — Though no one seems to care but this writer and a few fans in Oxford and Nashville, this game has been played 86 times and is one of the SEC’s oldest rivalries. Unfortunately for the Rebels, the Dores have won two in a row and five of the last seven meetings between the schools.
15. Georgia at Auburn — The single oldest football rivalry in the Deep South and in the SEC (115 games played). Could one or both of these coaches be on the hot seat… or in the catbird seat by this point of the season?
14. Arkansas at South Carolina — The Razorbacks have beaten the Gamecocks in five of the last six meetings and will want to keep that roll going as the schools end their annual cross-division rivalry (with UA picking up Missouri and USC grabbing Texas A&M next season). If Alabama and LSU live up to their billing, this game could decide who is the third best team in the SEC overall.
13. Texas A&M at Alabama — Two of the winningest programs in history meet in the first “Bear Bryant Bowl” under an SEC banner. That’s reason enough to pique my (and probably Gene Stallings’) interest.
Week Twelve (weekend of November 17th) — Ugh. And you thought Week One was bad. Look at some of the non-conference opponents on tap for this weekend: Western Carolina, Alabama A&M, Jacksonville State, Georgia Southern, Samford, Wofford and Sam Houston State. No wonder CBS and ESPN have asked the SEC for better games. Just embarrassing.
12. Syracuse at Missouri — A national title bout? Nope, but the type of intersectional non-conference game we like to see (if Mizzou hadn’t played Arizona State last year, we’d have listed Tigers-Sun Devils back on September 15th as being more unusual/interesting than this one).
11. Tennessee at Vanderbilt — See the write-up for Kentucky-Vanderbilt above and insert Derek Dooley’s name for Joker Phillips’. Also, there figures to be some bad blood remaining from last year’s controversial ending and the Vols’ subsequent postgame (caught on tape) celebration.
We’ll pick up with Week Thirteen tomorrow and count down from 10 through 1.
For a complete look at the SEC’s grid schedule, click right here.