Top 10 SEC vs. Non-Conference Games for 2013
The SEC conference schedule is about as brutal as it gets in all of college football. It is truly a gauntlet from August through November. Some schools in the SEC go out of their way to add to an already rigorous schedule by adding non-conference matchups against some of the best teams from leagues such as the ACC, Big 10, The Big XII, and the Pac-12.
Here is a look at the best games versus non-SEC opponents.
- LSU vs. TCU August 31 (Arlington, TX)
- Mississippi State vs. Oklahoma State August 31 (Houston, TX)
- Ole Miss @ Texas September 14
- South Carolina vs. Clemson November 30
- Florida vs. Florida State November 30
- Florida @ Miami September 7
- South Carolina vs. North Carolina August 31
- Alabama vs. Virginia Tech August 31 (Atlanta, GA)
- Georgia @ Clemson August 31
- Tennessee @ Oregon September 14.
There are some great games lined up this year in and out of conference. Which game are you most excited to see? Kicking off football season with LSU and TCU isn't as exciting as Michigan taking on Alabama was supposed to be last year; key word supposed to be. The Gators playing Toledo will probably have a closer final score than that ended up to be though.
That game, along with many others, just goes to show you that pre-season rankings and hype are really complete guesses. How many times has Florida State been predicted to win the National Championship in pre-season magazines and polls? Well, we all know how that's worked out. FSU being "back" is becoming a known punch line.
Although Florida usually gets blasted for not opening up their schedule to the likes of the Big XII, Big Ten, and the WAC; this season they have really got as many non-conference headliners as anyone else in the SEC. To play the full gauntlet of the SEC schedule - LSU in Baton Rouge, Georgia in Jacksonville, South Carolina in Columbia, and then to host FSU and travel to Miami shows guts. Sure, Miami may not be what they once were, but no one knew that would be the case when this game was scheduled several years ago, either.
All in all, the SEC has a lot of games to prove that they aren't an overrated conference long before bowl season, and it all starts in 65 days.