SEC's best games: Nos. 25-21
Published: Monday, June 17, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, June 17, 2013 at 2:25 p.m.
This is the first part of a five-part series produced exclusively for Gatorsports.com ranking the top 25 games involving SEC teams in the 2013 college football season.
No. 25. Tennessee at Oregon
Sept. 17, Eugene, Ore.
OK, Butch Jones. You've said all the right things and made recruiting noise now let's see what happens when you take your team all the way across the country to face Oregon's dynamic offense and the crazy fans at Autzen Stadium. This could get ugly, or the Vols could show us they weren't as bad as last year's record.
Early line: Oregon by 25.
No. 24. Ole Miss at Mississippi State
Nov. 28, Starkville, Miss.
Who knows what will have happened by this time of the season, but this Thanksgiving night game could be a big one for Dan Mullen. The Egg Bowl is always big between these two schools, but Mullen has added an edge to the rivalry.
Early line: Ole Miss is favored by 6½ points.
No. 23. Ole Miss at Texas
Sept. 14, Austin, Texas
This kind of feels like a program ascending against a program declining. This could be a make-or-break year for Mack Brown in Austin. Hugh Freeze surprised everyone with his first season in Oxford, but can he keep it going?
Early line: Texas is favored by eight.
No. 22. Auburn at LSU
Sept. 21, Baton Rouge, La.
This rivalry game has lost some of the luster, but the battle of the Tigers could have some oomph added if Gus Malzahn can get the Auburn offense going. What better test than a visit to Tiger Stadium?
Early line: LSU is favored by 18.
No. 21. North Carolina at South Carolina
Aug. 29, Columbia, S.C.
Steve Spurrier mentioned Gamecock fans would rather see this game than South Carolina-Missouri when denouncing a nine-game SEC schedule. So would we. It's a battle of two coaches who used to call ball plays at UF. North Carolina coach Larry Fedora was Ron Zook's offensive coordinator.
Early line: South Carolina is favored by 12.