SEC's best games: Nos. 15-11
Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:04 p.m.
This is the third 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. 15. LSU vs. TCU
Aug. 31, Arlington, Texas
Les Miles has his work cut out for him trying to replace a bevy of stars who left early for the NFL, but he always seems to have his team ready to play in these tough opening games. It will be interesting to see if TCU has a crowd advantage in this cavernous stadium.
Early line: LSU by 4.
No. 14. FSU at Florida
Nov. 30, Gainesville
This could be a huge game on the national scene by the time we get to the end of the year, but even if it is not, there will be no love lost. Florida thumped the Seminoles last year in Tallahassee to add to the heat of this game.
Early line: Florida by 2.
No. 13. Ole Miss at Vanderbilt
Aug. 29, Nashville, Tenn.
Outsiders may see this as a game between SEC also-rans, but inside the conference fans know that the winner has taken a huge step and the loser has to regroup quickly. These were two big surprise teams in 2012 and both have high hopes for 2013.
Early line: Ole Miss by 4.
No. 12. Florida at Miami
Sept. 7, Miami Gardens
This is the last time these two teams will play for a long time, which only adds to a heated rivalry. It's Miami's chance to declare it's relevancy in the world of college football. For Florida, it's important for recruiting and to get momentum going for a long stretch run of SEC games.
Early line: Florida by 2½ points.
No. 11. Alabama at Auburn
Nov. 30, Auburn, Ala.
The most intense rivalry in college football is always a big deal, and if everything goes as planned for the Tide, it could be a major stumbling block in its pursuit of a third national title in four years. This is a game you live with for 365 days.
Early line: Alabama by 24.