In the SEC, you can’t win a conference or even a divisional title in September. But you can sure lose one.
The teams in the SEC have their usual interesting non-conference games in the month, but it’s those games against their brethren that will get most of the focus as the season gets serious.
Here are five to keep an eye on in September:
- Georgia at South Carolina, Sept. 8.
The Gamecocks may be able to make a run at a division title, but they probably can’t be taken seriously if they can’t win this game at home in the second week of the season. This has been a traditionally tough game for the Bulldogs, who need to keep the momentum going from last season.
- Texas A&M at Alabama, Sept. 22.
OK, Jimbo Fisher, you wanted the SEC and now you get it in its full glory. The Aggies will be looking for a statement game while the Tide will be looking to show who is still boss.
- Florida at Mississippi State, Sept. 29.
Dan Mullen has already declared this game to be the biggest ever in the state of Mississippi, which may be going a little far. But there will be tons of emotion when he returns home.
- LSU at Auburn, Sept. 15.
This will be more about the loser than the winner. A loss would cripple Auburn’s hopes early as it tries to win the division for a second straight year. An LSU loss starts the Ed Orgeron Watch.
- Georgia at Missouri, Sept. 22.
The Tigers have only one conference game in the month of September, so you know they will be putting everything into this game.