We like to come up with these phrases when talking college football. There are “sandwich games,” “trap games.” “sleeper games,” “purpose games.”
Lately, the venacular has supplied us with this.
The Swing Games.
Every team has one, the game that’s something of a toss-up that will either slingshot a team to greatness or act like buzzkill for the season.
In the SEC, here are the swing games:
Alabama — at Arkansas, Sept. 25. The Tide has to win this game to make the Florida game the following week matter.
Arkansas — at Georgia, Sept. 18. The first test for the Razorbacks is going to tell us a lot about where they are headed.
Auburn — LSU, Oct. 23. We’ll know a lot about these teams by the time they play and much more after this game.
Florida — at Alabama, Oct. 2. Win this game and you are a national title contender.
Georgia –Arkansas, Sept. 18. The SEC landscape will be drastically changed.
Kentucky — At Ole Miss, Oct. 2. Winnable game for team trying to get to a bowl game.
LSU — North Carolina, Sept. 4. Face it, a loss here could make for a long season for Les Miles.
Mississippi — Kentucky, Oct. 2. The Rebels could be 5-0 with a win heading into the tough part of schedule.
Mississippi State — Auburn, Sept. 9. This is the first of a difficult three-game stretch for the Bulldogs.
South Carolina — at Auburn, Sept. 25. Georgia is a big game but this is the swing game.
Tennessee — at South Carolina, Oct. 30. If the Vols are going to finish at .500, they need this one.
Vanderbilt — There are no swing games for Vandy.