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|Fall Madness ready for SEC|
You can bet the spotlight will be on the Southeastern Conference once again in the fall.
The schedules have been released and there are several spotlight games against non-conference opponents.
The opening week finds LSU taking on Oregon in Dallas on Sept. 3.
The Ducks, who finished last year as the No. 3 team in the nation, have their sights set even higher this season with a wealth of returning talent.
You can bet both teams will have the center stage for this Labor Day weekend clash.
Georgia hosts Boise State in the Georgia Dome the same day. Mark Richt can quiet the critics right off the bat (or tee) with a big upset win here.
Ole Miss hosts Brigham Young in what should be another entertaining contest.
On Sept. 10, SEC action gets underway as Mississippi State visits Auburn and South Carolina travels to Georgia.
Can Dan Mullen pull off the early upset and have his team the talk of the conference?
The highlight game has Alabama traveling to Penn State.
Alabama can secure what will surely be a top three ranking, while Joe Paterno can make a guess statement for his squad.
Cincinnati plays at Tennessee and Connecticut visits Vanderbilt in a couple of other intriguing contests.
On Thursday, Sept. 15, LSU travels to Mississippi State. The Bulldogs have given the Tigers all they can handle in Starkville on several occasions Don't look for 2011 to be any different under the ESPN lights.
Two days later, Tennessee is at Florida, while Auburn travels to Clemson.
The final Saturday of September finds Arkansas visiting Alabama. No Ryan Mallett or Greg McElroy, but plenty of other talent on board.
LSU visits West Virginia and you can bet the Mountaineers will give the Tigers a battle.
Alabama at Florida will surely be the nation's featured game on October 1.
Auburn at South Carolina and Texas A&M against Arkansas in Dallas will be very good undercards.
On October 8, Florida visits Tiger Stadium in what will surely be a CBS day game. Auburn is at Arkansas, while Georgia visits Tennessee.
The following week Florida is at Auburn, while LSU will make the trip to Tennessee and you can bet the extra play will get a lot of air time in pre-game.
Auburn visits LSU on Oct. 22, with Tennessee making the trip to Alabama and Arkansas going to Ole Miss as the contenders and pretenders will surely start to become separated.
Florida versus Georgia takes center stage two days before Halloween, while South Carolina travels to Tennessee.
The first Saturday of November finds LSU traveling to Alabama in what should be the nation's top contest. South Carolina is at Arkansas.
On Nov. 12, Alabama rides to Mississippi State where wins have been tough for Tide teams.
Tennessee visits Arkansas, while Georgia hosts Auburn with Richt's job possibly on the line.
The following week as LSU at Ole Miss and Mississippi State at Arkansas.
Thanksgiving Friday has Arkansas at LSU and if the past few years are any indication, no one will be leaving their television screen early.
The Iron Bowl matchup of Alabama at Auburn is back on Saturday, while Florida State at Florida will have huge implications in the national picture on the final Saturday of November. Clemson is at South Carolina, while Ole Miss at Mississippi State and Georgia at Georgia Tech rounds out a big weekend for possible shakeups heading into the SEC Championship game the following week.
LSU faces nine teams that competed in bowl games last year. Sure, that may have been more impressive 10 years ago when there weren't bowls games out of the wazoo.
But the Tigers do play five teams who were in the top 25 last year.
If you thought March Madness was crazy, just wait until the college football season kicks off.
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