Posted: 9:53 am Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Iron Bowl at top of nation’s conference games this fall 

By Andy Johnston

Chris Davis' shocking return added more lore to the nation's best college football rivalry. (AP photo)

Chris Davis’ shocking return added more lore to the nation’s best college football rivalry. (AP photo)

The start of the season is about two weeks away, so here’s a look at the nation’s top conference games this season.

Auburn at Alabama, Nov. 29

The Iron Bowl is must-see TV because this is the best rivalry in the country. Four of the past five national champs have come out of this game and Auburn just missed making it 5-for-5 last year. These rivals will have a tough time matching 2013’s game for drama.

Baylor at Oklahoma, Nov. 8

The Sooners were left red-faced after their dismal showing in a 41-12 loss at Baylor last year. Bears QB Bryce Petty threw five touchdown passes that night, but might find it tougher this season. Oklahoma is a top 5 team and the game is in Norman.

Stanford at Oregon, Nov. 1

Oregon is a combined 23-3 the past two years. Stanford is responsible for two of those losses. The Cardinal has used power running to negate Oregon’s speed, but Ducks QB Marcus Mariota will be out to change that.

Ohio State at Michigan State, Nov. 8

Michigan State ended the Buckeyes’ 24-game winning streak and national title hopes last year by controlling the fourth quarter to win the Big Ten championship game. They don’t have to win their divisions to meet again.

Georgia at South Carolina, Sept. 13

The Bulldogs and the Gamecocks are the favorites to win the SEC East, so the division title could be decided as early as the second week of September. The edge goes to South Carolina and its home-field advantage. Georgia has lost its past two games there.

Five others

Alabama at LSU, Nov. 8

Oklahoma vs. Texas (Cotton Bowl), Oct. 11

USC at UCLA, Nov. 22

South Carolina at Auburn, Oct. 25

Georgia at Missouri

Tomorrow: Top non-conference games this fall

 

57 comments
gtcaryd
gtcaryd

This is eventually going to turn into a 1 man rock fight, It's a push.

OH-IO
OH-IO

I'm looking forward to Sparty Ducks

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

FSU will have a must see game once they get to a bowl and actually play someone. They are like a top notched marathon runner who takes a cab to the final mile and sprints against others who have raced the entire time.

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

Georgia Auburn will be a better game then Iron Bowl. Bama does not have a QB and the one who is the best of the worst is not the right "type" for the bama nation.

Delbert_D
Delbert_D

Darn. I left out Maty Mauk. He looks to be one of the top returning QBs based on his success while Franklin was out.

Delbert_D
Delbert_D

Kind of early to be hyping November SEC games, especially with Hutson Mason and Bo Wallace being the most *proven* QBs behind Nick Marshall. Let's see how the first month plays out.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

Georgia-Mizzou makes 6-10 and Clemson-FSU doesn't???

UGAJD
UGAJD

Andy - Why Georgia at Missouri, as opposed to Auburn @ UGA?  It seems that the latter is more likely to play a significant role in who goes to the SEC Championship game, for both the East and West.

OH-IO
OH-IO

I'd add dogs Charleston Southern to the list. 

OH-IO
OH-IO

That, and Charleston Southern.  


I've marked my NOVEMBER calendar. 


So has the Committee

OH-IO
OH-IO

@AlternativeDawg


Thank the Lord that the dogs have another oh so vaunted schedule this year too. 

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Delbert_D I agree DD, i thought The Mauk kid was pretty good last year filling in. I think he is going to do well. Watch Derrian Herring on their D,

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@PaulinNH Maybe we should rename our conference the RDC. Rodney Dangerfield 

HowlinDawg
HowlinDawg

@OH-IO Hell, Tech opens with Wofford, followed by Tulane and Georgia Southern and doesn't even play FSU. If that isn't a wimpy schedule, I don't know what is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WDE
WDE

@OH-IO I'll stack Charleston Southern up against Kent or Navy there cry baby...hell you get those cup cakes on top of the cup cakes that are collectively know as the B1G. 

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@OH-IO Don't forget Tech and the Wofford Terriers.

WDE
WDE

@OH-IO by November UGA will have played as many good teams as the Buckeyes have in the  last 3 years...

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

@Obama_Joke @AlternativeDawg  I am just saying that FSU may or may not have 3 titles in the SEC....especially since he suspends his convicts. Remember Deion in the sugar bowl or Peter Warrick in 1999...or that new QB for a few minor things and one major thing.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@gtcaryd 

Clemson-FSU is the only regular season game in 2014 featuring teams who won BCS Bowl games. 

OH-IO
OH-IO

@WDE


Um, Navy was RANKED in the Top 25 last year at the END. 


dogs were not. 

OH-IO
OH-IO

@WDE


The SEC! SEC! has a top few and the rest are cupcakes too. 


The dogs are not in the top few. In fact, middle of the pack. 

OH-IO
OH-IO

@WDE


Ride them coattails. 


Clemson - ?


South Carolina - ?


Auburn - ok


The rest?


BS SEC! SEC! losers

WDE
WDE

@OH-IO and I'm sure the Committee will know that for certain and for sure.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@AlternativeDawg @Obama_Joke They have 3 NC's in the last couple of decades, everybody remembers Dione, one of the greatest athletes of all time, Like Bo Jackson.

P_The_Ricker
P_The_Ricker

@PaulinNH @gtcaryd yes, 2 good teams from last year....but that game was a blow-out and clemson looks to have since taken a step back (due to graduation and early departures), while fsu looks just as strong.

fully believe that fsu will not breeze through their schedule this year as they did last, but there's no telling where that trap or close game will be.  until then, agree that there aren't any highly anticipated conf games for them.

WDE
WDE

@OH-IO @WDE yeah but then we didn't get to spend our whole season playing the cupcakes of the B1G...we damn sure would not have lost 5 games with the Buckeyes schedule you know It I know it heck ever GTCARY knows it.  

OH-IO
OH-IO

@WDE 


Oh, I'll give you Vanderbilt too. 


Haha


Vanderbilt. 

OH-IO
OH-IO

@WDE


There committee will not give a S about an August 30 game - nor a November 22 against the feared Charleston Southern, 

WDE
WDE

@OH-IO @WDE  Want a real laugh look at the B1G that's side splitting right there. Kentucky would beat any of those schools starting with an "I" .

WDE
WDE

@OH-IO @WDE ...face it Charleston Southern is not on the OSU schedule cause you don't have the stones to play them..and Clemson , Clemson is punching above OSU's weight class.

OH-IO
OH-IO

@WDE


Wow. Now that's delusional. Just because the send a shiver upo the dog's spine for a quarter or two you don't have to play the delusional card. But, that's what dogs do. 

OH-IO
OH-IO

@WDE Apparently they're above the dogs, too. At full strength no less. 


Now you riding ACC! ACC! coattails.

Unbecoming

OH-IO
OH-IO

@WDE


We'll see who's in the conversation in November. My bet is the dogs are out of it in September.

WDE
WDE

@OH-IO @WDE man your so predictable anytime your losing a argument you pull out the delusional B.S. All you got to do is play somebody say every other year and then you can bark, bark get it! Well I have to say I've enjoyed our little interlude today..means football is right around the corner and oh year what ever that is ya'll play in the B1G...gotta run.