The SEC's Top 20 Must-See Games of 2017

Lynette Rowe
August 24, 2017

After exempting myself from selecting Washington (who, obviously, made the Playoff) I selected Florida, victor of the SEC East, Louisville, who was in the hunt into November and UCL.... let's just move on.

The Crimson Tide received 52 of the 61 first place votes in the poll. Chris Davis fielded the short kick and returned it 109 yards for the game-winning touchdown.

Hours before Florida State and Alabama square off, the Gators will open against No. 11 MI (3:30 p.m., ABC) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. App had a 10-3 season previous year and finished with a Camellia Bowl victory but were surprisingly shut out of the season-ending poll.

Undoubtedly, this has been a huge news week for the Alabama football team.

The Razorbacks and Horned Frogs did their best to convince everybody to bring back to the SWC when they staged a thrilling double-overtime game a year ago in Fort Worth. Tennessee will start the season, he 5th for Butch Jones on the UT sideline, ranked 25th.

What to watch for: There are two ways to look at Alabama's Week 10 matchup against LSU. Running back Justin Jackson is one of the nation's more unheralded players, and Garrett Dickerson should be a key piece on offense as well.

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Last season's defensive slugfest saw both teams take a scoreless draw into the fourth quarter.

Perhaps Swinney and Ohio State's Urban Meyer are wrangling to be considered as the top foil of this era for Saban. Gus Malzahn sounded encouraged that Auburn would be a contender at SEC media days.

"Yeah, that's what I said", Guice said.

The Crimson Tide practiced Tuesday afternoon for two hours, which was their final workout before this morning's start to classes at the university. That means the Crimson Tide can't lose more than one early-season game if it intends to make the playoff and sweep the two games that it would take to win another title.

It's not just the rest of the SEC West trying to catch up to Alabama, it's the rest of the country. The Buckeyes edged the Seminoles in total points, 1,414 to 1,396. Although, it's still yet to be seen whether or not he can translate those numbers from the Big 12 to the SEC.

And the AP poll hasn't been a factor in deciding a national champion since the end of 2003, when AP voters split with those from USA Today. Could an improved passing attack be enough to swing the pendulum in the Tigers' favor this year?

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