The Southeastern Conference has actually launched the schedule for the 2024 football season … primarily. Particular dates and times have yet to be pin down, however we have the most crucial thing: The matches and the places.
And there’s a lot to take in on that front thinking about the SEC is getting 2 brand-new members in 2024 in Oklahoma and Texas, 2 real college football blue bloods. Their first trip in an SEC that is likewise eliminating departments develops a variety of intriguing video games in between powers that simply have not clashed all that much, or a minimum of not just recently. However there’s a lot of other terrific matches on the schedule in between standard SEC powers, too.
Here are the 10 finest SEC football video games on the 2024 schedule:
10. Auburn at Alabama
The Iron Bowl is regularly among the more intriguing competition matches in the SEC, even if it’s traditionally relatively one-sided. It’s great it’s not disappearing, however, and it will be intriguing to see how Auburn fares vs. Alabama in what ought to be their 2nd season under coach Hugh Freeze.
9. Tennessee at Oklahoma
These groups in fact played a home-and-home series in 2014 and 2015, the latter match seeing Oklahoma– led by Baker Mayfield– phase a rally from 17-0 down to win in Knoxville. This Tennessee team under Josh Heupel appears ascendant and ought to the Vols stay in the upper tier of the SEC this might be an excellent difficulty for Oklahoma.
8. Texas at Arkansas
These long time Southwest Conference competitors who as soon as clashed in among the lots of ” Games of the Century” have not played much in the last thirty years, though they did just recently connect for a 2021 video game that saw Arkansas win in dominant style. Seeing this video game on a more routine basis would be terrific for a sport losing numerous competitions somewhere else.
7. Oklahoma at Ole Miss
What will Oklahoma remain in 2024? The Sooners’ very first season under Brent Venables was likewise their very first losing season considering that 1998. They’ll likely turn it around in 2023 previously striking the SEC … however what if they do not? Will Venables still be the person in charge? The Sooners are relatively at a crossroads and there’s pressure on the long time kings of the Huge 12 to raise their video game prior to signing up with the 16-team SEC. A match like this, vs. Lane Kiffin’s team in Mississippi, is a suggestion that there are couple of “gimmie” video games in their brand-new league.
6. Oklahoma at LSU
Tiger Arena is among the hardest locations to play in college football and LSU appears ahead of schedule under coach Brian Kelly after winning the SEC West in his very first season. Offered his history, by Kelly’s 3rd season the Tigers might be among the much better groups in the whole sport. It’s a substantial difficulty for Oklahoma. An included perk: This will be just the 4th video game these groups have actually ever played; the very first 2 was available in the Sugar Bowl (1950, 2004) and the most current conference remained in the Peach Bowl. LSU won that 2019 video game 63-28 en route to its newest championship game.
5. Oklahoma vs. Texas
The Red River Competition now it Simply Implies More. The 2022 video game at the Cotton Bowl saw Texas drop the hammer for its most significant win in the series ever, 49-0, however prior to that 8 of the last 9 video games were within one rating– and ball games have actually typically been quite high.
4. Alabama at Oklahoma
2 of the real titans of college football, the Crimson Tide and Sooners have actually fulfilled method less than you believe for groups that are continually in the nationwide title conversation. Their 2024 match will be just their seventh conference of all-time (Oklahoma leads the series 3-2-1) and initially considering that the Orange Bowl in December 2018. A home-and-home in 2002-2003 is the only time they have actually used each other’s schools. It’s going to be a cool thing to see.
3. Georgia at Texas
Georgia is presently on top of the college football world and Texas is continuously doing whatever it can to return there. Though it’s been essentially 15 years considering that Texas was really a part of the nationwide title image, the Longhorns stay among the most significant brand names in the sport and a see from a group like Georgia to the 100,000-seat Texas Memorial Arena is must-see television. (These groups have actually just fulfilled 5 times, as soon as in the 21st century and just one home-and-home in 1957-1958.) There’s likewise the Arch Manning aspect: The No. 1 hire and nephew to Peyton and Eli could be (should be?) the Longhorns’ beginning QB in 2024; he was likewise hired by Georgia.
2. Texas at Texas A&M
Growth restores among college football’s terrific competitions, which has actually been inactive considering that Texas A&M signed up with the SEC in 2012. Conference adjustment has actually blown apart a lot of terrific competitions, however reuniting this one is a real win for fans who like to view 2 groups and fan bases that legally do not like each other go head-to-head. The message boards ought to be famous.
1. Georgia at Alabama
Texas and Oklahoma signing up with the SEC is amazing, however that does not suggest the league’s balance of power is going to be altering anytime quickly. Georgia might effectively be the three-time safeguarding nationwide champs when this video game starts. Alabama is Alabama. Though they have actually had significant matches in Atlanta at the SEC national championship and have actually divided a set of nationwide title video game face-offs, this fight of 2 of the sport’s finest programs will mark simply the 3rd time in 18 seasons that Georgia will take a trip to Tuscaloosa. It may be the video game of the year throughout all of college football.