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Top 5 SEC Games in 2013

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Top 5 SEC Games in 2013

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College football fans love non-conference games. Seeing two different leagues line up against each other is usually a talking point on bragging rights for years to come. There's still plenty more of the SEC 2012 season that needs to play itself out, but if you're like me, it's never too early to start looking ahead at the 2013 season.

Sure, players will come and go by then, but the majesty of different programs and conferences doesn't graduate. It's impossible to ignore the lure and charm that certain schools carry with them.

Now it must be said that all of these games are only tentative; confirmed schedules come in the offseason. Games can always be added or taken away for whatever reason, but as things stand right now, all of the games described here are currently on, and it's full steam ahead for these schools to meet on the gridiron.

We've left off of this list, all of the traditional non-conference games. You won't see the Florida Gators - Florida State Seminoles game on this list. You also won't see the South Carolina Gamecocks - Clemson Tigers game. Games that are apart of the normal out of conference rivalry routine aren't included to give fans an idea of what to expect from some of the more special "once in a blue moon" type of series'.

So without any further ado, let's take a look at some of the games that will become hot tickets and DVR hits in the fall of 2013.

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Honorable Mention - Ole Miss @ Texas

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This game was mediocre in 2012, don't tell the fans in Oxford that this game isn't important. What's more, if the Ole Miss Rebels could somehow go to Austin and score a massive upset against the Texas Longhorns, it would be a talking point for SEC fans for years.

The chances are dismal for Ole Miss as they stand right now, but who knows, a lot can happen in between now and next season that could enable the Rebels to look good. Besides, after their quality showing on the road against Alabama, there may be more to this game than meets the eye. Not quite top 5 material on this list, but good enough to at least has some acknowledgement.

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No. 5, Vanderbilt @ Ohio State

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The Vanderbilt Commodores couldn't get a win against the Northwestern Wildcats in 2012, but what a 2013 it would be to go to Columbus against the Ohio State Buckeyes and score a huge win for the SEC.

Gone for Vanderbilt will be Jordan Rodgers and Zac Stacy, and still likely around for the Buckeyes will be Braxton Miller, unless someone can convince him that he'll somehow make it in the NFL after his sophomore year. But not everything revolves around the quarterbacks. Look for this game to at least be a good watch, as Vanderbilt is always a tough opponent.

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No. 4, TCU @ LSU

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A not-so-traditional battle of the SEC and the Big 12 conference, this one could shape up into a classic.

The LSU Tigers are great at home, but the TCU Horned Frogs will feel they have a lot to prove representing their new conference. A great game of regional foes, I see this one as being up in the air in 2013.

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No. 3, Virginia Tech @ Alabama

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For the Virginia Tech Hokies, this game will be everything. It's a chance to knock off the big dog, and they'll throw out everything they have.

For the Alabama Crimson Tide, this will be more like a warm-up. I hate to sound disrespectful, and that isn't at all my intention, but Alabama is a very young team, and they're only going to get better. Look for this game to be big on the viewership scale, not so much as far as the competition.

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No. 2, Tennessee @ Oregon

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Here we go. The Tennessee Volunteers are back on the map, and maybe even more so after this game. If Tyler Bray has a quality game against the Oregon Ducks, he could throw his name into the early season Heisman debate.

There's no question that Tennessee will be capable of winning this game, even on the road. Bray has proven that he isn't phased by big games on the road, and for the chance to prove himself in front of what will certainly be a nationally televised crowd, he shouldn't disappoint.

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No. 1, Georgia @ Clemson

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This game will be a barn-burner. I seriously don't expect Aaron Murray to be the quarterback for the Georgia Bulldogs in this game, but if he is, look out.

Even if he's not, this game shouldn't be so much about the offense as it will be about the defenses. Young players on the Clemson Tigers will have likely settled into their roles very well, especially on the defensive line where most of the starters are currently sophomores. It's obviously too early to say who would win, but if Murray is out, I'd have to give a slight edge to the Tigers.

Dan Irwin is a college football writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @ "danirwin_rant" or on his Facebook page at