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The SEC's Top 20 Must-See Games of 2015

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Despite limping through bowl season, the SEC is still the closest thing to the NFL when it comes to college football. In fact, the SEC West's overall poor performance in bowl games could be attributed in part to the physical gauntlet those teams trudged through the regular season.

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As good as the West was last season, it might be even better in 2015. Add in the fact that the SEC East is beginning to resurface and you get a regular season chock-full of intense matchups on a week-to-week basis.

Here is a slew of games that will have SEC fans glued to their TV sets in 2015.

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1. Georgia at Auburn (Nov. 14)

Why not start with two teams expected to meet in Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game? The Deep South's Oldest Rivalry will feature arguably the SEC's two best teams, both equipped with a stable of running backs. Georgia destroyed Auburn 34-7 in 2014, but there's a good chance the Bulldogs haven't forgotten the "Prayer in Jordan-Hare," which took place a year earlier. 

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2. Alabama at Auburn (Nov. 28)

Two weeks after hosting the Bulldogs, Auburn will be met with another immense challenge when the Crimson Tide head east approximately 156 miles. Alabama could take a step back in 2015 but it won't matter in this bitter rivalry. Just as Georgia remembers its ill fate to Auburn two years ago, Alabama will be looking to avoid another "Kick Six."

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3. Alabama at Georgia (Oct. 3)

The Bulldogs and Crimson Tide look similar on paper heading into the season. Both have questions at quarterback and receiver and both have heavy, capable offensive lines leading the way for an NFL-caliber running back. Defensively, both teams are very good up front. It should be an interesting matchup when these two SEC powers collide for the first time since the classic 2012 SEC Championship Game. 

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4. Georgia at Tennessee (Oct. 10)

Despite being atrocious the last several years, Tennessee has been within a possession of beating Georgia every year since 2011. Now, the Vols are climbing the SEC food chain and finally have a roster that might be able to get them over the hump. The Bulldogs and Vols will be coming off physical contests against Alabama and Arkansas, respectively, the week before, so they could be sore when they square off in Knoxville. 

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5. Texas A&M at LSU (Nov. 28)

One could argue this game is too high on the list, but the national media may be overlooking the potential of the Aggies and Bayou Bengals. LSU has pquality depth everywhere besides quarterback and A&M brings back a multitude of starters on both sides the ball. Throw in the fact that former LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis will be returning to Baton Rouge with the Aggies and this could have the makings of a showdown.

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6. Arkansas at Tennessee (Oct. 3)

This is last year's Mississippi State/Ole Miss. Arkansas and Tennessee are two teams that have dwelled near the bottom of the conference standings recently, but are now poised to compete with the SEC's elite. The key matchup will be Arkansas' bruising offensive line against Tennessee's talented front seven. The Vols lead the series all-time 13-4 but Arkansas won the last meeting, 49-7 in Fayetteville in 2011.