Ranking the SEC's top non-conference games

Here is a fun exercise on the Monday before the start of training camp. Let's take the best non-conference game from each of the 14 SEC schedules and rank them in terms of potential entertainment value. No right or wrong here. If you disagree, just tell me how.

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Here's the list. Enjoy.

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1--Auburn vs. Washington, Sept. 1 Atlanta: Both will be in a lot of preseason Top 10s and both have proven quarterbacks who have played in big games. Washington desperately needs a win as the Pac-12 standard bearer. Huge CFP implications for both teams.

2--Clemson at Texas A&M, Sept. 8: Second game in the Jimbo Fisher era in College Station. Clemson, a preseason top five team, is absolutely loaded. Kyle Field will be rocking.

3--LSU vs. Miami, Sept. 1, Arlington, Tex.: Can't tell you how badly LSU's Ed Orgeron needs to win this game. A loss would create a lot of tension in Baton Rouge, especially with a trip to Auburn coming up on Sept. 15. The 'Canes are picked to win the ACC Coastal again.

4--Tennessee vs. West Virginia, Sept. 1 , Charlotte: With quarterback Will Grier, West Virginia might have the best offense in the Big 12. Big opening test test for Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee's rookie head coach.

5--South Carolina at Clemson, Nov. 24: Did I mention that Clemson was loaded? I expect Clemson to be undefeated going into this game.

6--Florida at Florida State, Nov. 24: Two first-year head coaches--Dan Mullen and Willie Taggart--will both need a win for recruiting.

7--Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech, Sept. 1, Houston: First team to 50 wins.

8--Alabama vs. Louisville, Sept. 1, Orlando:  If Louisville's Lamar Jackson was back, we might have something to talk about. Tide Rolls big.

9--Mississippi State at Kansas State, Sept. 8: Kansas State returns its entire offensive line from an 8-5 team. First real test for new Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead against a future Hall of Famer in Bill Snyder.

10--Missouri at Purdue, Sept. 15: Purdue won four of its last five games last season under Jeff Brohm. Boilermakers picked fourth in Big Ten West.

11--Georgia Tech at Georgia, Nov. 24, Athens: Pretty good chance Georgia will be getting ready to play in the SEC championship game when "Clean Old-Fashioned Hate" resumes at Sanford Stadium.

12--Kentucky at Louisville, Nov. 24:  Louisville has won six of its last seven meetings with the Wildcats.

13--Vanderbilt at Notre Dame, Sept. 15: Vanderbilt's third-ever meeting with Notre Dame. Notre Dame won 41-0 at home in 1995 and 14-7 in Nashville in 1996.

14--Arkansas at Colorado State, Sept. 8:  Hogs could have trouble with Mike Bobo's offense, which averaged 492 yards a game last season.

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