Honorable Mention: - Texas A&M at Louisiana Tech (Aug. 30), Texas A&M at SMU (Sep. 15), Washington at LSU (Sep. 8), Tennessee vs N.C. State (Aug. 31 in Atlanta),
Ole Miss plays host to three teams from the Lone Star State in Texas, UTEP, and Texas A&M.
#5 - Texas at Ole Miss - September 15th
For the average fan, this game really might not mean much, but you can bet A&M fans will be tuning into to see what their old arch rivals do against one of their new SEC rivals. The Longhorns are coming off of an up and down season where they never could get anything going on the offensive side of the ball. Meanwhile, Ole Miss is trying to get back on track with the hiring of Hugh Freeze after a disastrous season a year ago. This isn't exactly a matchup of national championship contenders, but it's one to watch.
#4 - Arizona State at Missouri - September 15th
This game makes the list for a few reasons. One, the SEC's overall non-conference slate is miserable. Two, this game is early in the season, and three, this game was an absolutely wild one last year in Tempe. Arizona State finally won in overtime after Gary Pinkel decided to freeze his own kicker late in the game. Both James Franklin and Brock Osweiler threw for over 300 yards in the game. If this game is even close to as dramatic as last year's tilt, it's can't-miss TV.
#3 - Rivalry Weekend - November 24th
Without taking up multiple spots with games that happen every season, this season's rivalry weekend features what could potentially be a top twenty battle between South Carolina and Clemson. Both teams have their own challenges, but should be factors in their respective divisional races.
Obviously a lot of football has to happen between now and the last week of the season, but a potentially huge matchup could also come on the final weekend between the Florida Gators and the Florida State Seminoles. The 'Noles will likely start the season in the top ten, and only face a couple of major hurdles this season in Clemson and Virginia Tech. For Florida, they have a number of teams to go through before they get to that point, including early season road games at Texas A&M and Tennessee. Interestingly though, Florida only plays three games outside the state of Florida, and none after October 13th's date at Vanderbilt.
#2 - Clemson vs Auburn (Atlanta) September 1
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The first of two big showdowns on the opening weekend of the season, Clemson and Auburn is one of the more intriguing matchups of the early season. Last year, Auburn came off their national championship season expectedly down on the offensive side of the ball, but surprisingly bad on the defensive side as well. Clemson had a great season, winning the ACC in comfortably fashion before getting absolutely dismantled at the hands of West Virginia in the Orange Bowl. Both teams will be looking to get off to a good start to 2012.
#1 - Alabama vs Michigan (Arlington) September 1
What do you get when two of college football's most storied programs meet up on the first week of the season at a neutral site? You get the most anticipated non-conference game of the season. The Crimson Tide and the Wolverines will head to Arlington, Texas on September 1st to square off in Cowboys Stadium. Both teams will likely come into the game ranked in the top 15, and Alabama will be an early favorite for a second straight BCS Championship.