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SEC Football Schedule 2016: 7 Can’t Miss Non-Conference Games

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The SEC football schedule for 2016 features seven early non-conference games that you won’t want to miss.


The SEC flexed its muscles this past bowl season, winning nine of the 11 games the conference played in. The win total set a new bowl record.

The Alabama Crimson Tide’s national championship was the icing on top of the cake for the nation’s most dominant conference.

If there were any doubts where the SEC stood, they were washed away in a matter of a few weeks.

With the 2015 season in the history books, the attention now turns to 2016. The opening weekend in September is a long way away, but when it gets here, the season will shoot out of the gates like never before.

Seven mammoth, non-conference matchups await the first week of the 2016 college football schedule, many of which include teams from the SEC.

The second Saturday of the SEC football schedule also includes two high-profile, non-conference matchups, one of which features a showdown between Tennessee and Virginia Tech in Bristol

 Motor Speedway.

Below are seven early non-conference games on the SEC football schedule that you won’t want to miss.

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Can’t Miss Early Non-Conference SEC Football Games


1. Alabama vs. USC

Date: Saturday, Sept. 3

Location
: AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)

The Buzz: The Crimson Tide and Trojans have claimed 27 national championships combined. What more do you need?

2. Auburn vs. Clemson

Date: Saturday, Sept. 3

Location
: Jordan-Hare Stadium (Auburn, Ala.)

The Buzz: Clemson was oh so close to running the table in 2015, and will now get to further cement its legitimacy as a top program with an opening weekend game against a second straight SEC opponent. Gus Malzahn needs this one to work out in the worst kind of way.

3. LSU vs. Wisconsin

Date: Saturday, Sept. 3

Location
: Lambeau Field (Green Bay, Wis.)

The Buzz: Two of the nation’s top programs will face off in the Holy Grail of football stadiums. Leonard Fournette toting the rock in Lambeau Field is what dreams are made of.

4. Georgia vs. North Carolina

Date: Saturday, Sept. 3

Location
: Georgia Dome (Atlanta, Ga.)

The Buzz: Welcome to the primetime, Kirby Smart. In his first game as Georgia’s head coach, Smart will face the ACC runner-up from 2015.

5. Ole Miss vs. Florida State

Date: Monday, Sept. 5

Location
: Citrus Bowl Stadium (Orlando, Fla.)

The Buzz: Both of these teams are built with speed and supreme athleticism, and each will have a hand in shaping the College Football Playoff picture next season. There are bigger headliners on opening weekend, but this Labor Day showdown might be the most intriguing.

6. Arkansas vs. TCU

Date: Saturday, Sept. 10

Location
: Amon G. Carter Stadium (Fort Worth, Texas)

The Buzz: It’s Year 4 for Bret Bielema, and he’ll be looking to continue the upward trend of success. He’s finished with a better record each year he’s been in Fayetteville, and a non-conference win over one of the better perceived programs as of late would turn head and set the stage for the Razorbacks.

7. Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech

Date: Saturday, Sept. 10

Location
: Bristol Motor Speedway (Bristol, Tenn.)

The Buzz: The Vols will once again be the hot team to compete for a title this offseason. The Hokies are under the direction of highly-regarded new head coach Justin Fuente. And the two will meet in one of sports racing’s iconic venues.

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