The SEC is good for several unbelievable games each season.
Fans cringe in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter of these contests only to happily rejoice or woefully hang their heads once the clock hits zero. The conference schedule almost guarantees one of these finishes for each team every season.
There’s only one thing that almost compares to the matchup itself: Next year’s game.
Every SEC team has a couple games circled on their calendar, often because the team is hoping to right some wrongs.
Prepare for some great (or horrible) memories as SEC Country examines some of the top revenge games of the 2016 season:
1. Ole Miss at Arkansas (Oct. 15)
Analysis: We all remember this one. Arkansas faced a fourth-and-25 in overtime when quarterback Brandon Allen completed a 14-yard pass to tight end Hunter Henry. With the game on the line, Henry heaved the ball backward where it miraculously landed in the hands of running back Alex Collins, who ran the rest of the way for a first down. The Razorbacks scored and converted the two-point conversion to win, 53-52. All the while, Arkansas ruined the Rebels chances at winning the SEC West. No further explanation is needed. Circle this one.
2. Alabama at Ole Miss (Sept. 17)
Analysis: Alabama wanted revenge after the 2014 season and will really want payback in 2016 after losing its second straight to Ole Miss last year. The Tide got down early only to mount a comeback in the second half. The Rebels needed a whacky, 66-yard touchdown pass to secure the 43-37 win. Things won’t be easy for Alabama as it travels to Oxford in 2016.
3. Florida at Tennessee (Sept. 24)
Analysis: Tennessee fans want to forget this one. The Vols led 27-14 late in the third quarter and were up 27-21 with 3:19 left to play in the fourth. Florida quarterback Will Grier completed a 66-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Antonio Callaway with 1:26 remaining. Tennessee drove the ball down the field and Vols kicker Aaron Medley narrowly missed a 55-yard field goal as the Vols fell, 28-27. Tennessee fans may remember some questionable play-calling from coach Butch Jones.
4. LSU at Florida (Oct. 8)
Analysis: In a 28-28 game in the fourth quarter, LSU lined for a field goal, but the “Mad Hatter” struck again. LSU coach Les Miles called a perfect fake and kicker Trent Domingue ran for a 16-yard touchdown — the deciding score. The loss broke the Gators’ 6-0 record, handing Florida its only regular-season SEC loss. In an anticipated matchup, Florida will look for some revenge.
5. Tennessee at Georgia (Oct. 1)
Analysis: Let’s remember that the Bulldogs were up 24-3 with just more than three minutes left in the first half. Tennessee scored two touchdowns before the half to cut its deficit to 24-17, and gained a 31-24 lead with 1:26 left to play in the third quarter. Georgia tied it up ahead of the fourth, but ended up with a 38-31 loss. Running back Nick Chubb suffered a gruesome knee injury that ended his season and wide receiver Reggie Davis dropped a touchdown pass near the end zone late in the fourth quarter. With both teams having realistic chances at winning the East, this will be a critical matchup.
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Arkansas at Auburn (Oct. 22)
Analysis: Not much to be said about this one. Auburn will be looking to get theirs after losing in four overtimes against the Razorbacks last season.
Mississippi State at LSU (Sept. 17)
Analysis: Mississippi State just missed a victory in 2015. Bulldogs kicker Devon Bell missed a 52-yard field as time expired, and LSU picked up its first win of the season. Both teams will be looking forward to this one in 2016.
Kentucky at Florida (Sept. 10)
Analysis: Kentucky has 29 years of revenge to make up for this year. That wasn’t a typo: Florida has topped the Wildcats in the team’s last 29 games, the fifth-longest such streak in college football history. Kentucky also played the Gators to a tight, 14-9 contest last season.
Georgia vs. Florida (Oct. 29)
Analysis: You never want to lose a rivalry game. Especially the way Georgia did last season. Florida embarrassed the Bulldogs, 27-3, and essentially ended Mark Richt’s career at Georgia. The Bulldogs will want to win Kirby Smart’s first Georgia-Florida game as head man in Athens.
Florida at Florida State (Nov. 26)
Analysis: Same deal as above. The Gators got demolished by Florida State last season, 27-2. The Seminoles have taken the last three and will have the home-field advantage this time around.