GAINESVILLE -- The SEC West theme continues with the final installment of Gator Clause's "Five games we DIDN'T expect to shape the SEC." Why are we focusing on the West? The answer is simple. The SEC East will be top heavy in the 2008 and the SEC West will be more balanced. That means better chances for surprising upsets.
The No.1 game we DIDN'T expect to shape the SEC happens early.
Auburn at Mississippi State
When: Sept. 13
Why this game matters: Many writers are predicting Auburn to win the SEC West. Before you jump on board, keep in mind that Auburn begins the season with an inexperienced quarterback who had to learn a new offense in the offseason. Can Kodi Burns run the spread-option? Sure he can. But can he run it effectively in the third week of the season against one of the best defenses in the SEC? Auburn's trip to Mississippi State has all the makings of a major upset. Keep in mind that State beat Auburn and Alabama last season and finished the season with a win against Central Florida in the Liberty Bowl.