SEC West Admiral Ackbar games for 2009

As noted in part one, when we examined the possible "Admiral Ackbar" games for the SEC East, there are any number of factors which can make a game into a trap for the team that's typically better than their opponent. Ole Miss's home game with South Carolina didn't turn into one last year until they found themselves on the cover of Sports Illustrated for shocking Florida the week before.

We can't know which teams will find themselves in that position this season for sure, but there are some games that stand out as possibilities. Here's a look at potential pitfalls right now for each of the SEC West teams in 2009.

ALABAMA - Oct. 17 vs. South Carolina - This is Alabama's homecoming game, and falls directly between a huge division matchup with Ole Miss and the big annual battle with Tennessee. Nick Saban will doubtless preach about the need to be prepared, but will his players listen?

In four years under Steve Spurrier, the Gamecocks have tended to do their best work on the road. Their best win last season was in Oxford, and Spurrier's only wins against Clemson and Georgia so far came in their stadiums. He went 2-0 against Saban when the two squared off at Florida and LSU. If the Crimson Tide sleeps on the Gamecocks, they will do so at their peril.

ARKANSAS - Oct. 10 vs. Auburn - Arkansas made the curious choice to have their bye in the second week of the season. They then embark on a series of six games that begins with Georgia, a road game at Alabama and a trip to Dallas for a game with Texas A&M. Immediately after Auburn's visit comes road trips to defending national champion Florida and Ole Miss. The fourth week of that stretch, at home against a team they beat last year and should be favored over again, is an easy place for the Razorbacks to get caught looking ahead.

AUBURN - Oct. 17 vs. Kentucky - Auburn hasn't played Kentucky lately, but when you've won 15 in a row against a team you tend to take them lightly. The Tigers will have just gotten done with road visits to Tennessee and Arkansas, with the annual brawl against LSU looming the next week. As noted above, there's a good chance Auburn could into this one off a big high from a road win in Fayetteville. If so, it would only make them more vulnerable here.

LSU - Nov. 28 vs. Arkansas - It might seem unusual for the final game of a team's season to be a potential trap, but this one has tripped LSU up the last two seasons and been within five points the last four. It's the week after their game with Ole Miss, which could easily be for the West championship. If LSU's playing for a trip to Atlanta in this one, figure they'll be ready. If they're licking their wounds or already know they've won the West, history says be wary.

MISSISSIPPI STATE - Oct. 10 vs. Houston - MSU can't have a trap game in the SEC, because they won't be expected to win against anyone. Homecoming in Starkville's a different story, as they'll be favored when Houston comes to town. The Bulldogs will be catching them after back to back games with LSU and Georgia Tech, making it only natural to have a letdown against less of a big name team. Houston can play though. They've been to bowls for the last four years, and have won six of their last seven against MSU.

OLE MISS - Oct. 3 at Vanderbilt - With two FCS teams on their schedule, the Rebels have done everything in their power to make sure they avoid trouble this season. This one could be tricky though. Vanderbilt is the second of back to back SEC road games for them, and comes the week before a major division matchup with Alabama. The Commodores beat Ole Miss last year, and the revenge factor may help them avoid the possibility of looking ahead.


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