UT in three top showdowns

As always seems to be the case, the upcoming University of Tennessee football schedule is noticeably top heavy. The Volunteers will have played most of their toughest games by the time the 2007 season has reached the halfway point.

As always seems to be the case, the upcoming University of Tennessee football schedule is noticeably top heavy. The Volunteers will have played most of their toughest games by the time the 2007 season has reached the halfway point. The three biggest games of '07 – arguably, at least – are scheduled within the season's first six weeks. Perhaps Big Orange fans should go ahead and mark September 1, September 15 and October 6 on their calendars.

In fact, those are the dates for three of the most important games of the entire Southeastern Conference schedule this fall. That's the opinion of collegefootballnews.com. The popular website recently posted its list of the SEC's top 10 league games and its top 10 non-conference games of 2007. Not surprisingly, Tennessee shows up on each list.

The Vols' Sept. 15 showdown against defending national champ Florida in Gainesville is rated the fourth-biggest game on the league schedule this fall. Tennessee's Oct. 6 showdown with visiting Georgia is rated sixth among intra-league matchups.

Meanwhile, Tennessee's Sept. 1 opener at California is rated No. 2 among non-league games. The only out-of-conference game accorded more respect is the Sept. 8 matchup between Virginia and LSU in Baton Rouge.

Here's the complete list from Collegefootballnews.com:

Top Ten SEC Games

1. Florida at LSU, Oct. 6

2. Auburn at LSU, Oct. 20

3. Florida vs. Georgia, Oct. 27

4. Tennessee at Florida, Sept. 15

5. Auburn at Florida, Sept. 29

6. Georgia at Tennessee, Oct. 6

7. LSU at Alabama, Nov. 3

8. Florida at South Carolina, Nov. 10

9. Alabama at Auburn, Nov. 24

10. Arkansas at LSU, Nov. 24

Top Ten Non-Conference Games

1. Virginia Tech at LSU, Sept. 8

2. Tennessee at California, Sept. 1

3. Florida State at Florida, Nov. 24

4. Georgia at Georgia Tech, Nov. 24

5. Florida State vs. Alabama, Sept. 29

6. Louisville at Kentucky, Sept. 15

7. Clemson at South Carolina, Nov. 24

8. Oklahoma State at Georgia, Sept. 1

9. Kansas State at Auburn, Sept. 1

10. South Florida at Auburn, Sept. 8


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