- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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The ultimate SEC road trip is back. The best games. The best venues. The best atmospheres. If you could pick your destination every Saturday, where would you go?
This year, we're taking two road trips, both hypothetical of course. Our writers might end up at the same game some weeks, but this should allow us to see more teams and more campuses across the SEC.
Let's check in on what's in store for Week 11.
Road trip 1: Georgia at Auburn
Ummmm, I wonder if anyone remembers what happened the last time these two met on the Plains.
Of course, everyone does! How could you forget THIS?
I think a trip to the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry is the optimal destination for Nov. 14. You will have a bitter rivalry with two teams that will be early favorites to win their respective divisions and are already in the conversation to make the College Football Playoff. Heck, this might be an early preview for the SEC championship game.
Georgia is still in shock from Nick Marshall's improbable Hail Mary from two years ago, while, Auburn is still reeling from last year's blowout loss to the Bulldogs in Athens.
I'm excited to see Gus Malzahn's offense take on a Georgia defense that is relatively unproven up front, but might have the nation's best set of linebackers. Jeremy Johnson trying to avoid the trio of Jordan Jenkins, Leonard Floyd and Lorenzo Carter? Sign me up!
Will Muschamp then gets to put his new defense up against Nick Chubb and an unproven starting quarterback (whoever it turns out to be). Carl Lawson will be back to face one of the SEC's best offensive lines. This game has everything you'd want in a premier college football.
Oh, and I'm sure the food around the stadium will be amazing.
-- Edward Aschoff
Road trip 2: Arkansas at LSU
Georgia and Auburn is a fine pick, one that’s hard to argue against. There are other good matchups in Week 11, however, and one that I have my eye on is in Death Valley: Arkansas at LSU.
The battle for “The Boot” should be intense on Nov. 14. Arkansas had its SEC breakthrough against the Tigers last November, shutting out LSU 17-0 in Fayetteville. It ended the Razorbacks’ 17-game conference losing streak and kick-started a strong finish to the 2014 season for the Hogs.
You better believe that the beating the Tigers took will be on their minds when this week approaches. With a tremendous amount of young talent, LSU will be a year older and, presumably, better. The Tigers hope they have much better quarterback play by this point in the season, but either way, the Tigers are difficult to defeat in Baton Rouge.
If you’re a fan of running backs, this is a great game for you. Arkansas has two who ran for 1,000-plus yards last year (Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams) and LSU has a rising sophomore and former ESPN 300 No. 1 overall player Leonard Fournette, who could well be in the middle of a Heisman Trophy chase by this point in the year.
These are also two teams who pride themselves on physical play, so expect a lot of hard hitting and intensity when these two take the field.
--Sam Khan Jr.