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A week-by-week look at the SEC’s best games for the 2018 season

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The 2018 season starts on August 30.

We’ve taken the liberty of mapping out the best game each week for the 2018 SEC schedule (we cheated a bit in the first week). That’s because it’s never too early to start getting ready.

Week 1: Auburn vs. Washington in Atlanta

The skinny: This will be on Saturday, September 1, and might be the best non-conference game of all nationally in 2018. Washington should be the class of the Pac-12. Coach Chris Petersen will have QB Jake Browning and what should be a nasty defense; 1,000-yard rusher Myles Gaskin is back, too. Auburn will have QB Jarrett Stidham, but there are questions at running back and along the offensive line, which will have four new starters.

Week 1: LSU vs. Miami in Arlington, Texas

The skinny: This might be the best non-conference game of all nationally in 2018, and it will be on Sunday, September 2. LSU will be unveiling its new offense, complete with new quarterback, new feature back, new go-to receiver and revamped line. Miami will have a rebuilt defensive line but a great linebacking corps. Miami also returns its quarterback and a deep group of receivers. These teams haven’t met in the regular season since 1988, and this will be just the second meeting overall since 1969.

Week 2: Georgia at South Carolina

The skinny: A big early-season conference game. Are these the two best teams in the SEC East? Georgia certainly looks to be the division’s big dog (no pun intended), but is South Carolina going to be the second-best team in the division again? Georgia has won four of the past five against the Gamecocks. The teams played in November last season and in October in 2016. From 2013-15, they met in September.

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Week 3: LSU at Auburn

The skinny: LSU’s second big game in three weeks. Woe be to Ed Orgeron if his team starts 1-2 (and does anyone other than the most ardent LSU fan think the Tigers will begin 3-0?). This also will be Auburn’s second big game in three weeks; Auburn opens against Washington in Atlanta. Auburn also could be staring a 1-2 start in the face – and woe be to Gus Malzahn if that happens. These teams have split the past four meetings, with the home team winning in each of the past four seasons.

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