19 For '19 Offseason Topics: No. 17 Every Power Five Team's Letdown Game

19 For '19 Offseason Topics: No. 17 Every Power Five Team's Letdown Game

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19 For '19 Offseason Topics: No. 17 Every Power Five Team's Letdown Game

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Florida Gators

Letdown/Sandwich Game: at Missouri, Nov. 16
Game Before: Vanderbilt 
Game After
: Florida State

Okay, so UT Martin is the big sandwich game between Miami and at Kentucky, but there won’t be any worries about beating the Skyhawks. The Missouri game matters after last year’s clunker of a Gator loss, but it comes in the middle of November with the end in sight. It’ll be the fourth game in five away from Gainesville, and just before a needed week off to prepare for FSU.
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Georgia Bulldogs

Letdown/Sandwich Game: Missouri, Nov. 9
Game Before: Florida 
Game After
: at Auburn

Georgia has won five straight against Missouri going back to 2013, but it’s going to be ripe to be picked off if the full focus isn’t there. The Dawgs play Florida before dealing with the Tigers, and they have to go to Auburn right after. Kelly Bryant and Mizzou get a week off to get ready for their trip to Athens.
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Kentucky Wildcats

Letdown/Sandwich Game: Arkansas, Oct. 12
Game Before: at South Carolina
Game After
: at Georgia

In one of the more stunning streaks going, Kentucky has won five straight against Kentucky. Even so, the UK vs. USC game will still be a big battle, and there’s a week off right after. The Georgia road game will once again be a really big deal, and in between, the first game against Arkansas since 2012 – a 49-7 loss for UK – might be tougher than fans might like.
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Missouri Tigers

Letdown/Sandwich Game: Troy, Oct. 5
Game Before: South Carolina
Game After
: Ole Miss

It’s not your normal sandwich game – home games against South Carolina and Ole Miss are manageable – except for one thing: Troy has a habit of winning games like this. It’s a new coach and a new era, but a slew of players are still around who beat Nebraska last year in Lincoln and took down LSU in Baton Rouge in 2017. The Trojans almost took down Clemson in 2016.
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South Carolina Gamecocks

Letdown/Sandwich Game: Appalachian State, Nov. 9
Game Before: Vanderbilt
Game After
: at Texas A&M

Everyone will tell South Carolina to be careful of a Sun Belt team in early November. But the Appalachian State game comes before Texas A&M and Clemson, and just a few weeks after going to Tennessee. The Gamecocks need to be very, very focused.
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Tennessee Volunteers

Letdown/Sandwich Game: UAB, Nov. 2
Game Before: South Carolina 
Game After
: at Kentucky

The Vols have to go on a run of at Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State, at Alabama and South Carolina before supposedly getting – supposedly – a week off against UAB. Last year in this spot, Tennessee had to fight to get by Charlotte in a 14-3 win.
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Vanderbilt Commodores

Letdown/Sandwich Game: Northern Illinois, Sept. 28
Game Before: LSU
Game After
: at Ole Miss

Vanderbilt can’t take anyone lightly, and it can be told to death that Northern Illinois will be a test. But after playing Georgia, at Purdue, and LSU, good luck getting the energy for this.
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Alabama Crimson Tide

Letdown/Sandwich Game: Arkansas, Oct. 26
Game Before: Tennessee
Game After
: LSU

When was the last time Bama lost to Arkansas? It was 13 times ago back in 2006. This time around, the Hogs should have an offense again, and they just might be able to catch the Tide napping – at least for a half. Alabama is coming off a trip to Texas A&M and then the Tennessee rivalry date, and then comes the week off after playing the Hogs to get ready for LSU.
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Arkansas Razorbacks

Letdown/Sandwich Game: WKU, Nov. 9
Game Before: Mississippi State
Game After
: at LSU

Arkansas can’t take anyone lightly, and it can’t drop the date against Western Kentucky if it wants to go bowling. With a run of Auburn, at Alabama and Mississippi State before, and with a week off right after before going to LSU,  the battle with the Hilltoppers should be a bit of a letdown.
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Auburn Tigers

Letdown/Sandwich Game: Samford, Nov. 23
Game Before: Georgia
Game After
: Alabama

Of course Auburn isn’t going to lose to Samford. Of course it’ll go through the motions, and then wake up in time to come up with a blowout win. Of course the trip to Arkansas that comes between road games at Florida and LSU is the more appropriate and dangerous letdown game. But the date with Samford is here because it’s sandwiched in between Georgia and Alabama. If ever a team was going to be mentally checked out, at least for a quarter, it’ll probably be the Tigers on November 23rd.
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LSU Tigers

Letdown/Sandwich Game: Arkansas, Nov. 23
Game Before: at Ole Miss
Game After
: Texas A&M

The Arkansas game comes late in the year right after a run of Florida, at Mississippi State, Auburn, at Alabama, and at Ole Miss. If it was the home finale, that might be different, but that comes the week after against Texas A&M. There might be a wee bit of hype around that.
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Ole Miss Rebels

Letdown/Sandwich Game: New Mexico State, Nov. 9
Game Before: at Auburn
Game After
: LSU

New Mexico State can’t and shouldn’t be an issue for the Rebels. However, it’s late in the season, Ole Miss might be snoozing, and it’s not going to care after playing at Auburn and with LSU and at Mississippi State to follow.
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Mississippi State Bulldogs

Letdown/Sandwich Game: Abilene Christian, Nov. 23
Game Before: Alabama
Game After
: Ole Miss

Of course there shouldn’t be a problem against the Wildcats of Abilene Christian, but it comes right after the Alabama showdown and just before the Egg Bowl against Ole Miss. The battle against the Rebels is just five days after playing ACU. Want a true sandwich? The trip to Arkansas comes between at Texas A&M and Bama.
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Texas A&M Aggies

Letdown/Sandwich Game: Lamar, Sept. 14
Game Before: at Clemson
Game After
: Auburn

There won’t be the slightest issue with the Cardinals of Lamar, but … it comes right after a date at Clemson, and before the SEC opener against Auburn. In terms of dangerous sandwiches, the Arkansas game is in Arlington before Alabama and after Auburn.
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