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Roundtable: Which was the best SEC game of the season?

The regular season is over and the conference championship has been decided.

The next time we see an SEC team play, it will be the bowl season.

But with 188 games played, which was the best?

We posed that question to our team of SEC writers. Here are their answers:

Edward Aschoff: Texas A&M-Tennessee had everything you wanted in it -- well, except for defense. The game started with two teams that had playoff aspirations, and then the Aggies sprinted out to what we thought was a commanding 28-7 lead in the third quarter. Then, like so many times before this season, the Vols came roaring back, thanks to the legs of Alvin Kamara. He scored three of Tennessee’s next four touchdowns to send the game into overtime tied at 35. After a Trevor Knight touchdown and a Joshua Dobbs interception sealed the game for the Aggies in the second overtime, we had seen 83 points, 1,276 yards, 10 turnovers (seven by Tennessee) and 50 first downs.

David Ching: I debated nearly 10 games before finally settling on Texas A&M’s overtime shootout win over Tennessee. For sheer entertainment value, that battle of unbeaten top-10 teams had a bit of everything. Nearly 1,300 yards of offense. A whopping 10 turnovers. Tennessee trying to muster some more of the second-half magic that characterized the first half of its season, this time rallying from a 21-point deficit in the third quarter to tie the game in the final minute of regulation and reach overtime. But not until A&M’s Daniel LaCamera missed a 38-yard field goal just before the clock expired. A&M finally won in the second overtime when, of course, it forced one final turnover -- a Josh Dobbs interception -- to seal the wild 45-38 victory.

Sam Khan Jr.: One of my favorite games from this season came in Week 2 -- Arkansas' 41-38 double-overtime win over TCU. The back-and-forth in this one was fun: Arkansas led 20-7 late in the third quarter before TCU responded with 21 straight points to take a 28-20 lead with 2:05 left. That's when things really got wild. The Razorbacks scored a touchdown with 1:05 left and went with a trick play for the game-tying two-point conversion (a reverse pass from Keon Hatcher to quarterback Austin Allen). TCU got in position for the game-winning field goal with 16 seconds left but Dan Skipper blocked the kick. There were a pair of great touchdown passes on each side in the first overtime and after the Horned Frogs settled for a field goal in the second overtime, Allen barreled his way into the end zone on a quarterback keeper for the victory. It was an edge-of-your-seat ending to a fun Power 5 non-conference clash.

Greg Ostendorf: Remember Florida-LSU? You know, the game that was supposed to take place in Gainesville on Oct. 8? Well, it was played on Nov. 19 in Baton Rouge and it more than lived up to the hype. The game itself wasn’t pretty unless you’re a fan of defense, but from the pregame scuffle to a 98-yard touchdown pass to a goal-line stand in the final seconds, there was plenty of drama and excitement. It was a pivotal game for both teams, too. Had LSU won, the Tigers would have been playing down the road in next month’s Allstate Sugar Bowl. And a Florida loss would have opened the door for Tennessee to win the East. Instead, the Gators stuffed LSU twice from the 1-yard line on the final two plays of the game to preserve a 16-10 victory and clinch the division.

Alex Scarborough: How can you beat a Hail Mary? To me, you can’t. And the end of Georgia-Tennessee was the pinnacle because it had not one, but two Hail Marys. One minute you thought Jacob Eason had the play of his young career, throwing a 47-yard touchdown with 10 seconds left to put Georgia ahead. Then it was Josh Dobbs’ turn to throw a deep one, connecting on a 43-yard prayer to Jauan Jennings to win the game as time expired.