Projecting Bowl Games for Each SEC Team
The college football season is slowly winding down with only a few weeks left in the season.
The Southeastern Conference is still up for grabs as there are still a lot of big games left on the schedule. Most notably, there's Alabama-LSU, Alabama-Auburn, Auburn-Georgia and Missouri-Texas A&M.
Each of these matchups will help in deciding where teams from the SEC will be going during bowl season.
As it stands right now, Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Texas A&M, Missouri and South Carolina are eligible for bowl games. Georgia and Ole Miss are one game away from their sixth win, and Florida, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Mississippi State are two games away.
Not all will make it. But for those who do, here's a current bowl projection for SEC teams.
BBVA COMPASS BOWL: TENNESSEE
Tennessee's bowl hopes depend on if it can beat Vanderbilt on Nov. 23. The Volunteers need to win two of their last three games (Auburn, Kentucky and Vanderbilt). If they don't win two, this bowl game will go to an at-large team. After playing teams in the top 11 in four straight weeks, playing Vandy and Kentucky should seem easy for the Volunteers.
MUSIC CITY BOWL: OLE MISS
Ole Miss has had a decent season this year, upsetting LSU and almost beating Texas A&M and Auburn. Had the Rebels won those two games, we'd be talking about them playing on New Year's Day or possibly even the Sugar Bowl. As it stands now, however, the Rebels couldn't get the job done and will be playing in Nashville.
ADVOCARE V100 BOWL: VANDERBILT
The Commodores continue to show promise every year and are having another decent season in 2013. They are two wins away from six with games against Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee and Wake Forest on the schedule. It wouldn't be surprising to see Vandy win all four of these games.
AUTOZONE LIBERTY BOWL: FLORIDA
This season is one Florida fans will be more than happy to forget as losses to Miami (FL), LSU, Missouri and Georgia have already happened this year. The Gators aren't guaranteed two wins in their last four, either. They play Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Georgia Southern and Florida State. If the Commodores upset the Gators this weekend, Florida likely will find itself out of the bowl picture all together.
CHICK-FIL-A BOWL: GEORGIA
After coming within a few yards of playing in the BCS National Championship last December, Georgia thought this was going to be the year that they finally got over the hump. However, injuries and turnovers have plagued the Bulldogs in losses to Missouri, Vanderbilt and Clemson. The Bulldogs do have wins over South Carolina and LSU, but I still don't think it's enough to get them to a New Year's Day bowl game.
TAXSLAYER.COM GATOR BOWL: MISSOURI
Missouri is the surprise team in the SEC East, but a loss to South Carolina shows how down the division is this year. While the Tigers may play in the SEC Championship Game, they're not deserving of a BCS bowl berth. Now, if the Tigers beat Texas A&M, then it's a different story. But I don't see that happening.
OUTBACK BOWL: LSU
It's hard to know what to make of LSU's season thus far. Of course, we'll have a better idea after Saturday's showdown with Alabama. The Tigers have close losses to Georgia and Ole Miss, but still have a powerful offense behind quarterback Zach Mettenberger. If LSU does somehow pull off the upset, they'll likely go to the Cotton Bowl. If they don't, they'll be in Tampa.
CAPITAL ONE BOWL: SOUTH CAROLINA
Early in the year, there wasn't a lot to be excited about. Jadeveon Clowney showed weakness and Connor Shaw found himself hurt ... again. However, after pulling off an upset against Missouri, the Gamecocks are back in the SEC East race, although they need a little help. They've been able to do so on the legs of running back Mike Davis, who has rushed for 1,058 yards this year. Florida and Clemson remain on the schedule. If South Carolina can upset Clemson, they may even get consideration for the Cotton Bowl.
COTTON BOWL: AUBURN
Auburn is the surprise team in the SEC this year and they deserve a spot in the Cotton Bowl. While many will be clamoring for the likes of Missouri to play in the game, it must be remembered what the Tigers have done this year in upsetting Texas A&M. The schedule may not be great, but come Nov. 30 against Alabama, everything gets thrown out the window. A spot in the conference title game and (possibly) the BCS title game will be on the line.
SUGAR BOWL: TEXAS A&M
College football needs Johnny Manziel's Aggies to be in a BCS bowl before he skips to the NFL. After all, you can't pin Texas A&M's losses on him. The Aggies scored a combined 83 points in those two losses. As long as Texas A&M takes care of LSU and Missouri, they'll be in New Orleans.
BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: ALABAMA
Is there really a question mark on this one? As long as Alabama continues to win, they will be in the BCS National Championship Game against either Oregon or Florida State (maybe even Ohio State). Alabama is a dynasty and they will be looking to win their third national title in a row. However, they can't look past an improved Auburn team ... one that has shown they are more than capable of pulling an upset.