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SEC bowl projections

9/11/2011

We welcome a new member to our bowl projections this week.

After back-to-back impressive performances, Vanderbilt looks like a team trying to make some nice SEC noise this season. Will the Commodores compete for the SEC East? Not likely. But will they be competitive and pull a surprise this year? I think so.

Vanderbilt's defense is much more aggressive this season and first-year coach James Franklin has this team feeling really good about itself.

With Vandy getting in, that means we have to take someone out. Ole Miss is 1-1, but the offense still needs a lot of work. Jeff Scott can't carry that team by himself and other playmakers have yet to step up for the Rebels.

Nothing has really changed at the top. Alabama isn't flashy by any means, but when it plays as efficiently as it did against Penn State, this team will be tough for anyone to stop. LSU's defense looks like it's the fastest around and so far, the Tigers haven't needed much offense at all to put away opponents.

After Week 2, we have some teams moving up and down in our projections, but 10 SEC teams still look like they'll make it to the postseason.

Here is a look at this week's bowl projections:

Allstate BCS National Championship Game, Jan. 9: Alabama

Allstate Sugar Bowl, Jan. 3: LSU

Capital One Bowl: Jan. 2: South Carolina

AT&T Cotton Bowl, Jan. 6: Arkansas

Outback Bowl, Jan. 2: Florida

Gator Bowl, Jan. 2: Tennessee

Chick-fil-A Bowl, Dec. 31: Auburn

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Dec. 30: Georgia

AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Dec. 31: Mississippi State

BBVA Compass Bowl, Jan. 7: Vanderbilt