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Bowl outlook shaping up in SEC

ATLANTA -- If No. 1 LSU wins Saturday over Georgia in the SEC championship game, an Alabama-LSU rematch is the likely pairing in the Allstate BCS National Championship Game.

As for the rest of the SEC teams, it looks like South Carolina is headed to the Capital One Bowl, which gets first choice out of the SEC after the BCS bowls make their selections. That's according to several bowl officials and league officials attending the SEC championship game, although nothing is official until Sunday.

That would send Arkansas to the AT&T Cotton Bowl and Georgia to the Outback Bowl.

The Chick-fil-A Bowl is set to take Auburn, with Florida headed to the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl, Mississippi State to the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl and Vanderbilt to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

If Georgia wins on Saturday, the outlook would change some. The Bulldogs would go to the Sugar Bowl as the SEC champion, and LSU and Alabama would still be in good shape to play in the BCS National Championship Game as long as the Tigers don't lose badly Saturday.

In that scenario, South Carolina would still probably go to the Capital One and Arkansas to the Cotton, but the Outback would have a choice to make among Auburn, Florida, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt and then everybody else would move up.