Now that the SEC is about to kick off its portion of the bowl season, we thought we'd reach out to our faithful readers and find out which of the major bowl games interest you.
We won't be using the Discover BCS National Championship between No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama because it really is the game of games and everything is riding on that one. Instead, we're looking at four other intriguing bowl games involving SEC teams outside of the national championship.
Texas A&M's matchup with Oklahoma in the AT&T Cotton Bowl has points written all over it. Both teams are averaging more than 500 yards a game and more than 40 points an outing. Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel will play in his first bowl game, and he'll do so against an old Big 12 foe. Kliff Kingsbury might be gone, but the playmakers who made A&M's offense go will still be on the field inside Jerry's World.
What about LSU's matchup with Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl? Two sets of Tigers. Both claim Death Valley as home. LSU comes equipped with one of the nation's best defenses, while Clemson has one of the nation's best and most explosive offenses. However, Clemson now has to make sure its defense is on its game inside the Georgia Dome because LSU found a pretty balanced offense in the last month of the season.
Does Florida-Louisville in the Allstate Sugar Bowl strike your fancy? It's the other BCS bowl game involving an SEC team, and this one has some pretty interesting storylines. Will Muschamp is looking to take the Gators to 12-1 in his second season in Gainesville, while the Cardinals are equipped with former Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong. There were some around the program who thought he might have a legitimate shot at the Florida job before Muschamp got it.
Then, you have the Outback Bowl between South Carolina and Michigan. Jadeveon Clowney chasing around Denard Robinson? Yes, please! The Gamecocks are equipped with one of the SEC's top defenses and own one of the most aggressive front sevens around. Remember the last time Michigan tangled with a top defense from the SEC? Yeah, not so much fun for the Wolverines.
But is there another SEC bowl that is more exciting? Is Georgia's matchup with Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl more exciting? What about the TaxSlayer.com Bowl between Mississippi State and Northwestern? There's Vanderbilt's matchup with NC State in the Franklin Mortgage Music City Bowl, which will make back-to-back bowls for the Commodores for the first time in school history. And Ole Miss' game with Pittsburgh in the BBVA Compass Bowl is the first bowl for the Rebels since 2009.
There are plenty of bowls to choose from, so have at it.