Sunday, November 29, 2009
SEC bowl projections
By ESPN.com staff
We know now for sure the SEC will get two teams in the BCS.
The winner of the SEC championship game will go to Pasadena to play in the BCS National Championship Game, and the loser will go to New Orleans to play in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
But a wild final week of the regular season left the rest of the bowls scrambling.
Ole Miss’ upset loss to Mississippi State was LSU’s gain. The Tigers rallied to beat Arkansas in overtime, and as the SEC’s highest ranked team, will likely head to the Capital One Bowl.
After that, it really gets interesting.
There could be a swap of sorts in play with the Outback Bowl and Cotton Bowl.
The Outback gets first choice out of the East and the Cotton first choice out of the West after the Capital One selects. But since Ole Miss went to the Cotton Bowl last year, there may be a deal worked out where the Rebels go to the Outback this year and Tennessee to the Cotton. The Vols finished in a tie with Georgia for second place in the East, but beat the Bulldogs head-to-head.
The Chick-fil-A Bowl also has a tough choice. South Carolina became a lot more attractive with its win over Clemson. But with Georgia beating Georgia Tech, there will be a lot of pressure to keep the Bulldogs close to home there in Atlanta. Plus, Georgia beat South Carolina head-to-head and finished a game better than the Gamecocks in the SEC standings.
Here’s the way I see the bowl lineup shaking out heading into this weekend’s SEC championship game:
BCS National Championship Game: Alabama vs. BCS team
Allstate Sugar Bowl: Florida vs. BCS team
Capital One Bowl: LSU vs. Big Ten team
Outback Bowl: Ole Miss vs. Big Ten team
Cotton Bowl: Tennessee vs. Big 12 team
Chick-fil-A Bowl: Georgia vs. ACC team
Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl: South Carolina vs. ACC team
Autozone Liberty Bowl: Arkansas vs. Conference USA team
Advocare Independence Bowl: Auburn vs. Big 12 team
Papajohns.com Bowl: Kentucky vs. Big East team