- Alex Scarborough, ESPN Staff Writer
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Georgia can't buy a break, can it? Saturday's heartbreaking loss to Auburn dropped the Bulldogs to third in their division with three conference losses and a 6-4 record overall. But more importantly, it all but eliminated them from the SEC East race with Missouri and South Carolina as the clear front-runners.
A win might have put Georgia in position for a berth in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, but today it looks like a trip to Nashville, Tenn., for the Music City Bowl might be in order.
Missouri had the weekend off but will close with two tough ones in Ole Miss and Texas A&M. If the Tigers lose just one, their BCS bowl hopes will go down the drain. Given their strength of schedule, the margin of error is razor-thin.
South Carolina, meanwhile, has a little easier road if you consider Coastal Carolina a gimme this weekend before the big one at home against Clemson. Should the Gamecocks beat Clemson and the winner of the SEC West, making it back-to-back wins over top-10 teams, imagine the predicament voters would be in. All bowl projections would have to be thrown out the window.
If you shift your focus to the SEC West, not much has changed. The Iron Bowl on Nov. 30 will determine everything. Alabama has to be the favorite, but with the way Auburn has looked, both in terms of play and luck, it's hard to count the Tigers out at home. The winner of that game will reach the SEC title game and be in position for a spot in the BCS National Championship.
VIZIO BCS National Championship Game, Jan. 6: Alabama
Allstate Sugar Bowl, Jan. 2: Auburn
Capital One Bowl, Jan. 1: South Carolina
AT&T Cotton Bowl, Jan. 3: Texas A&M
Outback Bowl, Jan. 1: Missouri
Chick-fil-A Bowl, Dec. 31: LSU
TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl, Jan. 1: Ole Miss
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Dec. 30: Georgia
AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Dec. 31: Vanderbilt
BBVA Compass Bowl, Jan. 4: Tennessee
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