Alabama Crimson Tide: bowl index 2012

SEC bowl projections: Week 14

November, 25, 2012
The SEC is headed back to the national championship. With Alabama and Georgia both winning on Saturday, the winner of the SEC championship game is headed to Miami for the Discover BCS National Championship.

And now that the regular season is over, we also know the SEC has nine teams that are bowl eligible.

Florida's win against Florida State means the Gators (fourth in the BCS standings) finished the season 11-1 and will be ranked within the top four of the BCS standings after the SEC championship. With the SEC champ heading to South Beach, the Gators will be heading to New Orleans for the Allstate Sugar Bowl, unless the loser in Atlanta somehow doesn't drop below the Gators. But it'll be hard for a one-loss Florida team with four wins over top-10 opponents to stay behind a two-loss SEC runner-up.

With the SEC having two BCS-bound teams and only one team available for BBVA Compass Bowl and AutoZone Liberty Bowl spots, the Compass Bowl will get the remaining SEC team, meaning the Liberty Bowl will get to make an at-large selection.

When it comes to the last few bowls, Vanderbilt becomes an interesting team. The Commodores are one of the hottest teams in the SEC and they could be up for the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Why? Well, the Chick-fil-A Bowl might not want another South Carolina-Clemson matchup. That means the Gamecocks could slip to the Gator Bowl. Also, could the Music City Bowl find itself in a position to take a 6-6 Ole Miss team over an 8-4 Mississippi State team after the Rebels blew the Bulldogs out? It's possible. …

The bowl picture is still cloudy, but here's our best shot:
  • Discover BCS National Championship Game, Jan. 7: Alabama
  • Allstate Sugar Bowl, Jan. 2: Florida
  • Capital One Bowl, Jan. 1: Georgia
  • AT&T Cotton Bowl, Jan. 4: Texas A&M
  • Outback Bowl, Jan. 1: LSU
  • Chick-fil-A Bowl, Dec. 31: Vanderbilt
  • Gator Bowl, Jan. 1: South Carolina
  • Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Dec. 31: Mississippi State
  • BBVA Compass Bowl, Jan. 5: Ole Miss

SEC bowl projections: Week 11

November, 4, 2012
The jockeying for the second BCS bowl spot in the SEC will really get interesting these last three or four weeks. Granted, that's assuming Alabama wins out and goes to the Discover BCS National Championship Game, and it's never safe to assume anything in this league.

The Ole Miss-Vanderbilt game this Saturday will have huge bowl implications. The winner becomes bowl eligible. The Missouri-Tennessee game is also big for both teams on the bowl front. The Tigers almost have to win if they're going to keep their postseason hopes alive.

Florida, Georgia, LSU and South Carolina all remain in the running for an at-large BCS bowl berth. The Bulldogs can clinch the Eastern Division championship with a win at Auburn this weekend.

Here's our latest forecast for what the SEC postseason lineup will look like:
  • Discover BCS National Championship Game, Jan. 7: Alabama
  • Allstate Sugar Bowl, Jan. 2: LSU
  • Capital One Bowl, Jan. 1: Florida
  • AT&T Cotton Bowl, Jan. 4: Texas A&M
  • Outback Bowl, Jan. 1: Georgia
  • Chick-fil-A Bowl, Dec. 31: South Carolina
  • Gator Bowl, Jan. 1: Mississippi State
  • Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Dec. 31: Ole Miss
  • AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Dec. 31: Tennessee
  • BBVA Compass Bowl, Jan. 5: Vanderbilt
  • Advocare Independence Bowl, Dec. 28: Missouri


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