- David Ching, ESPN Staff Writer
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The most coveted slots in this week's SEC bowl projections are a mess, with several teams still holding out hope of appearing in one of the league's marquee bowl destinations.
The bowl assignment that still seems as sure as ever, though, is Alabama reaching the BCS Championship Game. The Crimson Tide's second-half dismantling of LSU on Saturday made Pasadena look like a predictable destination, although Alabama still has a couple of tricky games left at Auburn and potentially against whichever team advances from the SEC East free-for-all to the league championship game.
The East race could go down to the wire, although this weekend's South Carolina-Florida and Auburn-Georgia matchups could provide some clarity, while bringing our bowl projections into tighter focus as well.
We're also down a team after Saturday's results. Vanderbilt's 34-17 win over Florida on Saturday knocked the Gators out of our projections, dropping the list of expected SEC bowl participants from 11 to 10. At 4-5 and with games remaining against South Carolina, Georgia Southern and Florida State, we no longer envision the Gators reaching bowl eligibility.
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: Georgia
TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl, Jan. 1: LSU
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Dec. 30: Ole Miss
AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Dec. 31: Tennessee
BBVA Compass Bowl, Jan. 4: Vanderbilt