Sunday, October 20, 2013
SEC bowl projections: Week 8
By David Ching
A day for the underdog in the SEC has turned the conference on its ear, completely reshuffling our league bowl projections in the process.
The big leaps: Missouri and Auburn, a pair of surprising contenders for division titles. The big drops: injury-riddled Florida and Georgia, which will meet Nov. 2 in one of the least important games in Jacksonville (not including those featuring the Jaguars) in years.
Teams to watch: Tennessee and Ole Miss. After upsetting highly ranked teams on Saturday, the Volunteers and Rebels might still make some more noise. The Rebels have a manageable schedule down the stretch, while the Vols are in the middle of a brutal run -- up next are road trips to Alabama and Missouri followed by a visit from Auburn -- but Butch Jones' club is now showing a strong pulse after an underwhelming September.
Needless to say, after this Saturday full of carnage, don't book a flight to any of these destinations just yet. We have a feeling there will be plenty of more shuffling within the SEC standings before we reach bowl season.
VIZIO BCS National Championship Game, Jan. 6: Alabama
Allstate Sugar Bowl, Jan. 2: Missouri
Capital One Bowl, Jan. 1: Auburn
AT&T Cotton Bowl, Jan. 3: Texas A&M
Outback Bowl, Jan. 1: LSU
Chick-fil-A Bowl, Dec. 31: South Carolina
TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl, Jan. 1: Georgia
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Dec. 30: Ole Miss
AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Dec. 31: Tennessee
BBVA Compass Bowl, Jan. 4: Florida
AdvoCare V100 Bowl, Dec. 31: Vanderbilt