Alabama and Texas A&M have punched their bowl tickets and Tennessee could join them this weekend be gaining bowl eligibility. And for at least two more weeks, every other SEC team has a possibility of getting to six wins.
So the question becomes, who goes where? Unlike the weekly power poll which is based on what a team has done, our bowl projections also factor in what we think a team will do.
As a reminder, here is the SEC bowl selection process:
As we approach mid-October, here’s a breakdown of how the SEC Bowl selection process will work pic.twitter.com/WtgavQ07TS— Chuck Dunlap (@SEC_Chuck) October 11, 2016
This season, the Peach and Fiesta Bowls are the semi-final hosts with Raymond James Stadium in Tampa hosting the Championship Game.
|Will Marshall||Texas A&M|
After any teams chosen for the College Football Playoff, the next highest ranked team in the playoff standings goes to the Sugar Bowl.
|Chris Novak||Texas A&M|
|Alex Dusza||Texas A&M|
|Cam Newton||Texas A&M|
|Joe Clarkin||Texas A&M|
|Niesha Middlebrooks||Texas A&M|
|Jonathan Waldrop||Texas A&M|
|Tom Stephenson||Texas A&M|
An SEC team can go to the Orange Bowl as the next highest ranked SEC or Big Ten team after the Playoff, Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl have their picks of SEC and Big Ten teams. For example, Ohio State wins the Big Ten and goes to the Playoff, Michigan finishes 11-1 but loses to Ohio State and goes to the Rose Bowl, then likely no other Big Ten team would finish ahead of the next ranked SEC team after the Playoff and Sugar Bowl get their picks and an SEC team would be headed to Miami.
|Alex Dusza||Ole Miss|
|Julian Council||Texas A&M|
|Jonathan Waldrop||Ole Miss|
|Tom Stephenson||Ole Miss|
After the Playoff and access bowls get their picks, the Citrus Bowl can select the next best available team.
|Chris Novak||Ole Miss|
|Cam Newton||Ole Miss|
|Joe Clarkin||Ole Miss|
|Julian Council||Ole Miss|
|Will Marshall||Ole Miss|
|Niesha Middlebrooks||Ole Miss|
Pool of Six
After the Citrus Bowl, the next group of six games is assigned by the SEC office in consultation with the schools and bowls.
|Belk||Liberty||Music City||Outback||TaxSlayer (Gator)||Texas|
|Will Marshall||Georgia||Arkansas||Mizzou||LSU||Florida||Mississippi State|
Birmingham and Independence Bowls
Following the group of six games, the Birmingham then Independence Bowl get their picks. Any other bowl eligible teams can get a bowl berth from another conference that does not fill their slots, but none of our projectors thought that would be needed.
|Chris Novak||Mississippi State|
|Alex Dusza||Mississippi State|
|Cam Newton||Mississippi State|
|Joe Clarkin||Mississippi State|
|Niesha Middlebrooks||Mississippi State||South Carolina|
|Jonathan Waldrop||Mississippi State|