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SEC Bowl Projections After Week 7

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NCAA Football: Pac-12 Media Day Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama and Texas A&M remain the only bowl eligible teams through seven weeks of the season and with Florida and Tennessee on bye weeks this week, the only SEC team that can punch their bowl ticket this upcoming weekend is Arkansas.

With Vanderbilt winning at Georgia last week, no SEC teams can hit seven losses until November 5 when Missouri and South Carolina could be facing off in a bowl game eliminator--more likely for Missouri as the Gamecocks have an easier route to a win between now and then with UMass visiting the eastern Columbia this weekend.

So let's get started with the projections...


NCAA Football: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl-Houston vs Florida State Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

This season, the Peach and Fiesta Bowls are the semi-final hosts with Raymond James Stadium in Tampa hosting the Championship Game. After Alabama’s demolition, there was consolidation amongst our ranks that the Tide look to be headed to the Playoff, most likely the Peach Bowl.

Chris Novak Alabama
Alex Dusza Alabama
Cam Newton Alabama
Will Marshall Alabama
Niesha Middlebrooks Alabama
Jonathan Waldrop Alabama
Tom Stephenson Alabama

Sugar, Orange and Cotton Bowls

NCAA Football: Sugar Bowl-Oklahoma State vs Mississippi Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

After any teams chosen for the College Football Playoff, the next highest ranked team in the playoff standings goes to the Sugar Bowl.

An SEC team can go to the Orange or Cotton Bowl(s), but there are no guaranteed SEC spots for these bowls. 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 goes to the Orange Bowl. With Nebraska meeting one of their tougher tests left on the schedule this past weekend at Indiana, it looks to me like either the loser of the Michigan/Ohio State game or Nebraska could fill the Rose Bowl and Orange Bowl slot leaving the SEC on the outside of that placement and most of our contributors agreed with that sentiment.

Likewise, an SEC team can go to the Cotton Bowl, but as an at-large bid based on the playoff rankings.

Sugar Orange Cotton
Chris Novak Texas A&M

Alex Dusza Texas A&M

Cam Newton Texas A&M

Will Marshall Texas A&M

Niesha Middlebrooks Texas A&M

Jonathan Waldrop Texas A&M
Tom Stephenson Texas A&M

Citrus Bowl

NCAA Football: Mississippi at Florida State Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Last week, we were split between having Ole Miss or Tennessee in the Citrus Bowl. With both teams taking losses last week, the Rebels got solidly bumped down into the Group of Six bowls while the Volunteers were bumped out of an access bowl slot for a date in Orlando.

Chris Novak Tennessee
Alex Dusza Tennessee
Cam Newton Tennessee
Will Marshall Tennessee
Niesha Middlebrooks Tennessee
Jonathan Waldrop Tennessee
Tom Stephenson Tennessee

Group of Six Bowls

NCAA Football: Music City Bowl-Texas A&M vs Louisville Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

There was also some consolidation amongst the TSK staff in regards to placement in the Group of Six games, but these really could be anyone’s guess as to how the bowls, schools and conference agree to pair up.

Belk Liberty Music City Outback TaxSlayer (Gator) Texas
Chris Novak Georgia Auburn Arkansas Florida LSU Ole Miss
Alex Dusza Georgia Auburn Arkansas Florida LSU Ole Miss
Cam Newton Georgia Ole Miss Auburn Florida LSU Arkansas
Will Marshall Florida Arkansas Auburn Ole Miss LSU Mizzou
Niesha Middlebrooks Georgia Auburn Arkansas Florida LSU Ole Miss
Jonathan Waldrop Georgia Arkansas Auburn Florida Ole Miss Mizzou
Tom Stephenson Georgia Ole Miss Arkansas Florida LSU Auburn

Birmingham and Independence Bowls

NCAA Football: Independence Bowl-Miami vs South Carolina Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Rounding out our bowl projections are the Birmingham and Independence Bowls with the chance to go to Shreveport to win this overly large trophy. Mississippi State and Kentucky face off this weekend, and both have a route to bowl eligibility even with a loss this weekend. Both will, however, face an uphill battle with a loss this weekend, so look for some shakeup here in next week’s picks.

Birmingham Independence
Chris Novak Kentucky Mississippi State
Alex Dusza Kentucky Mississippi State
Cam Newton Kentucky Mississippi State
Will Marshall Kentucky Mississippi State
Niesha Middlebrooks Kentucky Mississippi State
Jonathan Waldrop
Mississippi State
Tom Stephenson

So where do you think we’re wrong? Where do you want or see your team going bowling?