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SEC Bowl Projections after Week 8

Who’s Going Where?

National Championship - Oregon v Ohio State Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

After their demolition at the hands of Auburn, Arkansas failed to become bowl eligible last weekend, so Alabama and Texas A&M remain the only bowl eligible teams in the SEC. The Razorbacks, along with LSU, will have to wait another week as they enter their bye weeks, but Tennessee and Auburn can crest the six-win mark with wins this weekend over South Carolina and Ole Miss respectively.

The biggest mover in our projections this week is LSU as three of the projections feature the Tigers in a New Year’s Six bowl game while Vanderbilt enters a projection and Mississippi State fell out of a few prognostications.

College Football Playoff

CFP National Championship - Alabama v Clemson Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Alabama continued to have a stranglehold on making the playoff after their steamrolling of Texas A&M, and should do so next week as well as they enter their bye week.

Alex Dusza Alabama
Cam Newton Alabama
Niesha Middlebrooks Alabama
Jonathan Waldrop Alabama
Tom Stephenson Alabama

New Year’s Six Bowls

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Previews Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images

LSU got a bump in a few picks, mine included, up to the Sugar Bowl while Texas A&M is still picked by all selectors to go to an Access Bowl.

Sugar Orange Cotton
Alex Dusza LSU
Texas A&M
Cam Newton Tennessee Texas A&M
Niesha Middlebrooks LSU Texas A&M
Jonathan Waldrop LSU
Texas A&M
Tom Stephenson Texas A&M

Citrus Bowl

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl - Michigan v Florida Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images
Alex Dusza Tennessee
Cam Newton Auburn
Niesha Middlebrooks Tennessee
Jonathan Waldrop Florida
Tom Stephenson Auburn

Group of Six Bowls

Belk Bowl - Georgia v Louisville Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Belk Liberty Music City Outback TaxSlayer (Gator) Texas
Alex Dusza Florida Ole Miss Kentucky Georgia Auburn Arkansas
Cam Newton LSU Ole Miss Kentucky Florida Georgia Arkansas
Niesha Middlebrooks Florida Ole Miss Kentucky Auburn Georgia Arkansas
Jonathan Waldrop Tennessee Ole Miss Arkansas Auburn Georgia Mississippi State
Tom Stephenson Georgia Ole Miss Arkansas Tennessee Florida LSU

Birmingham and Independence Bowls

NCAA Football: Birmingham Bowl-Auburn vs Memphis Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Tom is picking Vanderbilt to round out the SEC's bowl contingent at a 5-7 record based on their APR scores. For convenience sake, I've put them below in the Independence Bowl, but if the Commodores or any 5-7 team selected for a bowl, it would be selected after all other 6-6 teams are chosen. So at that point, really, Vanderbilt could be going anywhere.

Birmingham Independence
Alex Dusza

Cam Newton

Niesha Middlebrooks Mississippi State
Jonathan Waldrop

Tom Stephenson Kentucky Vanderbilt*