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SEC Bowl Projections after Week 9

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Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl - Florida State v Houston Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

Let’s take a look at where the Team Speed Kills contributors are projecting SEC teams to go bowling after Week 9.

With their victory over Tennessee, South Carolina enters the fray this week as the Gamecocks sit at four wins and can defeat Missouri and Western Carolina to become bowl eligible (or pull off one of the upsets of the season over Clemson).

Mississippi State’s lackluster win over Samford did nothing to endear themselves to our contributors as they fell out of all of the picks. Last week, they appeared in a pair of projections.

As they have been able to for the past month, Tennessee can become bowl eligible this week, as can Kentucky, Arkansas and LSU. Missouri, with a loss to South Carolina this week, could be the first team to hit the seven loss mark.


NCAA Football: CFP National Championship-Head Coaches-Press Conference Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports
Alex Dusza Alabama
Cam Newton Alabama
Julian Council Alabama
Tanner Dennie Alabama
Will Marshall Alabama
Niesha Middlebrooks Alabama
Jonathan Waldrop Alabama
Tom Stephenson Alabama

Access Bowls

NCAA Football: Cotton Bowl Classic-Michigan State vs Baylor Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Florida and Auburn entered the fray of teams picked to go to New Years’ Six Bowls as this group of games found more diversity this week within the picks. It appears the consensus is that the Big Ten will garner the Orange Bowl spot that can go to either the SEC or Big Ten.

Sugar Orange Cotton
Alex Dusza Auburn
Cam Newton Auburn
Julian Council Auburn
Texas A&M
Tanner Dennie Florida
Texas A&M
Will Marshall Texas A&M
Niesha Middlebrooks Florida
Jonathan Waldrop Texas A&M
Tom Stephenson Texas A&M

Citrus Bowl

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl - Minnesota v Missouri Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

The Citrus Bowl continues the diverse picks as four different teams find their way into our projections this week.

Alex Dusza Florida
Cam Newton Texas A&M
Julian Council LSU
Tanner Dennie LSU
Will Marshall Florida
Niesha Middlebrooks Texas A&M
Jonathan Waldrop Florida
Tom Stephenson Tennessee

Group of Six Bowls

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl - LSU v Texas Tech Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Belk Liberty Music City Outback TaxSlayer (Gator) Texas
Alex Dusza Tennessee Ole Miss Kentucky Georgia Texas A&M Arkansas
Cam Newton Georgia Ole Miss Tennessee Florida Kentucky Arkansas
Julian Council Georgia Ole Miss Kentucky Florida Tennessee Arkansas
Tanner Dennie Kentucky Ole Miss Auburn Tennessee Georgia Arkansas
Will Marshall Tennessee Georgia Kentucky Auburn Ole Miss Arkansas
Niesha Middlebrooks Tennessee Ole Miss Auburn Georgia Kentucky Arkansas
Jonathan Waldrop Georgia Ole Miss Tennessee Auburn Kentucky Arkansas
Tom Stephenson Georgia LSU Ole Miss Florida Kentucky Arkansas

Birmingham and Independence Bowls

Independence Bowl: South Carolina Gamecocks v Missouri Tigers

South Carolina and Missouri met in the 2005 Independence Bowl and the Gamecocks could go back there with a win this week over Missouri.

Birmingham Independence
Alex Dusza South Carolina
Cam Newton South Carolina
Julian Council South Carolina
Tanner Dennie South Carolina
Will Marshall South Carolina Vanderbilt
Niesha Middlebrooks South Carolina
Jonathan Waldrop South Carolina
Tom Stephenson South Carolina