SEC 2013 preseason bowl projections

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It’s officially game week, and college football is about to take over your life for four months. In fact, there’s not another Saturday without football for 15 straight weeks, including the SEC Championship.

And teams kick off this week in search of that elusive SEC Championship. There’s heightened optimism for every team in 2013, whether they’re in a title hunt or they have a new coach and new leadership. Either way, things will always unite fans just like every year.

But somebody has to win and somebody has to lose. I’d love for every SEC team to go bowling in 2013, but that’s just not going to happen. Nine SEC teams went bowling last year, and 11 should be headed to bowl games this year.

Here are SDS’ 2013 bowl projections:

BCS National Championship Game: Alabama vs. Ohio State
Sugar Bowl: Texas A&M vs. Clemson
Capital One Bowl: Georgia vs. Michigan
Outback Bowl: Florida vs. Wisconsin
Cotton Bowl: LSU vs. Oklahoma
BBVA Compass Bowl: Vanderbilt vs. South Florida
Gator Bowl: Ole Miss vs. Michigan State
Chick-fil-A Bowl: South Carolina vs. Florida State
Liberty Bowl: Mississippi State vs. Tulsa
Independence Bowl: Auburn vs. Virginia
Music City Bowl: Missouri vs. Georgia Tech

Out: Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Few thoughts:

  • Gus Malzahn could be the only new coach to reach a bowl game, leaving Bret Bielema, Mark Stoops and Butch Jones at home in December and January. Of the three out, Arkansas is the next most likely to go to a bowl game.
  • I’ve projected Texas A&M, Georgia and South Carolina all with 10 wins, with Georgia reaching the SEC Championship. Texas A&M – like Florida last year – could jump the SEC Championship loser and head to the Sugar Bowl.

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