Yeah, it’s May, but CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm updated his way-too-early bowl projections for 2013.
Eleven total SEC teams are projected to play in bowl games, including Alabama and Texas A&M in BCS Bowls.
Alabama and Ohio State are projected to square off in the national championship game, and this certainly won’t be the first Bama-Buckeye championship game prediction either. Do you think Urban Meyer just started breathing heavily?
Here are all 11 SEC teams’ projections:
BCS National Championship Game: Alabama vs. Ohio State
Sugar Bowl: Texas A&M vs. Clemson
Capital One Bowl: Florida vs. Michigan
Outback Bowl: Georgia 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. Virginia Tech
Liberty Bowl: Mississippi State vs. Tulsa
Independence Bowl: Missouri vs. Virginia
Music City Bowl: Arkansas vs. Georgia Tech
All the SEC haters will start to take notice about week eight or nine that not only will there be a clear SEC team in the hunt for a national championship, but there will be two (or six). The winner of Texas A&M-Alabama will be in the driver’s seat, but if the winner runs the table and the loser only drops that game, it could create a REMATCH-type situation in January, something non-SEC fans will pull their hair out over.
The only team I would add would be Auburn. With Gus Malzahn, I think he has the best shot to win right away, more so than Bret Bielema at Arkansas and Butch Jones at Tennessee.
Nine SEC teams went bowling during the 2012 season.
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