The SEC has tied its own record by sending two teams into the College Football Playoff and broke its own record by sending 13 of its 14 teams to the postseason.

So what else is new?

The conference whose members account for 295 bowl victories all-time will have plenty of opportunities to make more memories this December and early January.

So here is one thing to know about each postseason game that the SEC is involved in – all 13 of them! – for the 2021-22 bowl season, in chronological order.

Armed Forces: Missouri vs. Army (Dec. 22)

The last time Missouri took on a service academy in a postseason game, it also happened in Texas. The Tigers lost to Navy 35-13 in the 2009 Texas Bowl in Houston. But not all of the history is bad for Mizzou: The Tigers beat Navy 21-0 in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 1, 1961.

Gasparilla: Florida vs. UCF (Dec. 23)

The Gators are playing in their earliest postseason game since the 1980 season. That year, just as in 2021, Florida stayed in their home state, but that year it was the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, on Dec. 20. Florid bested Maryland in that game, 35-20.

Birmingham: Auburn vs. Houston (Dec. 28)

With their 46th bowl appearance, the Tigers will break a tie with Georgia Tech for the 15th most postseason games of any program. But this is only Auburn’s second appearance in its home state – the team also played in the Birmingham Bowl in 2015, when the Tigers defeated Memphis 31-10.

Liberty: Mississippi State vs. Texas Tech (Dec. 28)

This is the 12th consecutive season that Mississippi State has appeared in a postseason game. Yes, there are a lot more bowls than there used to be, but that’s still a remarkable streak for the Bulldogs because, until 2009, they had only played 13 bowls in program history.

Duke’s Mayo: South Carolina vs. North Carolina (Dec. 30)

Though Columbia and Chapel Hill are only about 200 miles apart, the football programs from neighboring states have only met 4 times since 1991. But the Gamecocks and Tar Heels were near-annual rivals when South Carolina played in the ACC, from 1953-71, and in the Southern Conference before that.

Music City: Tennessee vs. Purdue (Dec. 30)

The Boilermakers are second in FBS in passing completion percentage at 72.2%, trailing only SEC team Mississippi State. That helps explain why Purdue is 21st in time of possession – perhaps a bad omen for the Volunteers, who are dead last among 130 FBS teams in time of possession (24:03 per game).

Gator: Texas A&M vs. Wake Forest (Dec. 31)

The Aggies, who only played in two Florida bowls from 1921-2017, are now making their third appearance in the Sunshine State in 4 seasons. Texas A&M is also facing an ACC opponent for the fourth time in its past 5 bowl trips, including a 55-52 loss to these Demon Deacons in the 2017 Belk Bowl.

Cotton: Alabama vs. Cincinnati (CFP semifinal, Dec. 31)

This is Alabama’s 50th major bowl appearance, extending their record. By major we mean the traditional 4 (Rose, Sugar, Cotton, Orange) plus the Fiesta and Peach since they became part of the New Year’s Day 6, and the CFP or BCS national title game. The tally is: 16 Sugar Bowl appearances, 7 Rose, 9 Cotton including this New Year’s Eve, 9 Orange, 1 Peach and 8 CFP/BCS championship games.

Orange: Georgia vs. Michigan (CFP semifinal, Dec. 31)

This is the first Orange Bowl appearance for Georgia since Jan. 1, 1960. In that game, the Bulldogs met future SEC East Division rival Missouri and defeated the Tigers 14-0. UGA quarterback Fran Tarkenton threw for both touchdowns for the Dawgs. Also, Georgia will break a tie with Texas for the second-most bowl appearances ever with postseason game No. 58.

Outback: Arkansas vs. Penn State (Jan. 1)

This is the first January bowl for the Razorbacks since the 2015 season, when Arkansas beat Kansas State in the Liberty Bowl on Jan. 2, 2016. The Hogs went to 7 January bowls in a 10-year span from January 1960 to January 1970 including 4 Sugar Bowls.

Citrus: Kentucky vs. Iowa (Jan. 1)

This is the 3rd January bowl appearance in 4 years for the Wildcats, and the 4th trip to the Sunshine State in 6 years as their postseason destination. Even though the SEC and Big Ten clash in a few bowls every season and have for many years, this is the first postseason meeting between Kentucky and Iowa.

Sugar: Ole Miss vs. Baylor (Jan. 1)

At 25-13 all-time in bowl games, the Rebels own the best postseason winning percentage (.658) in the SEC. Among Power 5 programs, only Utah (.739) owns a better success rate in bowls, and the Utes were not in the Pac-12 for most of those appearances. Ole Miss is 8-1 in its past 9 bowls.

Texas: LSU vs. Kansas State (Jan. 4)

LSU is back in the postseason after last year’s self-imposed bowl ban ended a streak of 20 consecutive years with a bowl game for the program. This is the first postseason meeting for the Tigers against Kansas State but their third against a Big 12 team in 7 bowl games.