We’re just 5 weeks into the 2021 college football season, but fans and experts everywhere are looking at the postseason picture.

CBS Sports expert Jerry Palm updated his Bowl Season forecast after Week 5’s games. Noticeably absent from Palm’s projections is LSU. Ed Orgeron’s squad dropped to 3-2 with Saturday’s loss to SEC West rival Auburn. LSU has a difficult 5-game stretch coming up against Kentucky, Florida, Ole Miss, Alabama and Arkansas. It appears Palm doesn’t see the Tigers getting to bowl eligibility in 2021.

Palm still has 2 SEC teams in the College Football Playoff and another conference team making a New Year’s Six (NY6) bowl.

Here are Palm’s full SEC projections:


Orange Bowl (CFP Semifinal) vs. Oklahoma


Sugar Bowl (NY6) vs. Texas


Texas Bowl vs. Baylor


Outback Bowl vs. Michigan


Cotton Bowl (CFP Semifinal) vs. Iowa


Citrus Bowl vs. Michigan State

Mississippi State

Liberty Bowl vs. Iowa State


Birmingham Bowl vs. Kent State

Ole Miss

Gator Bowl vs. Wake Forest


Duke’s Mayo Bowl vs. North Carolina

Texas A&M

Music City Bowl vs. Minnesota