SEC bowl projections from CBS Sports after Week 2
There have been some exciting games in the first two weeks, but the 2018 college football season is still waiting for its first major upset. Until that happens, there likely won’t be any significant changes in the race to the College Football Playoff.
That was certainly the case for the 2018 bowl projections from CBS Sports. In the SEC, Alabama stayed at No. 1 and is projected to play Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl. Georgia and Auburn stayed in their spots from last week as well in the Sugar and Peach Bowls, respectively.
If Auburn earns a bid to the Peach Bowl, it will be the fourth time the Tigers play at Mercedez-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The stadium opened just last August.
The SEC is tied for the lead among all conferences with three teams in the New Year’s Six bowls. The Big Ten also has three teams with Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State projected to make the Orange, Sugar and Peach Bowls, respectively.
Interestingly, the CBS Sports projections only have one ACC team, Clemson, in the New Year’s Six bowls. The ACC was regarded as the conference closest to the SEC as the best in the country heading into the 2017 season, but the league doesn’t have any other elite teams except the Tigers this year, and Clemson struggled with Texas A&M in Week 2.
In total, the Week 1 CBS Sports bowl projections included 10 SEC teams. Arkansas fell out of the projections after blowing a lead to Colorado State in Week 2, but Kentucky jumped into the fray after beating Florida.
Below is a list of all the bowl-bound teams in the SEC and their opponents in the projections.