SEC bowl projections, Week 1: Chaos already
LSU and Oklahoma lost on Saturday — both at home against unranked teams.
That was just the latest bit of chaos since we last published SEC bowl projections several weeks ago.
Every conference is back playing now, or will be by the first weekend in November. That, of course, means that we should expect all of the bowls to fill their slots — whether a team’s record says that it deserves to play in the postseason or not.
Anyway, for more immediate concerns in SEC Land, LSU’s loss to Mississippi State knocks the Tigers down the league’s bowl pecking order and boosts MSU, though of course the Bulldogs still have the usual mountain to climb with Alabama, Auburn and Texas A&M looming, plus a game against East Division favorite (or at least co-favorite) Georgia.
This brings us to our usual reminder that these projections are designed to reflect where we think teams will be at the end of the season, not where they are now. There is a caveat to that in 2020 because so many conferences (Big Ten, Pac-12 and a couple of others) won’t start play for a few more weeks. So the SEC’s order will be jumbled every week while others won’t budge until November.
A perfect amount of chaos, perfect for 2020. Now on to our picks: