SEC bowl projections, Week 2

Jim Tomlin | 5 months ago

Texas A&M looked about as good in a loss as Aggies fans could want on Saturday.

Coach Jimbo Fisher’s team went toe to toe with a terrific Clemson bunch at Kyle Field and was a 2-point conversion away from perhaps forcing overtime.

It might be overly optimistic to project the Aggies into the Citrus Bowl at this point, but we will see what the SEC schedule brings.

Kentucky flipped the script on Florida, ending a 31-game losing streak against the Gators and winning in Gainesville for the first time since 1979. As a result, the Wildcats move up in the projected SEC bowl pecking order, and Florida moves down. South Carolina moves down a bit, but the Gamecocks could still be the second-best team in the SEC East even after losing to Georgia. After all, this list is a projection of where teams will end up when the regular season concludes, not where they are now.

Nothing has changed at the top, where Alabama, Georgia and Auburn have given us no reason to doubt that they will be jockeying for College Football Playoff and New Year’s Day 6 bowl bids all season. And after Penn State went on the road and walloped old rival Pittsburgh, I feel (slightly) less queasy about picking the Nittany Lions to wind up in the CFP.

So, on to the projections:

CFP Semifinal (Orange Bowl)
December 29, 2018
Miami, FL
vs.

CFP Semifinal (Cotton Bowl)
December 29, 2018
Arlington, TX
vs.

Sugar Bowl
January 1, 2019
New Orleans, LA
vs.

Citrus Bowl
January 1, 2019
Orlando, FL
vs.

Outback Bowl
January 1, 2019
Tampa, FL
vs.

TaxSlayer Bowl
December 31, 2018
Jacksonville, FL
vs.

Liberty Bowl
December 31, 2018
Memphis, TN
vs.

Music City Bowl
December 28, 2018
Nashville, TN
vs.

Belk Bowl
December 29, 2018
Charlotte, NC
vs.

Texas Bowl
December 27, 2018
Houston, TX
vs.

Birmingham Bowl
December 22, 2018
Birmingham, AL
vs.

2017-2018 POSTSEASON
CFP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
26
vs.
23

CFP SEMIFINAL (SUGAR BOWL)
24
vs.
6

CFP SEMIFINAL (ROSE BOWL)
54
vs.
48

PEACH BOWL
27
vs.
34

CITRUS BOWL
21
vs.
17

OUTBACK BOWL
26
vs.
19

TAXSLAYER BOWL
31
vs.
27

MUSIC CITY BOWL
23
vs.
24

BELK BOWL
52
vs.
55

TEXAS BOWL
33
vs.
16

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  • Heck of an effort by the Aggies. I really wanted them to pull off the upset.

    • What I really loved to see was that not a single player or coach felt it was a “moral victory”. With Sumlin gone and Fisher in, this team finally believes in themselves and has the right culture and attitude. Unlike a team and coach further south that will go unnamed.

  • And you thought Florida had enough problems playing in one game, how about 2 bowl games?

    • 1.5 – one of them is against texas. It’s the Hype Bowl, where they play for a preseason top 20 ranking.

      I’m guessing one of those is supposed to be Vandy or Tennessee?

  • Nice Job Gators. You made 2 bowl games..

  • Yes, Missouri is riding a 7 out of last 8 winning wave and these wins include Wyoming, Florida, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, and Arkansas. At some point haters have to say, Florida wasn’t that bad, Arkansas wasn’t that bad. Missouri is at least improving enough to avoid upsets and to score a ton of points again normally tough defenses just named.

    Oh by the way Tennessee fans, how do you like Dooley so far?

    • Let’s play a decent team before we get excited about Dooley. Im not real happy with our running game, not sure if it’s the scheme or if our linemen just can’t clear a lane.

    • I will forever dislike (hate is such a strong word) Dooley for what he did at UT. I think most people believe about any OC could score against mid level teams with your QB and offense. frankly you could score about as many with no OC at all vs the teams you played so far. Mizzou will score we all know that. Maybe, probably in spite of, not because of, Dooley.

  • Wow! I was worried UF would have trouble making a bowl after the way they looked on Saturday, but SDS has them going to TWO bowls! That’s great!

  • The fact you guys think UT will make a bowl game is hilarious. Maybe next year.

    • Lots of football left. Anything can happen. It looks like it will be a big challenge no doubt. But there are 6 winnable games on the schedule including big blue. Not predicting a win or a loss yet but if you think we can’t win that game you are mistaken. Congrats on the win vs gators.

  • A team that barely beat App State at home projected in the playoffs. You’re kidding, right?

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