Perhaps the best thing to happen for the SEC all season took place Saturday in Manhattan, Kansas.

The home of Kansas State University does not seem likely to be a relevant spot for SEC fans, but it was on Saturday.

K-State shocked previously unbeaten Oklahoma 48-41, knocking the Sooners out of what looked like a near-lock for a College Football Playoff berth coming out of the weak Big 12.

We already had two SEC teams projected into the CFP anyway, but that scenario is a good bit likelier with the Sooners, at least for now, getting out of the way. Ohio State jumps into our CFP projections this week, replacing Oklahoma, but this is about who will be the best one-loss team at the end of the season. If the SEC champ, Clemson and Ohio State run the table, that leaves room for one more.

There is a lot of football to be played in November, starting with Saturday’s Florida-Georgia clash and the Alabama-LSU No. 1 vs. No. 2 game on Nov. 9. But the SEC is in an excellent position to get both its champion and a one-loss team — most likely the Alabama-LSU loser — into the Playoff semifinals. The Alabama-LSU loser will clearly be the best one-loss team in the country, certainly held in higher regard than Oklahoma.

And they can all thank the purple gang in the Little Apple.

At the other end of the SEC standings … well, if you think you know what is going to happen, you are probably wrong. We certainly have been. So after the five SEC teams which have already clinched bowl eligibility — Alabama, LSU, Florida, Georgia and Auburn — how does the rest of the league’s postseason hopes stack up?

With our almost weekly reminder that these projections are about where we think teams will wind up in December, not where they are now, here is our quick take. We’re still omitting Missouri because the NCAA does not seem inclined to reverse the bowl ban on the Tigers.

We are including our completely unscientific chances of each team making a bowl.

Texas A&M (5-3 overall, 3-2 SEC): The next game is against UTSA, which is a pretty bad team. That’s all the Aggies will need to become bowl eligible, and they will probably hit seven wins. Chances of bowling: 99.9%

Kentucky (4-4, 2-4): Unlike several other teams on this list, the Wildcats have yet to lose a nonconference game. We say UK knocks off at least Vandy and UT-Martin to hit six wins. Chances of bowling: 90%

Tennessee (3-5, 2-3): Welcome to the projections, Vols! We didn’t think it possible after those losses to Georgia State and BYU. An inconsistent UT needs to win three of four, but no juggernauts are ahead. Just don’t lose to UAB on Saturday and make us look dumb immediately, OK? Chances of bowling: 50%

Mississippi State (3-5, 1-4): The Bulldogs cannot be the team that lets Arkansas finally win an SEC game next week. Abilene Christian is a sure W, then MSU must win the Egg Bowl. It’s iffy, but … Chances of bowling: 50%

South Carolina (3-5, 2-4): Oh, Gamecocks. That Georgia win made us believe you could reach six wins. They should get to five, but then they’ll need to either win at Texas A&M or at home against Clemson. Oops. Chances of bowling: 20%

Ole Miss (3-5, 1-4): Assuming a win over putrid New Mexico State, the Rebels would have to beat either Auburn or LSU, then take the Egg Bowl. Beat MSU? Maybe. Either of the Tigers? Nah. Chances of bowling: 10%

Vanderbilt (1-3, 2-5): The win over Mizzou aside, this has not looked like a postseason team at any point this season. The Commodores have to play three of the last five on the road. Chances of bowling: 3%

Arkansas (0-5, 2-6): The Razorbacks would have to run the table against Mississippi State, Western Kentucky, LSU and Mizzou. Forget the SEC games; we’re not even sure Arkansas is better than WKU. Chances of bowling: 0.001%

Now, on to our bowl projections:

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