SEC's 14 burning questions entering bowl season
This year’s bowl matchups were announced on Sunday, officially transitioning the SEC from the regular season to the postseason. Twelve of the SEC’s 14 teams will take part in a bowl game this winter, including one playoff team (Alabama) and two more participating in New Year’s Six bowls (Mississippi State and Ole Miss).
Here are the burning questions facing all 14 SEC teams as we turn the page to bowl season:
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1. Alabama: Will previous showdowns between Nick Saban and Urban Meyer have any influence on Alabama’s semifinal matchup with Ohio State?
2. Arkansas: Will Brandon Allen be 100 percent when the Razorbacks take on Texas? (For what it’s worth, he is in the middle of what turns out to be a 30-day recovery period between the Hogs’ season finale and their bowl game on Dec. 29.)
3. Auburn: The Tigers are 12th in the nation in rushing, while Wisconsin ranks fourth — which defense will do a better job of stopping the other’s rushing attack?
4. Florida: How will the Gators respond in their bowl matchup against East Carolina with interim coach D.J. Durklin leading the way?
5. Georgia: Will Nick Chubb extend his streak of 100-yard games against Louisville and the nation’s No. 3 run defense?
6. Kentucky: Who will be Kentucky’s next offensive coordinator? Will the Wildcats bring in a coach to run Neal Brown’s Air Raid offense, or will it transition into a new offense with its next coordinator?
7. LSU: Les Miles is definitely coming back, right?
8. Mississippi: In a battle of strengths, can the Ole Miss Landshark defense slow down Trevone Boykin and the explosive TCU offense in this year’s Peach Bowl?
9. Mississippi State: Will the Orange Bowl serve as the site for Dak Prescott’s final game at Mississippi State?
10. Missouri: How will the Tigers respond following a 29-point loss in the SEC championship game?
11. South Carolina: Will this be Lorenzo Ward’s final game as the Gamecocks’ defensive coordinator? Even if he’s retained, will he lose any of his assistants following the bowl game?
12. Tennessee: How will the Volunteers respond in their first bowl game since 2010? Considering it is the first bowl appearance for most of the roster, how will those players handle the moment?
13. Texas A&M: How will the Aggie defense handle West Virginia and the nation’s No. 11 offense without recently fired defensive coordinator Mark Snyder?
14. Vanderbilt: Who will be Vanderbilt’s next offensive coordinator, and how will he handle the quarterback position entering spring practice this March?