SEC bowl projections after Week 2

Jim Tomlin | 13 days ago

Week 2 in the SEC didn’t see any big surprises. Maybe a minor surprise for those who thought Georgia would leave South Bend with a loss (ahem), but other than than the league pretty much held to form, much to the relief of Texas A&M fans who saw their team struggle with FCS foe Nicholls State.

Auburn was not be punished much in the polls, and not at all here, for losing at defending national champion Clemson. This will come as a relief for Jarrett Stidham, who took enough punishment Saturday night.

Some shakeups took place outside the SEC, with Oklahoma registering a signature victory at Ohio State and moving up out of the projected matchup with Alabama in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Sugar Bowl (instead securing a Rose Bowl berth in the other semi).

The Crimson Tide are now projected to face Penn State in a renewal of a cross-sectional 1980s rivalry that was revived with meetings in 2010 and 2011. Of course older Bama fans will recall with reverence the 1979 Sugar Bowl showdown between the teams (hello, Barry Krauss). And LSU moves up to become the highest-ranked team eligible for the Orange Bowl, so that’s the new home for the Tigers.

Remember, the season is a marathon, so this is not a reflection of how teams stand now but how they are projected to stand at the end of the season.

Texas A&M and Arkansas are still in despite shaky performances and Missouri … well, I didn’t think the Tigers would beat South Carolina anyway, so yeah, sure. For now.

CFP Semifinal (Sugar Bowl)
January 1, 2018
New Orleans, LA
vs.

Orange Bowl
December 30, 2017
Miami, FL
vs.

Peach Bowl
December 30, 2017
Atlanta, GA
vs.

Citrus Bowl
January 1, 2018
Orlando, FL
vs.

Outback Bowl
January 1, 2018
Tampa, FL
vs.

Texas Bowl
December 27, 2017
Houston, TX
vs.

TaxSlayer Bowl
December 30, 2017
Jacksonville, FL
vs.

Belk Bowl
December 29, 2017
Charlotte, NC
vs.

Music City Bowl
December 29, 2017
Nashville, TN
vs.

Liberty Bowl
December 30, 2017
Memphis, TN
vs.

Birmingham Bowl
December 23, 2017
Birmingham, AL
vs.

Independence Bowl
December 27, 2017
Shreveport, LA
vs.

2016-2017 POSTSEASON
CFP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
31
vs.
35

CFP SEMIFINAL (PEACH BOWL)
24
vs.
7

CFP SEMIFINAL (FIESTA BOWL)
31
vs.
0

SUGAR BOWL
19
vs.
35

OUTBACK BOWL
30
vs.
3

TAXSLAYER BOWL
18
vs.
33

CITRUS BOWL
29
vs.
9

MUSIC CITY BOWL
38
vs.
24

LIBERTY BOWL
31
vs.
23

BELK BOWL
24
vs.
35

BIRMINGHAM BOWL
39
vs.
46

TEXAS BOWL
28
vs.
33

INDEPENDENCE BOWL
17
vs.
41

ST. PETERSBURG BOWL
17
vs.
16

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  • Sugar: Bama vs Ohio State
    Cotton: LSU vs Washington or Penn State
    Peach: Georgia vs South Florida
    Citrus: Auburn vs Wisconsin or Michigan
    Outback: South Carolina vs Nebraska
    Taxslayer: Tennessee vs Iowa
    Music City: Mississippi St vs Virginia Tech
    Belk: Florida vs Georgia Tech
    Texas: Texas A&M vs TCU
    Liberty: Vandy vs West Virginia
    Independance: Arkansas vs Wake Forest
    Birmingham: Kentucky vs Memphis

    • UGA in the Peach and UF in the Belk. That’s funny.

      • UF has an 0-1 record and still has to play Tennessee, LSU, Georgia, and FSU, not to mention an improved South Carolina. UGA may not make it to the Peach Bowl but UF certainly isn’t making it anywhere near a NY6 game.

        PS what’s funny is UF’s offense

  • Already predicting bowl scenarios = I have nothing to write about.

  • Even if, and its a big if, Sumlin can find a way to get this team up for more than one game at a stretch, where on this schedule is Sumlin going to pull out 5 more wins? I do not see it. Sumlin has hired a bunch of high priced AC’s he cannot get anything out of, he has no clue how to recruit, coach and or retain QB’s (hello, that’s why he was hired in the first place). Sumlin might have been a good coach at some point, but in the big leagues he is totally outclassed.

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