Here’s the list:
- 12/28: Alabama (6-6) vs. Oklahoma State (6-6) in Independence Bowl
- 12/29: Kentucky (7-5) vs. Clemson (8-4) in Music City Bowl
- 12/29: South Carolina (7-5) vs. Houston (10-3) in Liberty Bowl
- 12/30: Georgia (8-4) vs. Virginia Tech (10-2) in Chick-Fil-A Bowl
- 1/1: Auburn (10-2) vs. Nebraska (9-4) in Cotton Bowl
- 1/1: Tennessee (9-3) vs. Penn State (8-4) in Outback Bowl
- 1/1: Arkansas (10-3) vs. Wisconsin (11-1) in Capital One Bowl
- 1/3: LSU (10-2) vs. Notre Dame (10-2) in Sugar Bowl
- 1/8: Florida (12-1) vs. Ohio State (12-0) in BCS National Championship Game
On paper, it looks like a middling post-season for the conference, around 5-4, although it’s pretty impressive that the SEC got nine teams in bowls this time. I like LSU’s, Auburn’s and Tennessee’s chances a lot. ‘Bama and Kentucky look to be on the short end of pretty big sticks. I don’t think Florida will be embarrassed, but I don’t think they can take Ohio State. South Carolina shouldn’t have problems with Houston, but after that spectacular crash and burn last year against Missouri, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Gamecocks did, although I still think they win.
Georgia and Arky are the big mysteries for me. Wisconsin is well coached, but they only played one really good team this year and got smacked. Arky is all over the place, but with those skill position players, you can never count them out – although I wonder who will be returning punts in the bowl game.
As for the Dawgs, it will come down to which team shows up, of course. They’ll have to win the turnover battle to have a decent shot, and the receivers have to remember to show up for the game. What I don’t like as a Georgia fan is that (1) Va. Tech runs the ball well (run defense in big games has been an Achilles heel for Georgia under Martinez); (2) the Hokies’ place kicker basically doesn’t miss; (3) Tech’s defense has been outstanding over the last six games, as opposed to Georgia’s two; and (4) Bobo’s play calling will be under the spotlight for the first time.
On the other hand, Reggie Ball’s team killed Virginia Tech this season, so there ought to be some flaws to exploit somewhere…