Bowl Eligibility Watch
|2016 Iron Bowl. Image via Bleacher Report.|
The 2016 regular season is over for the SEC. All there's left is the SEC Championship Game between Alabama and Florida in the Georgia Dome on Saturday, and then the bowls and the College Football Playoff.
Eleven SEC teams qualified for bowl eligibility via six or more wins this season. Mississippi State, while at 5-7, still might make it to a bowl because of the number of six win teams ( currently 76), is fewer than the 82 spots needed for the 41 bowl games this coming postseason. That's thanks to its Academic Progress Rate.
Here's the complete list of bowl eligible schools, and where they are projected to play. Bowl projections are from SB*Nation's Jason Kirk.
Projected Bowl: 2016 Peach Bowl vs. Ohio State (College Football Playoff, Dec. 31, Atlanta Georgia)
Projected Bowl: 2017 Sugar Bowl vs. Oklahoma (New Year's Six bowl, Jan. 2, 2017, New Orleans, La.)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Citrus Bowl vs. Virginia Tech (Dec. 31, Orlando Fl.)
Texas A&M (8-4)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Texas Bowl vs. Kansas State (Dec. 28, Houston, Tx.)
Texas' lost to TCU not only cost Charlie Strong his job, but a apparently a chance to for the first meeting college football meeting between Texas and Texas A&M since 2011.
Projected Bowl: 2016 Music City Bowl vs. Minnesota (Dec. 30, Memphis, Tn.)
Projected Bowl: 2017 Outback Bowl vs. Nebraska (Jan. 2, 2017, Tampa, Fl.)
Projected Bowl: 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Miami (Jan 2, Jacksonville, Fl.)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Birmingham Bowl vs. South Florida (Dec. 29, Birmingham, Al.)
UGA losing to Georgia Tech on Saturday also has allowed the Bulldogs to avoid facing it's former head coach, Mark RIcht, in a bowl game versus Miami.
Projected Bowl: 2016 Belk Bowl vs. North Carolina (Dec. 29, Charlotte, NC)
South Carolina (6-6)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Liberty Bowl vs. TCU (Dec. 30, Memphis, Tn.)
Projected Bowl: 2017 Independence Bowl vs. North Carolina State (Dec, 26, Shreveport, La.)
APR Lucky Dog
Mississippi State (5-7)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Armed Forces Bowl vs. Navy (Dec. 23, Ft. Worth, Tx.)
There should be a better fate deserving a school that could win the American Athletic Conference title than facing a team with a losing record that sneaks in bowl season via its APR. I'm just saying.