Sunday, October 8, 2017

Alabama and Georgia are bowl eligible.

Alabama and Georgia remained unbeaten following Week 6, both becoming bowl eligible. 5-1 Auburn could join them with a win in Week 7. Kentucky is also 5-1, but has a bye next weekend.

As for the rest of the SEC, it could be two or three weeks before one of the 4-2 or 3-3 teams can obtain the six wins needed to be bowl eligible.

Here is where the SEC teams with three or more stand at the moment. Projections are from CBS Sports' Jerry Palm

Six wins (bowl eligible)

SEC West

Alabama (6-0, 3-0 conference)

Projected bowl :

2018 Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, La., Jan 1, 2018)

Projected opponent:

Penn State (5-0)

Palm's projection for 'Bama's Sugar Bowl opponent has changed from Ohio State to Penn State, with the Buckeyes facing Clemson in the 2018 Rose Bowl Game. Personally, I have doubts as to whether two Big Ten teams like Penn St. and Ohio St. can snatch up two College Football Playoff spots when they have to face each other on Oct. 28.

SEC East

Georgia (6-0, 3-0 SEC)

Projected bowl: 

2017 Cotton Bowl Classic (Arlington, Tx., Dec. 29)

Projected opponent:

Washington (5-0) 

Oklahoma's loss has not only altered whom Palm projects Georgia's bowl opponent would be, it's changed the bowl game that Palm projects the Bulldogs would go to From the 2018 Peach Bowl to the 2017 Cotton Bowl. His projection last week was for Georgia to face Penn St. in the Peach Bowl.

Georgia's last Cotton Bowl appearance was in 1984, when the Bulldogs beat Texas 10-9.

Five wins (Magic number: 1)

SEC West

Auburn (5-1, 3-0 conference)

Being 3-0 in the SEC means little at the moment, as Auburn faces three road games in a row. The Tigers first travel to LSU on Oct. 14, then to Arkansas Oct. 21, then go from a Week 9 bye to face Texas A&M at Kyle Field on Nov. 4.

Auburn should be bowl eligible before it hosts Georgia on Nov. 11, but going 3-0 before facing the Bulldogs could be asking too much. The

Projected bowl:

2017 Orange Bowl (Miami, Fl.. Dec. 30)

Projected opponent: 

Miami (Fl.)

Palm upgrades Auburn from the 2018 Outback Bowl to the Orange Bowl, a New Years Six bowl game.

SEC East

Kentucky (5-1, 2-1 conference)

Kentucky has a bye week in Week 7, then travel to Mississippi State on Oct. 21, come home to face Tennessee on Oct. 28, Then host Ole Miss on Nov. 4. All three games are going to be hard to win.

Projected bowl: 

2017 Liberty Bowl (Memphis, Tn. Dec. 30)

Projected opponent:

Texas Tech

Projection switches from Independence Bowl to Liberty Bowl.

Four wins (Magic number: 2)

Texas A&M (4-2, 2-1 conference)

Asking for Texas A&M to win two of its next three games may be harder than it looks. The Aggies travel to Florida on Oct. 14, have a bye in Week 8, then host SEC West division opponents Mississippi State on Oct. 28, then Auburn on Nov. 4.

Projected bowl:

2017 Texas Bowl (Houston Tx., Dec. 27

Projected opponent: 

West Virginia

No change from last week.

LSU (4-2, 1-1 conference)

Will LSU be able to secure bowl eligibility between now and its Week 9 bye week? The Bayou Bengals host the fellow SEC Tiger team Auburn on Oct. 14, then travel to Ole Miss on Oct. 21. The Tigers' lackluster performance means a a 1-1 split is the most reasonable projection.

The next game following the bye week is a road game vs. Alabama on Nov. 4. If LSU is 4-5. after 'Bama, all bets will be off as to whether the Tigers will be able to make it to six wins this season.

Projected Bowl:

2018 Outback Bowl (Tampa, Fl. Jan 1, 2018)

Projected opponent: 


It's an upgrade from the Liberty Bowl, I guess.

SEC East

South Carolina (4-2, 2-2 conference)

Is South Carolina out of the SEC East division title race at 4-2? Maybe not, as the Gamecocks face Tennessee on Oct.14, comes off a bye wee head home to host Vanderbilt on Oct.28, then travel to Georgia on Nov. 4.

Projected Bowl:

2017 Belk Bowl (Charlotte, NC, Dec 30)

Projecteed opponent:

Florida State

Three wins (Magic number: 3)

SEC West 

Mississippi State (3-2, 1-2 conference)

Mississippi State hosts BYU on Oct. 14, Then Kentucky on Oct. 21. Mississippi St. ends October on the road against Texas A&M on, Oct. 28.

Projected Bowl:

2018 Citrus Bowl (Orlando, Jan 1, 2018)

Projected opponent:

Michigan State

Tennessee (3-2, 0-2 conference)

Week 6 was a bye week for Tennessee, which needed it after being shellacked by Georgia the previous weekend. There are absolutely no probable wins over the next three games for the Vols. They host South Carolina on Oct. 14, then head to Alabama for Third Saturday in October time on Oct. 21. Tennessee remains on the road to face Kentucky on Nov. 4.

Projected bowl: 

2017 TaxSlayer Bowl ( Jacksonville, Fl, Dec. 30)

Projected opponent: 

North Carolina State

Slight upgrade for Tennessee, bowl wise.

Vanderbilt (3-3, conference 0-3)

Vandy visits Ole Miss on Oct,14, , then stays on the road to play South Carolina on Oct. 21. The Gamecocks host Western Kentucky on Oct. 28. Nothing here can be easily be called a probable win.

Projected bowl:

2018 Birmingham Bowl

Projected opponent: 

South Florida

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