Sunday, October 22, 2017

Auburn and LSU join Alabama and Georgia among the SEC teams that are bowl eligible.


Week 8 of the college football season saw the  number of bowl eligible teams in the SEC double from two teams to four. Auburn and LSU joined Alabama and Georgia as teams who have won at least six games this season, making them eligible for postseason play.



South Carolina, Texas A&M, and Mississippi State are on the edge of bowl eligibility, with five wins. Texas A&M and Mississippi St. face each other in Week 9, meaning that only two of the three teams can cash in their ticket for bowl eligibility next week.

Six-plus wins (bowl eligible)


SEC East 


Georgia (7-0, conference 4-0)

Next three games

Oct. 28 vs. Florida

Nov. 4 vs South Carolina

Nov. 11 @ Auburn

Georgia faces three of its toughest rivals over the next three weeks.

Projected bowl

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

Projected opponent

Miami (FL.)

Palm continues with the "ICWYDT" projection of Georgia vs. Miami for another week.


SEC West 


Alabama (8-0, conference 5-0)

Next three games

Oct. 28 BYE

Nov. 4 vs. LSU

Nov. 11 @ Mississippi St.

Nov, 18 vs. Mercer

'Bama has an opportune bye, as it prepares to face an LSU team that has gotten back into the groove of being LSU in recent weeks. Mississippi St. could be the trap road game of the year. FCS division Mercer is currently 4-4, and probably not a strong enough team to pull an upset.

Auburn (6-2, conference 4-1)

Next three games

Oct. 28 BYE

Nov. 4 @ Texas A&M

Nov. 11 vs. Georgia

Nov. 18 vs. Louisiana-Monroe

Projected bowl 

2018 Citrus Bowl (Jan 1., 2018, Miami, FL.)

Projected opponent 

Michigan State

Auburn last played Mich. St. in 1938, when Aubie defeated Sparty in the 1938 Orange Bowl.

LSU (6-2, conference 3-1)

Next three games 

Oct. 28 BYE

Nov. 4 @ Alabama

No .  11 vs. Arkansas

Nov. @ Tennessee

Buyer's remorse? What buyer's remorse? LSU seems to have righted the ship after losses to Mississippi St. and Troy. First-year Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron's is safe until the end of the Nov. 4 showdown against Alabama,

Projected bowl 

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

Projected opponent

Orgeron-coached LSU vs. the Jim Harbaugh coached Michigan Wolverines in the "Honeymoon is Over Bowl."

Five wins (Magic number: 1)


SEC East 


South Carolina (5-2, conference 3-2)

Next three games

Oct. 28 vs. Vanderbilt

Nov. 4 @ Georgia

Nov. 11 vs. Florida

South Carolina's chances to be the SEC East conference's representative in the SEC Championship Game all depend on Florida beating Georgia next Saturday, and the Gamecocks winning all the remaining three teams on its conference schedule.

Projected bowl 

2017 Belk Bowl (Dec. 29, Charlotte, NC)

Projected opponent

Florida State

South Carolina has only won three if its nineteen meetings with FSU. The Gamecocks last win against the Seminoles was in 1984.

Kentucky (5-2, conference 2-2)

Next three games

Oct. 28 vs. Tennessee

Nov. 4 vs. Ole Miss

Nov. 11 @ Vanderbilt

Is an SEC East title still possible for Kentucky? It would probably have to take an entire collapse by Georgia in order to do that. Of course, this being Georgia we're talking about, it's still a distinct possibility.

Projected bowl

2017 Music City Bowl (Dec. 29, Nashville. TN)

Projected opponent

Iowa

South Carolina defeated Iowa is the 2009 Outback Bowl, which in the only time the two teams have met.

SEC West


Texas A&M (5-2, conference 3-1)

Next three games

Oct. 28 vs. Mississippi St.

Nov. 4 vs. Auburn

Nov. 11 New Mexico

In theory, Texas A&M should get at least one win. New Mexico is so screaming upset, though.


Projected bowl 

2017 Texas Bowl (Dec. 27, Houston, TX.)

Projected opponent

Kansas State

Palm projected a Texas vs. Texas A&M matchup in the 2017 Texas Bowl last week. The Longhorns' continued descent into mediocracy makes justifying this kind of wish fulfillment pick near impossible to happen this season.

Mississippi State (5-2, conference 2-2)

Next three games 

Oct. 28 @ Texas A&M

Nov. 4 UMass

Nov. 11 Alabama

Best chances for a sixth win among this three-game stint is with UMass. If Mississippi St. goes 0-3, start the Dan Mullen firing rumors without any hesitation.

Projected bowl 

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

Projected opponent 

Iowa

Miss. St. and Iowa have never faced each other, so this projected matchup would be one to but on the watch list.

Four games (Magic number: 2)


None for both divisions

Three games (Magic number: 3)


SEC East 


Florida (3-3. conference 3-2)

Next three games

Oct. 28 vs. Georgia (@ Jacksonville, FL)

Nov. 4 @ Missouri

Nov. @  South Carolina

The annual festival of schadenfreude that is the Georgia-Florida game begins Florida's quest to claim an SEC East title. About anything can happen here, and it's usually been bad next for Georgia these past 30 years.

Projected bowl 

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

Projected opponent 

Louisville

Oh look, a replay of the 2013 Sugar Bowl, only in Jacksonville, and with different head coaches.

Tennessee (3-4, conference 0-4)

Next three games

Oct. 28 @ Kentucky

11/4 Southern Mississippi

11/11 @ Missouri.

The countdown to the end of the Butch Jones era is coming sooner that later, Southern Miss. and Missouri seem the best places to get two wins, at least.)

Projected bowl

2017 Birmingham Bowl (Dec. 23, Birmingham, AL.)

Projected opponent 

Central Florida

Would Butch Jones keeping his job after this season at Tennessee be considered as a Christmass miracle?

Vanderbilt (3-4, conference 0-4)

Next three games

Oct. 28 @ South Carolina

Nov. 4 Kentucky

Nov. 11 BYE

Nov. 18 vs. Missouri

This three-game stretch win be neither good, watchable, or pretty.

Projected bowl (Jason Kirk, SB*Nation)

2017 Music City Bowl

Projected opponent

Indiana

Vandy vs. Indiana gives new meaning to the term "Murder on Music Row."


SEC West


None (Ole Miss is 3-4, but is on a self-imposed banhammering.
























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