The TaxSlayer Bowl has narrowed its selection down to two SEC teams.
The bowl will extend an invite to either LSU or Georgia to fulfill its SEC representation, according to a report from ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.
Both teams finished 5-3 during SEC play and ended up in third place in their respective divisions. UGA would be the closer draw for the bowl game, but LSU may be the better draw for television ratings. The Bulldogs could be playing their first game without Mark Richt along the sideline. He agreed to coach UGA in its bowl game but has been interviewing for other vacancies.
McMurphy reported that either Florida State or Penn State could receive an invitation to oppose the SEC team in the game. The Seminoles would obviously be a great draw for the Jacksonville-based bowl game, while the Nittany Lions finished in fourth place in the Big Ten East with a 4-4 conference record. This would be the biggest bowl game Penn State has appeared in since the NCAA sanctions stemming from the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
Both teams’ availability will hinge on how many teams from the ACC and Big Ten qualify for New Year’s Six bowls.