It seems the SEC (besides Alabama) has had a down year this fall.
Every team in the conference other than Alabama and Florida has three regular-season losses. The Gators could reach that mark, too, if they lose at Florida State next week.
The SEC East has been called the worst Power 5 division in football. It was up for grabs for weeks with Florida, Tennessee and even Kentucky having a chance to take control. It finally was decided when the Gators beat LSU on Saturday to clinch their spot in the conference championship game in Atlanta on Dec. 3.
Despite all of that, the SEC could still have 12 of its 14 teams playing in a bowl game this winter.
Ten conference teams are bowl-eligible. Two more could be added next week in Ole Miss and Vanderbilt, should those teams win Saturday.
Ten SEC teams are bowl eligible heading into the final weekend.Ole Miss and Vanderbilt can become bowl eligible with a win next week. #depth
— Chuck Dunlap (@SEC_Chuck) November 20, 2016
The Rebels have had a surprisingly down year. They fell below .500 again on Saturday with a 38-17 loss to Vanderbilt that pushed their record to 5-6. But Ole Miss could still play in a bowl if it beats Mississippi State at home next Saturday.
The Commodores had lost four of six games before their surprisingly easy win over Ole Miss on Saturday. They can clinch bowl eligibility with a win over Tennessee on Saturday.