Early dents in the resumes of SEC powers LSU, Tennessee and Ole Miss have changed the 2016 outlook for several of the conference’s teams, according to the latest bowl projections.
With the dust settled on a wild Week 1, SEC Country compiled expert predictions made by multiple media outlets, including ESPN (Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy), CBS Sports, 247Sports and its own set of projections. FOX Sports also predicted the College Football Playoff and New Year’s six games.
Here’s where SEC squads are supposed to go bowling as of Week 2:
- SEC Country: Fiesta Bowl vs. Florida State (CFP)
- ESPN1: Peach Bowl vs. Houston (CFP)
- ESPN2: Peach Bowl vs. Houston (CFP)
- 247Sports: Fiesta Bowl vs Houston (CFP)
- CBS: Peach Bowl vs. Houston (CFP)
- FOX: Peach Bowl vs. TCU (CFP)
Everyone’s all in on Houston after the Cougars upset Oklahoma. A reminder: They still have to play Louisville, Cincinnati and Memphis.
- SEC Country: Orange Bowl vs. Clemson (NY6)
- ESPN1: Sugar Bowl vs. Oklahoma (NY6)
- ESPN2: Sugar Bowl vs. Texas (NY6)
- 247Sports: Orange Bowl vs. Florida State (NY6)
- CBS: Cotton Bowl vs. Iowa (NY6)
The Bulldogs shot up everyone’s board as one of the few SEC teams not to play a stinker last weekend.
- SEC Country: Sugar Bowl vs. Oklahoma (NY6)
- ESPN1: Cotton Bowl vs. Washington (NY6)
- ESPN2: Orange Bowl vs. Clemson (NY6)
- 247Sports: Texas Bowl vs. Oklahoma State
- CBS: Texas Bowl vs. Baylor
Ditto for the Aggies.
- SEC Country: Music City Bowl vs. Wisconsin
- ESPN1: Outback Bowl vs. Michigan State
- ESPN2: Music City Bowl vs. Iowa
- 247Sports: Sugar Bowl vs. Oklahoma (NY6)
- CBS: Sugar Bowl vs. Oklahoma (NY6)
An ugly second-half collapse against Florida State broke a wheel on the Ole Miss hype wagon.
- SEC Country: Citrus Bowl vs. Michigan State
- ESPN1: Citrus Bowl vs. Iowa
- ESPN2: Citrus Bowl vs. Wisconsin
- 247Sports: Citrus Bowl vs. Michigan State
- CBS: Citrus Bowl vs. Michigan State
- FOX: Sugar Bowl vs. Oklahoma (NY6)
Like the head ball coach said: “Can’t spell citrus without U-T.”
- SEC Country: Outback Bowl vs. Nebraska
- ESPN1: Belk Bowl vs. North Carolina
- ESPN2: TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Virginia Tech
- 247Sports: Outback Bowl vs. Iowa
- CBS: Outback Bowl vs. Michigan
And all Les Miles’ horses, and all Les Miles’ men, couldn’t put the Tigers together again.
- SEC Country: TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Miami
- ESPN1: TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Nebraska
- ESPN2: Outback Bowl vs. Nebraska
- 247Sports: TaxSlayer Bowl vs. North Carolina
- CBS: TaxSlayer Bowl vs. North Carolina
The Gators didn’t exactly devour UMass in Saturday’s 24-7 win, but they are ready to chomp on some taxes in Jacksonville.
- SEC Country: Liberty Bowl vs. West Virginia
- ESPN1: Music City Bowl vs. Miami
- ESPN2: Texas Bowl vs. TCU
- 247Sports: Liberty Bowl vs. West Virginia
- CBS: Liberty Bowl vs. Texas
Despite Gus Malzahn’s best efforts, the Tigers still appear bowl-worthy by virtue of their defense.
- SEC Country: No bowl
- ESPN1: Texas Bowl vs. Oklahoma State
- ESPN2: Belk Bowl vs. Miami
- 247Sports: Music City Bowl vs. Wisconsin
- CBS: Music City Bowl vs. Nebraska
I’m not so bullish on the Hogs. They replace a ton on offense, and if their running game doesn’t find its groove quickly, 2016 could be a tough one.
- SEC Country: Belk Bowl vs. Pittsburgh
- ESPN1: Liberty Bowl vs. Baylor
- ESPN2: Liberty Bowl vs. Baylor
- 247Sports: Belk Bowl vs. Virginia Tech
- CBS: No bowl
Will Muschamp appears on track to double South Carolina’s win total from last season. And not one matchup with The Citadel in sight!
- SEC Country: Texas Bowl vs. Baylor
- Everyone else: No bowl
The Bulldogs are better than they looked in Saturday’s horrifying loss to South Alabama. And by December, bowl committees will have forgotten all about Week 1.
- CBS: Belk Bowl vs. Virginia Tech
- Everyone else: No bowl
Consensus no bowls: Vanderbilt, Kentucky