SEC favored in all bowls according to ESPN’s Football Power Index
The SEC is predicted to win each of its bowl games, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index.
Tennessee has the greatest likelihood of winning its bowl game, with a 78 percent chance of beating Northwestern in the Outback Bowl on Friday. Florida has the smallest chance of winning its bowl game among SEC teams — a 50.1 percent chance of beating Michigan in the Citrus Bowl.
More importantly, Alabama has a 68 percent chance of beating Michigan State in the first round of the College Football Playoff, which will be held in the Cotton Bowl on New Year’s Eve.
The SEC is favored in ALL 10 of their bowl games according to ESPN's FPI. pic.twitter.com/c4CN3QRgQy
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) December 28, 2015
ESPN’s FPI certainly gives the SEC its due. In its final regular season ranking, the FPI has nine SEC teams in the top 25. Alabama ranks highest of all SEC teams at No. 2 behind No. 1 Oklahoma. However, the SEC has only one other school in the top ten (Ole Miss is No. 4).
ESPN’s FPI ranking is a measure of team strength that is meant to be a predictor of a team’s performance for the rest of the season. Projections are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results and the remaining schedule, according to espn.com.