Tennessee’s bowl assignment could be super sweet.
Can you dig the possibility of going to the Sugar Bowl, Volunteers fans?
It’s not out of the question. Sure, Florida clinched the SEC East by beating LSU on Saturday, but Tennessee’s consolation prize could be a big trip to the Big Easy.
Here’s how it would work: Since it’s hard not to envision Alabama earning a berth in the College Football Playoff, the SEC’s Sugar Bowl bid would be awarded to the highest remaining conference team in the College Football Playoff rankings.
In the most recent rankings, Alabama was No. 1 while Auburn was No. 15, LSU No. 16, Tennessee No. 19, Florida No. 23 and Texas A&M No. 25. LSU figures to drop after losing. And Alabama faces Auburn next Saturday, while Tennessee plays Vanderbilt the same day.
If the Vols beat the Commodores and the Crimson Tide top Auburn and then Florida in the SEC Championship Game, it stands to reason that Tennessee would be the highest remaining SEC team going into bowl season.
Sure, visions of appearing in the SEC Championship Game are dashed for Tennessee. But the Sugar Bowl would be a heck of a postseason prize for the Vols.