Ruminations on the passing scene ...
The bowl season will soon be upon us and every SEC team except Vanderbilt is still in contention for post-season play. Here is one early projection of where teams might go bowling.
BCS Championship Game (Pasadena): Winner of Alabama/Florida if they finish regular season unbeaten
Sugar (New Orleans): Loser of Alabama/Florida
Capital One (Orlando): LSU-Ole Miss winner
Outback (Tampa): LSU-Ole Miss loser
Chick-fil-A (Atlanta): Georgia
Cotton (Dallas/Arlington): Arkansas
Music City (Nashville): Tennessee
Liberty (Memphis): Auburn
Independence (Shreveport): South Carolina
Papa John’s (Birmingham): Kentucky
Gator Bowl Joins Bowl Destinations
In 2010, the Gator Bowl joins the list of SEC bowl tie-ins. The game will be another Sunshine State SEC-Big Ten showdown (like the Cap One and the Outback). Selection order has not been finalized, but the Gator traditionally pays out the most of any non-BCS bowl.
The Independence Bowl will no longer be tied in with the conference.
Conference News and Notes (from SEC Office)
SEC Football Players of the Week
Games of Nov. 14
Offense: Ole Miss RB/WR Dexter McCluster
Defense: Florida CB Joe Haden
Special Teams: Auburn DB/RS Demond Washington
O Line: Alabama OG Mike Johnson
D Line: Kentucky DT, Corey Peters
Freshman: Georgia RB Washaun Ealey
• Florida became the eighth team since SEC expansion
(1992) to go through the regular season undefeated in
the conference (Alabama, at 7-0 this season, has one
conference game remaining.).
The list includes:
Alabama (1992, 1994, 2008)
Florida (1995, 1996)
• With wins this past weekend, Arkansas, Georgia,
Kentucky and Ole Miss became bowl eligible. The SEC
now has nine bowl eligible teams with Tennessee
(needs one win) and Mississippi State (needs two
wins) still able to reach bowl eligibility.
• The SEC has a 37-6 non-conference record so far
this season. The 86.1 winning rate is tops in NCAA
FBS. The SEC has already reached the win total of
last season and needs to go 4-1 the remainder of the
regular season against non-conference foes to equal its
best winning percentage since the season was expanded
to 12 games (41-7 in 2006).
• Twenty (20) SEC football players are either semifinalists
or finalists for 11 post-season individual awards.
College Football on TV Week 12
The National Football Foundation has released this week’s television schedule. The games are listed by conference home game.
Results for SEC Games Week of Nov. 14:
Ole Miss 42, Tennessee 17 (61,422 at Oxford)
Kentucky 24, Vanderbilt 13 (33,675 at Nashville)
Florida 24, South Carolina 14 (79,297 at Columbia)
Alabama 31, Miss. State 3 (58,103 at Starkville)
Georgia 31, Auburn 24 (92,746 at Athens)
LSU 24, Louisiana Tech 16 (92,584 at Baton Rouge)
Arkansas 56, Troy 20 (66,442 at Fayetteville)
SEC Games This Week
Professor’s Picks Posted Tomorrow!
Schedule of SEC Games Week of Nov. 21:
Chattanooga (6-4) at Alabama (10-0, 7-0) 11:21 a.m. CT
*SEC Network / ESPN360.com / ESPN GamePlan
Tuscaloosa, Ala. • Bryant-Denny Stadium (92,012)
Mississippi State (4-6, 2-4) at Arkansas (6-4, 2-4) 11:21 a.m. CT
*SEC Network / ESPN360.com / ESPN GamePlan
Little Rock, Ark. • War Memorial Stadium (53,727)
Florida International (3-7) at Florida (10-0, 8-0) 12:30 p.m. ET
Florida PPV / ESPN 360.com / ESPN GamePlan
Gainesville, Fla. • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field (88,548)
LSU (8-2, 5-2) at Ole Miss (7-3, 3-3) 2:30 p.m. CT
Oxford, Miss. • Vaught-Heminway Stadium/Hollingsworth Field (60,580)
Vanderbilt (2-9, 0-7) at Tennessee (5-5, 2-4) 7 p.m. ET
Knoxville, Tenn. • Neyland Stadium/Shields-Watkins Field (100,011)
Kentucky (6-4, 2-4) at Georgia (6-4, 4-3) 7:45 p.m. ET
Athens, Ga. • Sanford Stadium (92,746)
OPEN: Auburn (7-4, 3-4), South Carolina (6-5, 3-5)
Schedule of SEC Games for Thanksgiving Week:
Friday, Nov. 27
Alabama at Auburn (1:30 p.m. CT / CBS Sports)
Saturday, Nov. 28
Arkansas at LSU (6 p.m. CT / ESPN)
Ole Miss at Mississippi State (11:21 a.m. CT / SEC Network)
Florida State at Florida (3:30 p.m. ET / CBS Sports)
Georgia at Georgia Tech (8 p.m. ET / ABC – ESPN2)
Tennessee at Kentucky (7 p.m. ET / ESPNU)
Clemson at South Carolina (12 p.m. ET / ESPN)
Remember to visit The Campus Game for Professor’s Picks … they will be posted early Saturday morning.
See you at kickoff!