Preseason SEC Bowl Projections – 2016

    Preseason SEC bowl projections take a look at which programs from the conference make the college football postseason, as well as where they'll land. The

    Preseason SEC bowl projections take a look at which programs from the conference make the college football postseason, as well as where they’ll land.

    The SEC sent 10 teams to bowl games last season. This year, it will try to be even better than that. Alabama, LSU, and Tennessee are all in the hunt for a spot in the College Football Playoff, while Florida and Georgia lay on the outside just jumping at the chance to make its claim as the top power in the conference. Below are preseason SEC bowl projections looking at how the league will fare once we reach the postseason.

    Preseason SEC Bowl Projections

    Independence Bowl

    Mississippi State vs. Duke

    The Bulldogs must find a replacement for do-it-all quarterback Dak Prescott, but head coach Dan Mullen has plenty of talent to make it to another bowl game, even after navigating the brutal SEC West.

    Texas Bowl

    Arkansas vs. Baylor

    The Hogs will run the ball, and run it some more. If things fall their way, they will be playing in a much bigger bowl game.

    Birmingham Bowl

    Kentucky vs. USF

    To make a bowl game for the first time since 2010, the Wildcats must curb the late-season slump that has haunted them the past two years.

    Belk Bowl

    Auburn vs. North Carolina

    Could a possible Gus Malzahn offense vs. Gene Chizik defense matchup take place in Charlotte? That would be intriguing.

    Liberty Bowl

    Vanderbilt vs. Texas Tech

    Head coach Derek Mason has yet to take the Commodores to a bowl game in his first two seasons in Nashville. A short trip to Memphis would be a great reward for Vanderbilt.

    Music City Bowl

    Texas A&M vs. Penn State

    If quarterback Trevor Knight proves to be the man Aggies fans are expecting, A&M will be able to put plenty of points on the board.

    TaxSlayer Bowl

    Tennessee vs. Louisville

    The Volunteer faithful have high hopes and expectations for this team, and an appearance in the TaxSlayer Bowl would not come close to meeting those.

    Citrus Bowl

    Ole Miss vs. Iowa

    Could the Rebels send Chad Kelly, one of the most decorated quarterbacks in school history, out with a win on New Year’s Eve?

    Outback Bowl

    Florida vs. Nebraska

    The Gators have the defense, and now hope that quarterback Luke Del Rio and some talented skill players can provide firepower on the offensive side of the ball in head coach Jim McElwain’s second season.

    Sugar Bowl

    LSU vs. Oklahoma

    Anything but a spot in the College Football Playoff will be disappointing to the Tigers, who have running back Leonard Fournette at their disposal.

    Cotton Bowl

    Georgia vs. Houston

    No pressure, Kirby Smart. You are only supposed to lead the Bulldogs to a New Year’s Six bowl in your first year. Running back Nick Chubb will help Smart along the way.

    Peach Bowl (CFB Semifinal)

    Alabama vs. TCU

    Death, taxes, and Alabama in the College Football Playoff: the only constants in life.

    MORE: Complete 2016 Preseason Bowl Projections

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