SEC Bowl Schedule, Early Lines & Picks

    SEC bowl schedule, early lines and picks, including a look at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl as No. 2 Alabama take on No. 3 Michigan State for the right to play in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

    December 8, 2015

    The SEC bowl schedule for 2015-16 features 10 matchups, with the potential for an 11th should Alabama beat Michigan State to advance to the College Football Playoff. In addition to Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Texas A&M will all go bowling.

    For the complete SEC bowl schedule, as well as early lines and picks, scroll down.

    2015-16 SEC Football Bowl Schedule & Early Picks

    Goodyear Cotton Bowl

    College Football Playoff Semifinal
    Matchup: Alabama vs. Michigan State
    Thursday, December 31, 8:00 pm ET, ESPN
    AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
    Playoff vs. Playoff

    Alabama is back in the College Football Playoff semifinal against a Big Ten team after losing last season to Ohio State. If anyone can match up physically with the Crimson Tide, it’s Michigan State. The Spartans like to pound the ball, batter the opposing offenses, and when time comes, throw it deep with QB Connor Cook.

    Early Pick: Alabama 27, Michigan State 23
    Early Line: Alabama -9.5

    Allstate Sugar Bowl

    Oklahoma State vs. Ole Miss
    Friday, January 1, 8:30 pm ET, ESPN

    Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA

    Both the Rebels and Cowboys can score points on offense, but this one might come down to who has the better defense. If that’s the case, Ole Miss has the upper hand. Remember, Ole Miss was a 4th and 25 against Arkansas away from playing in the SEC Championship, and are the only team to take down Alabama so far this season.

    Early Pick: Ole Miss 45, Oklahoma State 34
    Early Line: Ole Miss -7

    AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl

    Texas Tech vs. LSU
    Tuesday, December 29, 9:00 pm ET, ESPN
    NRG Stadium, Houston, TX 

    Which LSU team shows up? The Tigers looked like national title contenders coming into November, but then suffered three losses in a row as Leonard Fournette’s Heisman campaign disappeared. The Red Raiders will try to pass on the Tigers, but expect LSU to be fired up after the whole Les Mile situation.

    Early Pick: LSU 38, Texas Tech 16
    Early Line … LSU -7

    Birmingham Bowl

    Memphis vs. Auburn
    Wednesday, December 30, 12:00 pm ET, ESPN
    Legion Field, Birmingham, AL

    Sure, the game is in nearby Birmingham and the Auburn fanbase will give the SEC’s Tigers a home field advantage, but this Auburn team is just not good. But Memphis doesn’t have a head coach right now, which doesn’t bode well. Somehow, someway Auburn squeaks by.

    Early Pick: Auburn 27, Memphis 21
    Early Line: Auburn -3

    Belk Bowl

    NC State vs. Mississippi State
    Wednesday, December 30, 3:30 pm ET, ESPN
    Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC 

    An intriguing quarterback battle will take place in the home of the Carolina Panthers, and for once, Cam Newton will not be involved. Both Wolfpack QB Jacoby Brissett and Bulldogs QB Dak Prescott are top-notch college quarterbacks, and will look to put on shows in their collegiate football finales.

    Early Pick: Mississippi State 47, NC State 37
    Early Line: Mississippi State -6.5

    Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

    Louisville vs. Texas A&M
    Wednesday, December 30, 7:00 pm ET, ESPN
    LP Field, Nashville, TN 

    The Cardinals looked hopeless at the beginning of the season, starting 0-3. Now, they are one of the hot teams in college football, winning five out of their last six. The Aggies have gone the other way, starting 5-0 before ending the season 3-4. The Louisville defense will put pressure on the Aggies backfield all day long. 

    Early Pick: Louisville 27, Texas A&M 23
    Early Line: Texas A&M -2.5 

    Outback Bowl

    Northwestern vs. Tennessee
    Friday, January 1, 12:00 pm ET, ESPN2
    Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL 

    How good is Northwestern, really? Sure, they finished the season with ten wins, but weren’t really impressive in doing it. The Volunteers defense is good enough to keep the Wildcats offense struggling, while QB Joshua Dobbs will look for a big day.

    Early Pick: Tennessee 38, Northwestern 13
    Early Line: Tennessee -8.5 

    Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl

    Michigan vs. Florida
    Friday, January 1, 12:00 pm ET, ABC
    Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL 

    If Michigan scores more than ten points, you can mark this one down as a Wolverines win. The defense has been spectacular for the Wolverines, and will not let an awful Gators offense move the ball against them. Florida’s only hope is a low-scoring game with some special teams magic.

    Early Pick: Michigan 27, Florida 10
    Early Line: Michigan -4

    TaxSlayer Bowl

    Penn State vs. Georgia
    Saturday, January 2, 12:00 pm ET, ESPN
    EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL 

    What do the Bulldogs even have to play for in this bowl? Gone is coach Mark Richt after a 15-year stint in Athens, and new coach Kirby Smart is still in Tuscaloosa. Penn State is not a top-class team yet, but more stability will lead to a win.

    Early Pick: Penn State 17, Georgia 16
    Early Line: Georgia -7 

    AutoZone Liberty Bowl

    Arkansas vs. Kansas State
    Saturday, January 2, 3:20 pm ET, ESPN
    Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN 

    Quietly, the Razorbacks and Coach Bret Bielema had an excellent second half of the season, and are on a roll coming into the bowl game. This one could get ugly early, as the Wildcats don’t have the hogs (sorry!) to stay with Arkansas.

    Early Pick: Arkansas 45, Kansas State 10
    Early Line: Arkansas -11.5

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