For the eighth consecutive year, a representative from the Southeastern Conference will be playing for a national title. Auburn and new head coach Gus Malzahn hope to make it eight straight wins for the SEC.
Nine other SEC teams will be joining the Tigers in the postseason, the most since 2010, with a bowl lineup that features two league teams in the BCS lineup for the eighth season as well.
This, in short, should be a hell of a bowl season for the SEC. If history repeats itself, it should be one that brings its share of wins, too. Only one league team is picked to lose by the Vegas experts, though that would be Auburn in the postseason's most important game, and the average margin is over five points. That's a sizeable advantage over a field of theoretically similar non-conference opponents.
The action starts on December 30th with the Music City Bowl and stretches a span of eight all-important days. It's time to review each of the bowls and take a stab at predicting just how happy SEC commissioner Mike Slive will be come January.