It did not take Auburn head coach Gene Chizik (pictured) long to establish himself as the King of SEC. Coach Chizik is riding a Tiger, literally, to the top of the Southeastern Conference this season.
With such a position the Auburn offensive bulldozer is favored to earn a spot in the BCS Title Game.
Or, are they?
Welcome to the ninth installment of the weekly Bleacher Report Bowl Projection series.
Summary and analysis is presented for all 35 postseason bowl games.
In the following pages you will find specific articles regarding the 24 highest-paying bowls, each detailing how the teams were chosen and who will be the most likely contenders for these contests.
The remaining 11 bowls reward participants with payouts of less than $1 million. These contests are listed as a group on page two of this article.
The choices presented here are updated on a weekly basis. They include the outcome of past games and a team's upcoming schedule.
Reader participation is strongly encouraged each-and-every week. All followers should feel free to leave comments regarding their impressions of bowl matchups and how these games may develop over the course of the season.
Participants that leave comments will make a difference in what schools are selected for the bowl games. Final analysis and predictions will be a combination of the readers' suggestions and the writer's personal opinions.
The bowl presentation order reflects the amount of money paid to schools for playing in the game.
Information concerning conference affiliations to specific bowl games is part of each analysis.
We kindly ask all readers to provide their ideas and predictions of which teams go to these contests. Only with your assistance may we gather a consensus regarding the continuing developments and provide the most accurate predictions possible.