College Bowl Projections: Which Game Will the Georgia Bulldogs Play In?

Thomas CopainCorrespondent IDecember 2, 2010

College Bowl Projections: Which Game Will the Georgia Bulldogs Play In?

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    College Bowl Projections are always an inexact science.

    There are mitigating factors (does a specific team travel well opposed to another, has a team played in that bowl recently, etc.) regardless of what happens on the field, which can definitely make a mess of things.

    For A.J. Green and the Georgia Bulldogs, things are pretty simple.

    Georgia became bowl-eligible with a close win over in-state rival Georgia Tech last week, and at 6-6 and 3-5 in the SEC, are heading to a late-December bowl for certain.

    The SEC will get two teams in the BCS, which then makes it a game of placement.

    With that in mind, here are some likely destinations for the Bulldogs.

Liberty Bowl

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    This is perhaps the most likely scenario, as most of the major bowl projectors from CBS and ESPN are saying the Bulldogs will take this spot. 

    The Liberty Bowl takes the eighth or ninth-best team from the SEC, depending on how everything else plays out.  

    There's expected to be a combination of two SEC teams in the BCS. If that happens, the other top-rung teams (LSU, Alabama, etc.) are expected to be spread out around the New Year's Day games and the Cotton Bowl.

    Mississippi State, Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia would then be spread out to the remaining SEC bowls (Chick-Fil-A, Music City, Liberty, BBVA Compass).

    If it goes purely by record and conference standing, this is probably where Georgia will land.

    Georgia hasn't been to the Liberty Bowl since 1987, and the Bulldogs would be an attractive draw in Memphis for the bowl committee. 

Music City Bowl

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    The Music City Bowl could be a fit due to record and placement in the SEC, but it would be a tough sell for Georgia.

    The bowl is slotted for the No. 7 team out of the SEC, and Georgia happens to not only have the same overall and SEC record as this team, but also beat said team head-to-head earlier this season.

    Only problem is, that team is Tennessee, and the draw of having the Volunteers in Nashville in a huge stadium will probably be too tempting for the Bowl to pass up, even for a well-drawing Bulldog team that has the same specs as the Volunteers.

    If Georgia did get this spot, Tennessee could still go to the Liberty Bowl and stay in their own state, but most of the projections are putting the Vol's in this bowl.

Chick-Fil-A Bowl

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    This is probably the long-shot bowl in terms of where Georgia will end up.

    As I mentioned before, the Chick-Fil-A will be one of four bowls that will have to decide between Mississippi State, Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky. Kentucky is slated to go to the BBVA Compass Bowl as the No. 9 team in the SEC.

    Georgia to the Chick-Fil-A is an interesting concept, however.

    It's in Atlanta, which would certainly prove to be a huge draw.

    The Bulldogs haven't played in the bowl since 2006, so there's not an extremely recent history, although more recent than the Music City and Liberty.

    It would be hard though to justify taking Georgia over Mississippi State this season, although Fox Sports is projecting Georgia in the Chick-Fil-A.

    It's possible, but not probable.