Bowl Season: Keeping Up with the SEC

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Bowl Season: Keeping Up with the SEC

With the BCS Championship Game still five days away, the SEC is 6-2 this bowl season. 

Here's a quick recap of the action so far—and a brief outlook for next year...

 

Winners

Mississippi State

The job the Bulldogs did limiting UCF's Kevin Smith was remarkable.  An 8-5 finish is huge for the growth of the program, and Sly Croom deserves all the credit. 

If the Bulldogs can find some offense next year, they might make some noise.  

  

Alabama

A close win over Colorado isn’t exactly championship material, but it helps build momentum. 

Nick Saban is raking in young talent, and should showcase plenty of it next year.  It will be interesting to see if Saban sticks with John Parker Wilson at quarterback.  If so, the Tide will need more consistency from him.   



Kentucky

The Music City Bowl was a lose-lose of sorts for Kentucky. 

No one gave FSU a shot to win, and with all the suspensions, it was hard for Kentucky to get up for the game.  Regardless, they did what they had to do to get the win. 

In 2008, the Wildcats will have to replace a ton of offensive talent. 

  

Auburn

Once again, Auburn found a way to win a big game. 

The Tigers defense played its game of the year, giving up only one big play to the explosive Clemson offense.  Kodi Burns looks like he'll be a big-time player next season—and with a new offensive system, the Tigers will be a team to look out for.



Tennessee

Despite a scoreless second half, Tennessee found a way to beat a tough Wisconsin team.  The win allows Erik Ainge to go out on top and gives Phil Fulmer optimism about next year. 

Tennessee will finish with a high ranking, but the question mark at quarterback makes 2008 difficult to predict. 

One thing is for sure: Eric Berry is good.  

      

Georgia

What an impressive win for the Bulldogs against Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl.  The Bulldogs completely shut down Colt Brennan and put to rest all the “BCS-crasher” nonsense. 

Georgia should be rolling come 2008.   



Losers

Florida

Florida took a step backward in a loss that no human outside Ann Arbor saw coming. All told, the Gators were manhandled by an unranked Big 10 team. 

Looking to next year, the offense will pick up where they left off, but you have to wonder if the Gators can fix their defensive issues. 

This loss hurts the SEC. 



Arkansas

Not many people gave Arkansas a chance against Missouri in the Cotton Bowl, and rightfully so. The No. 6 team in the country shouldn't be matched up with an unranked team in any bowl game. 

This one got ugly, but few people were even watching. With Bobby Petrino on his way in and Darren McFadden probably on his way out, next year’s Hogs team is the ultimate unknown. 



National Championship Game

LSU vs. Ohio State

LSU can put a stamp on the SEC’s dominance with a win.  Back-to-back national championships for the conference would be big. 

That said, here’s hoping for a close game.  

LSU loses its core of senior players and the heart of its team next year.  Monday’s title game might be their last shot for at least a few seasons. 

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