SEC Football 2011: Predicting Which Teams Will Go Bowling and Where
It's never too early to look ahead to bowl season. 2011 will feature intriguing coaching changes, young talent, and high expectations across the board.
Which teams will be staying home this post-season?
Will the SEC have another national champion?
I'll answer all these questions and more as I predict the fates of each SEC school.
Alabama Crimson Tide
Alabama will knock off Georgia in the SEC title game to punch their ticket to New Orleans.
If not for a late lost to LSU, Alabama would be playing for the National Championship.
The Razorbacks will be somewhat disappointed after falling to both LSU and Alabama, but will be rewarded with a short trip to the Cotton Bowl.
Cam Newton will be sorely missed on the Plains this season, as the Tigers will struggle mightily in the SEC West.
A solid start to his career in Gainesville, Fla., will earn a trip to the Chick-Fil-A Bowl after finishing third in the SEC East.
Capital One Bowl
The Bulldogs will rebound from last season and even win the SEC East.
After losing to the Crimson Tide in the SEC title game, the Dawgs will head down to Orlando.
Mark Richt's job is safe.
BBVA Compass Bowl
Joker Phillips has the Cats moving in the right direction.
Though they will struggle early, they'll become bowl eligible and head to their second straight BBVA Compass Bowl
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
LSU won't win the SEC West, but they'll be highly ranked at season's end.
They'll get an at-large BCS bid and head out to Glendale, Ariz.
Mississippi State Bulldogs
Dan Mullen has Mississippi State on the fast track to success, and the Bulldogs will finish fourth in the talented SEC West.
Ole Miss Rebels
Ole Miss will be staying home this bowl season.
The SEC West is just too good, and the Rebels will get throttled by the league's elite.
South Carolina Gamecocks
Marcus Lattimore will lead South Carolina to a solid season, and if not for an early season loss to Georgia, the 'Cocks would win the SEC East.
Music City Bowl
Derek Dooley and the Vols continue the rebuilding process and earn a respectable bid to Nashville.
Vandy will not go bowling this season.
Their best chance of playing in the post-season in the near future?
Joining the ACC.