SEC Bowl Breakdown: Commodores and Rebels Race Toward Eligibility

Jimmy SmithCorrespondent INovember 11, 2008

SEC Standings :

EAST
Florida - 8-1 (6-1)
Georgia - 8-2 (5-2)
South Carolina - 7-3 (4-3)
Vanderbilt - 5-4 (3-3)
Kentucky - 6-4 (2-4)
Tennessee - 3-7 (1-5)

WEST
Alabama - 10-0 (6-0)
LSU - 6-3 (3-3)
Ole Miss - 5-3 (3-3)
Auburn - 5-5 (2-4)
Mississippi State - 3-6 (1-4)
Arkansas - 4-6 (1-5)

(Bold teams already bowl eligible)

***Florida and Alabama have clinched a bid to the SEC Championship on Dec. 6 in Atlanta***

SEC Championship: No. 4 Florida (East) vs. No. 1 Alabama (West)

Bowl Games and Eligibility:

Vanderbilt: Needs to win one of next three games to become bowl eligible for the first time since 1982. Remaining games: at Kentucky (6-4), Tennessee (3-7), at Wake Forest (6-3).

Tennessee: Lost their seventh game and cannot become bowl eligible

Ole Miss: Needs to win one more game to become bowl eligible for first time since 2003. Remaining games: Louisiana-Monroe (3-6), at LSU (6-3), Mississippi State (3-6)

Auburn: Needs win one more game to become bowl eligible. Remaining games: Georgia (8-2), at Alabama (10-0)

Arkansas: Needs to win out to become bowl eligible. Remaining games: at Mississippi State (3-6), LSU (6-3)

Mississippi State: Needs to win out to become bowl eligible. Remaining games: at Alabama (10-0), Arkansas (4-6), at Ole Miss (5-3)


***Bowl Games based on BCS and current standings***

There are only six bowl eligible teams in the SEC right now. Six teams are in the top six bowls, even if a team that's bowl eligible does not have as good of a record SEC wise compared to a teams that's not (Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt/Ole Miss). Then I took the teams that's are one win away and put them in a bowl game.

-BCS National Championship: Alabama (BCS #1) vs. Texas Tech (BCS #2)
-Sugar Bowl: Florida (SEC BCS At-Large) vs. Boise State (WAC BCS At-Large)
-Capital One Bowl: Georgia (SEC #2) vs. Penn State (Big Ten #2)
-Outback Bowl: South Carolina (SEC #3) vs. Ohio State (Big Ten #3)
-Cotton Bowl: LSU (SEC #4) vs. Oklahoma (Big XII #2)
-Chick-Fil-A Bowl: Kentucky (SEC #5) vs. North Carolina (ACC #2)

Not Eligible but have winning records and are close:
-Music City Bowl: Ole Miss (SEC #6) vs. Virginia Tech (ACC #6)
-Liberty Bowl: Vanderbilt (SEC #7) vs. Tulsa (Conference USA #1)
-Independence Bowl: Auburn (SEC #8) vs. Colorado (Big XII #8)

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