Barring a bizarre chain of events these last two weeks, the SEC can just about lock in two BCS berths.
The SEC championship game winner between Alabama and Florida is ticketed for the BCS National Championship Game, and the loser will play in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Ole Miss has made up the most ground on the bowl front in the past few weeks. The Rebels’ 25-23 win over LSU likely puts them in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando. The Rebels last played in a Florida bowl in 1991 when they lost to Michigan in the Gator Bowl.
Now, if Ole Miss should lose this Saturday to Mississippi State, it may be a more difficult decision for the Capital One, which gets the top choice out of the SEC after the BCS selections are made.
Arkansas is the other hot team in the SEC and has one of the SEC’s hotter players in quarterback Ryan Mallett. The winner of the Arkansas-LSU game this weekend is likely headed to the Cotton Bowl.
Watch Kentucky, too. The Wildcats have a chance to get to 8-4 if they can beat Tennessee, which would almost certainly send the Big Blue to the Outback Bowl.
The Vols could also end up in the Outback Bowl, but could fall to the Autozone Liberty Bowl if they lose to the Wildcats and wind up 6-6.
The bottom line is that nothing that can be written in pen except for Vanderbilt and Mississippi State being eliminated from bowl contention. The other 10 teams are all bowl eligible.
Can you imagine a final weekend of the regular season that included Mississippi State beating Ole Miss, South Carolina beating Clemson, Kentucky beating Tennessee, Georgia beating Georgia Tech and either Alabama or Florida losing?
Stay tuned, because it never ends up like you think it will.
Here’s the way I see the bowl lineup shaking out heading into the final weekend of the regular season:
BCS National Championship Game: Alabama vs. BCS team
Allstate Sugar Bowl: Florida vs. BCS team
Capital One Bowl: Ole Miss vs. Big Ten team
Outback Bowl: Tennessee vs. Big Ten team
AT&T Cotton Bowl: LSU vs. Big 12 team
Chick-fil-A Bowl: Kentucky vs. ACC team
Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl: Auburn vs. ACC team
Autozone Liberty Bowl: Arkansas vs. Conference USA team
Advocare Independence Bowl: South Carolina vs. Big 12 team
Papajohns.com Bowl: Georgia vs. Big East team