Early look at the SEC bowl picture

The 2010-2011 bowl schedule has been released, and it will continue to be updated as information comes in.

How many SEC teams will be going bowling next season?

It's never too early to look into our crystal ball. Last year, the only two SEC teams that didn't play in bowl games were Mississippi State and Vanderbilt.

Here's our way-too-early guess at who's in and who's out in 2010:


Alabama: The only question with the Crimson Tide will be whether or not it's another BCS Championship Game appearance.

Arkansas: With Ryan Mallett back under center, the Hogs are thinking 10 wins or more in 2010.

Auburn: The Tigers went bowling last season despite losing five of their last six SEC games. They hope increased depth will prevent such a fade next season.

Florida: The Gators have been to BCS bowls three of the last four years. Can they make it four out of five?

Georgia: With 10 starters back on offense, it gets down to redshirt freshman quarterback Aaron Murray and how much the defense improves under new coordinator Todd Grantham.

LSU: Les Miles was unbeaten in bowl games at LSU until last season's loss to Penn State in the Capital One Bowl. He'll get a chance to start another streak next season.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks could be a dark horse in the Eastern Division race if junior quarterback Stephen Garcia wins back Steve Spurrier's trust.

Ole Miss: The Rebels lost most of their firepower on offense and three starters in the secondary. But go look at their schedule. They could easily be 5-0 to start the season.


Kentucky: I can already hear the Big Blue Nation. Even after four straight bowl appearances, I'm still skeptical. I just wonder if the Wildcats lost too much on defense to make it five straight.

Mississippi State: I went back and forth on the Bulldogs. You can't ignore the young talent in this program, but it's premature to lock them into the postseason at this point.

Tennessee: The Vols had to scratch and claw to get to seven wins last season, and that was with two first-rounders on defense. Getting to six wins in 2010 may be a stretch.


Vanderbilt: Until the Commodores prove they can score points in this league, their bowl experience is going to consist of watching highlights from the 2008 Music City Bowl.