SEC bowl projections

For the fifth straight year, it looks like the SEC will get two teams in BCS bowl games.

The big winner this past weekend was Arkansas, which is headed to the Sugar Bowl if Auburn can beat South Carolina this coming Saturday in the SEC championship game and secure a spot in the BCS National Championship Game.

The Hogs, who beat LSU 31-23 on Saturday to run their winning streak to six straight games, last played in the Sugar Bowl in 1980. An Arkansas-Ohio State matchup looks like a strong possibility in New Orleans, but only if Auburn wins this coming weekend in Atlanta.

If South Carolina upsets Auburn, then the Gamecocks would play in the Sugar Bowl and Auburn likely in the Orange Bowl.

Georgia and Tennessee both won their games over the weekend to get to six wins and gain bowl eligibility. This will be the 14th straight season that Georgia has gone to a bowl game.

The Vols, who were winless during the month of October, won their last four games to qualify for a bowl. They will likely stay in-state and play in the Music City Bowl against an ACC team.

The bowl matchups will be finalized later this week and following the SEC championship game, but here’s the way I see things shaking out now that the regular season has concluded.

  • Tostitos BCS National Championship Game (Jan. 10, 8:30 p.m. ET): Auburn vs. BCS team

  • Allstate Sugar Bowl (Jan. 4, 8:30 p.m. ET): Arkansas vs. BCS team

  • Capital One Bowl (Jan. 1, 1 p.m. ET): LSU vs. Big Ten team

  • AT&T Cotton Bowl (Jan. 7, 8 p.m. ET): Alabama vs. Big 12 team

  • Outback Bowl (Jan. 1, 1 p.m. ET): South Carolina vs. Big Ten team

  • Chick-fil-A Bowl (Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. ET): Mississippi State vs. ACC team

  • Gator Bowl (Jan. 1, 1:30 p.m. ET): Florida vs. Big Ten team

  • Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (Dec. 30, 6:40 p.m. ET): Tennessee vs. ACC team

  • AutoZone Liberty Bowl (Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m. ET): Georgia vs. Conference USA team

  • BBVA Compass Bowl (Jan. 8, noon ET): Kentucky vs. Big East team