The No. 1 postseason question facing the SEC is obviously whether the conference will get two teams into the inaugural College Football Playoff.
No. 1 Mississippi State and No. 5 Alabama are both lurking, but one of those teams will likely drop after they meet this weekend. Thus we’ll project one SEC club making the playoff field, and it will be the winner of Saturday’s game in Tuscaloosa.
A secondary question will be how many SEC clubs will appear in the postseason. The conference already has eight bowl-eligible teams: Mississippi State (9-0), Alabama (8-1), Ole Miss (8-2), Auburn (7-2), Georgia (7-2), Missouri (7-2), LSU (7-3) and Texas A&M (7-3).
Florida (5-3, with games left against South Carolina, Eastern Kentucky and Florida State) and Kentucky (5-5, with games left against Tennessee and Louisville) could reach bowl eligibility with a win in any of their remaining games. Meanwhile, Tennessee, South Carolina and Arkansas (all at 4-5) each need to win two of their final three games to reach the six-win plateau and appear in a bowl game.
We’re projecting 10 teams to reach six wins, with Florida and Tennessee (which must beat two of three against Kentucky, Missouri and Vanderbilt) achieving bowl eligibility.
Here’s the full list:
College Football Playoff semifinal (Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual): Alabama
Capital One Orange Bowl: Mississippi State
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: Auburn
Citrus Bowl: LSU
TaxSlayer Bowl: Ole Miss
Outback Bowl: Georgia
AdvoCare 100 Texas Bowl: Texas A&M
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Missouri
AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Florida
Belk Bowl: Tennessee