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'Bama in Capital One Bowl Against Michigan State; SEC Bowl Schedule Released

In what should come as no surprise to anyone paying attention, Alabama has been selected by the Capital One Bowl and will face Michigan State (11-1, 7-1) in Orlando on January 1st. The official press release from the Capital One Bowl:

The Michigan State Spartans and Alabama Crimson Tide have been selected to play in the 2011 Capital One Bowl. The New Year’s Day classic will kick off at 1:00 p.m. from the Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando and will be televised nationally by ESPN.

"We are very excited to stage the first meeting between these two tradition-rich programs here in Orlando,” said Selection Committee Chairman Chuck Beverly. “Their success on the field this year and passionate fan bases will make this a very popular ticket.”

Meanwhile, the SEC once again placed ten teams in bowl games -- point and laugh at Ole Miss, everyone -- and the bowl slate for the other nine SEC schools goes as follows:

BCS National Championship Game: Auburn v. Oregon

Sugar Bowl: Arkansas v. Ohio State

Cotton Bowl: LSU v. Texas A&M

Chick-Fil-A Bowl: South Carolina v. Florida State

Outback Bowl: Florida v. Penn State

Gator Bowl: Mississippi State v. Michigan

Liberty Bowl: Georgia v. Central Florida

Music City Bowl: Tennessee v. North Carolina

Birmingham Bowl: Kentucky v. Pitt

All in all, I think you have to feel pretty bullish for how things will shake out for the SEC. Auburn will smoke Oregon in Glendale -- you know it's true -- and bring home a fifth straight national championship for the SEC, and the rest of the slate looks set for quite a few wins by SEC schools. I don't like either one of the Tennessee or Kentucky match-ups, but those two games notwithstanding SEC schools will be favored in most other games and should do well.