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College Football Around The SEC: Bowl Projections

If you read any of my "Predicting the 2014 SEC Football Season" articles from this past summer, you know I am not shy about making wild blind predictions.

Who will win the Big Beer Tap?
Who will win the Big Beer Tap?
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Below are collective projected bowl games as culled from CBSsports's Jerry Palm, ESPN's Mark Schlabach, ESPN's Brett McMurphy, SBNation, Fox Sports' Stewart Mandel,, Phil Steele, Orlando Sentinel, Tampa Bay Trib, Athlons, Dallas Morning News, Sporting News,,, SDS, and my brain.

** These are not actual confirmed destination. Just projections. **

Win-Loss Record key:
  • SEC - conference record
  • P5 - non-SEC record against Power 5
  • MM - record against Mid Majors/Non-Power 5 but projected bowl participant
  • CC - record against cupcakes

Vanderbilt Commodores (3-9, SEC 0-8, P5 0-0, MM 0-0, CC 3-1)

Vanderbilt isn't going anywhere.

Kentucky Wildcats (5-7, SEC 2-6, P5 0-1, MM 0-0, CC 3-0)

Kentucky fans can turn their full time attention to basketball if they haven't already.

Arkansas Razorbacks (6-6, SEC 2-6, P5 1-0, MM 1-0, CC 2-0)

Arkansas looks to be traveling to beautiful downtown Shreveport, La. for the Independence Bowl 12/27/14 (SEC vs. ACC) 2:30pm/3:30pm ABCABC It's about a 5-hour drive from Fayetteville and a lot closer than several of the other options.

Tennessee Volunteers (6-6, SEC 3-5, P5 0-1, MM 2-0, CC 1-0)

Some home cooking for Tennessee as they get the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn. 12/29/14 (Big 12 vs. SEC) 1pm/2pm ESPNESPN

Auburn Tigers (8-4, SEC 4-4, P5 1-0, MM 0-0, CC 3-0)

Auburn may be tuning it up at the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn. 12/30/14 (ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC) 2pm/3pm ESPNESPN

Ole Miss Rebels (9-3, SEC 5-3, P5 0-0, MM 1-0, CC 3-0)

Ole Miss has been getting some serious love. They might just find themselves in JerryWorld for the Cotton Bowl, Arlington, Tex. 1/1/15 (At Large vs. At Large) 11:30am/12:30pm ESPNESPN

South Carolina Gamecocks (6-6, SEC 3-5, P5 0-1, MM 1-0, CC 2-0)

It looks like South Carolina will go through the motions at the Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, Ala. 1/3/15 (American vs. SEC) 12noon/1pm ESPN or ESPN2 (I guess they will do rock-paper-scissors to see who gets stuck with this dog).ESPNESPN2

Florida Gators (6-5, SEC 4-4, P5 0-1, MM 0-0, CC 2-0)

This was a crazy one. I saw predictions for Florida going to the Birmingham, Independence, TaxSlayer, Belk, Music City, New Orleans, Armed Forces, Heart of Dallas, Quick Lane in Detroit, and even the Cactus Bowl in Arizona of all places. It's anyone's guess but my feeling is Jacksonville (TaxSlayer Bowl) doesn't really want them around right now and they end up in the Belk Bowl Charlotte, N.C. 12/30/14 (ACC vs. SEC) 5:30pm/6:30pm ESPNESPN

Texas A&M Aggies (7-5, SEC 3-5, P5 0-0, MM 0-0, CC 4-0)

For awhile it looked like a classic rivalry would be reborn with Texas A&M facing off against Texas in the Texas Bowl in Houston. However, a columnist reported that the SEC was blocking such a game because the Aggies would have too much to lose in recruiting now that they have the advantage in the state. Therefore, it's the TaxSlayer Bowl Jacksonville, Fla. 1/2/15 (ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC) 2:20pm/3:20pm ESPNESPN

LSU Tigers (8-4, SEC 4-4, P5 1-0, MM 0-0, CC 3-0)

LSU looks like the SEC representative in the Texas Bowl Houston, Tex. 12/29/14 (Big 12 vs. SEC) 8pm/9pm ESPNESPN

Mississippi State Bulldogs (10-2, SEC 6-2, P5 0-0, MM 0-0, CC 4-0)

Mississippi State will hit the big stage at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Fla. 12/31/14 (ACC vs SEC/Big Ten) 7pm/8pm ESPNESPN

Missouri Tigers (10-2, SEC 7-1, P5 0-1, MM 0-0, CC 3-0)

The Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. looks like the landing spot for Missouri, 1/1/15 (ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC) 12noon/1pm ABCABC

Georgia Bulldogs (9-3, SEC 6-2, P5 1-1, MM 0-0, CC 2-0)

Georgia at the Outback Bowl Tampa, Fla. makes perfect sense, 1/1/15 (Big Ten vs. SEC) 11am/12noon ESPN2ESPN2

Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1, SEC 7-1, P5 1-0, MM 0-0, CC 3-0)

If all goes according to plan on Saturday, Alabama will be back in New Orleans and in the Sugar Bowl for the playoff semifinal 1/1/15 (#1 vs. #4) 7:30pm/8:30pm  ESPNESPN