Every season, conferences across the country hope to get as many teams as possible into postseason play. The Southeastern Conference is know as the one of the top football conferences, winning seven of the last eight national champions, and now has another illustrious honor to add to the list.
For the past few years, the SEC West has been the more powerful of the two divisions. This season, that sentiment cannot be more true — all seven SEC West teams are officially bowl eligible for the first time in history after Arkansas’ win over the Rebels.
This season, college football teams are hoping for a chance to be in the first College Football Playoff, and the SEC hopes at least one of the four contenders comes from within the conference if not two.
Alabama is atop the SEC West after defeating Mississippi State 25-20 on Nov. 8 in Tuscaloosa and will clinch the division with a win over Auburn in the Iron Bowl Saturday in Tuscaloosa.
The Bulldogs sit at No. 4 in the playoff polls and could possibly still win the West by beating Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl — but only if the Crimson Tide also fall to the Tigers.
If MSU wins the Egg Bowl and does not make it to Atlanta for the SEC Championship game, they could still be left out of the playoff scenario if Ohio State wins the Big Ten Championship.
Going into the final weekend, here is a look at where the SEC teams might end up:
Sugar Bowl: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Ohio State, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 1 in New Orleans, Louisiana
Orange: Georgia Tech vs. Mississippi State, 7 p.m. Dec. 31 in Miami Gardens, Florida
Peach: Michigan State vs. Georgia, 11:30 a.m. Dec. 31 in Atlanta, Georgia
Birmingham: Memphis vs. LSU, noon Jan. 3 in Birmingham, Alabama
TaxSlayer: Miami vs. South Carolina, 2:20 p.m. Jan. 2 in Jacksonville, Florida
Citrus: Wisconsin vs. Auburn, noon Jan. 1 in Orlando, Florida
Outback: Maryland vs. Ole Miss, 11 a.m. Jan. 1 in Tampa, Florida
Belk: Clemson vs. Tennessee, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 30 in Charlotte, North Carolina
Music City: Nebraska vs. Missouri, 2 p.m. Dec. 30 in Nashville, Tennessee
Liberty: West Virginia vs. Arkansas, 1 p.m. Dec. 29 in Memphis, Tennessee
Texas: Texas vs. Texas A&M, 8 p.m. Dec. 29 in Houston, Texas
Independence: NC State vs. Florida, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 27 in Shreveport, Louisiana
In the SEC East, five of the seven teams are bowl eligible and one more has a shot to make the postseason. The Kentucky Wildcats could find their name in the mix if they defeat major in-state rivals Louisville on the road this weekend.
With two weekends left to go, the position of the bowls for every SEC team will more than likely change between now and the first Sunday in December, but at least everyone knows they’re going to make it somewhere.
For a full list of bowl options, visit FBschedules.com.
Adam Brown is the HottyToddy.com sports editor and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.HERE!