With Kentucky still one win away from bowl eligibility, it’s a wee bit too early to focus on bowl projections, but this one from Brett McMurphy got me so excited I just had to share. McMurphy is projecting Kentucky to play Michigan in the Outback Bowl on January 1 in Tampa, Florida.
With Alabama presumably headed to the playoffs, McMurphy predicts Georgia will be the only other SEC team going to the “New Year’s Six” bowls (Cotton Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl, Peach Bowl, Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl). From there, here are his SEC projections:
|Rose Bowl||Jan 1||Alabama|
|Orange Bowl||Dec 30||Georgia|
|Citrus Bowl||Jan 1||Auburn|
|Outback Bowl||Jan 1||Kentucky|
|Liberty Bowl||Dec 30||Tennessee|
|TaxSlayer Bowl||Dec 30||Florida|
|Belk Bowl||Dec 29||Texas A&M|
|Music City Bowl||Dec 29||Mississippi State|
|Independence Bowl||Dec 27||South Carolina|
|Texas Bowl||Dec 27||LSU|
|Birmingham Bowl||Dec 23||Vanderbilt|
ESPN’s projections have Kentucky in the Belk Bowl on December 29 at 1 p.m., but it’s important to note that the basketball team plays Louisville at the exact same time that day. That may also rule out the Music City Bowl, which kicks off that afternoon at 4:30 p.m. I doubt the TaxSlayer Bowl would want Kentucky two years in a row, which leaves the Liberty Bowl as another popular option, albeit a less appealing one.
First things first: let’s get to six. And then do our best to get to Tampa, because I wouldn’t mind another trip to Clearwater and a blooming onion.