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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: What the hell happened yesterday?

So, about yesterday.  I received an email asking about bowl scenarios for Kentucky, so I did a little research and found a breakdown about the SEC and where teams were likely to go.  I went with that information, and as it turns out, it was completely incorrect.  There really are no tiebreakers to determine bowl slots.  I changed it as soon as possible, but it still was a bad gaffe.  Luckily, I get a post every morning at 10AM, so I get the chance to correct that error.  I found EXACTLY how the SEC Bowl bids are handed out.  Here is breakdown:

(To simplify things, we are going to assume that Auburn beats South Carolina, LSU makes a BCS Bowl, and Georgia becomes bowl eligible.  Also, Tennessee will likely be favored against Kentucky, so lets say they become bowl eligible too, giving the SEC 10 bowl eligible teams.) 

National Title Game: Auburn
(As long as Auburn does not lose their last 2 games, they likely have a BCS Bowl secured)

#1 Bowl Championship Series: LSU
-The winner of the SEC Championship Game gains an automatic berth to a BCS bowl game, preferentially the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

(This would go to LSU if Auburn makes the National Title Game.  If Auburn loses to South Carolina, the Gamecocks would get this spot.)
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#2 The Capital One Bowl: Alabama
Select the team with the best overall record among non-BCS playing SEC teams, or a team within one game of the best record.

(Alabama and Arkansas have equal records.  Under this scenario, Bama loses to Auburn, Arkansas loses to LSU, and the Capital One Bowl would pick Bama over the Hogs. If Arkansas wins and Alabama loses, then this bowl would pick between LSU and Arkansas, likely taking LSU.)
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#3 Cotton Bowl Classic: Arkansas
First pick of remaining teams from the Western Division

(If Arkansas beats LSU, this decision would come down between LSU and Arkansas and they would likely take LSU.  But, if the favorites play out, the Hogs would be the choice here)
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#4 Outback Bowl: South Carolina
Picks a remaining team from the Eastern Division

(This bowl could, in theory, pick Florida over South Carolina, but considering the Cocks win over the Gators and their SEC East championship, my thought is this would go to USC)
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#5 The Chick-fil-A Bowl: Florida or Georgia 
Selects after those two bowls

(If favorites play out, you have Florida and Georgia to choose from here.  Even though the game is in Atlanta, Florida would still draw as large a crowd, they beat Georgia and have a better conference record.  Not a shoe-in that UGA gets this spot.) 
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#6 The Gator Bowl: Georgia or Florida or Kentucky
Have the 6th pick

(If the Chick-fil-A goes with Florida, then Georgia is the choice.  Large fanbase, closer proximity to Jacksonville than Mississippi State.  Georgia would likely jump MSU in this spot.  As Matt told you yesterday, Kentucky is also being considered, assuming they beat Tennessee.  Even if they do, I just find it hard to believe that a bowl would pick UK over Georgia or Florida, if those schools were available.) 
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#7 Music City Bowl: Tennessee or Mississippi State
Work with the SEC office to determine the seventh and eighth picks.

(With both the Liberty and Music City in Tennessee, if the Vols become bowl eligible, then they will get chosen over Kentucky you would think.  Then these two bowls have to choose between UK and Mississippi State.  Frankly, if it’s up to the Liberty Bowl, why would they choose UK on the same day as the UK-UL game?  So, unless the SEC works out a way for Kentucky to go Music City, they likely give the Music City to UT or MSU and give the Liberty to the other team.)
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#8 Liberty Bowl: Tennessee or Mississippi State
Work with the SEC office to determine the seventh and eighth picks.

(Look above for explanation)
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#9 The BBVA Compass Bowl: Kentucky
Receives the ninth choice of SEC teams

(If the Liberty Bowl and the SEC take into consideration the UK-UL basketball game, then Kentucky likely gets pushed to this bowl, assuming their are 10 bowl eligible teams.  If UK beats Tennessee, then the Music City Bowl seems more likely, assuming their are 2 SEC BCS teams.)

Article written by Bryan the Intern