Bowl Games Will Be Announced Sunday

When Auburn slaughtered South Carolina, 57-16, in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game Saturday, it probably allowed all the bowl games of SEC teams to be cemented, although things won't be final until following BCS final standings. Official bowl announcements come Sunday.

But a guy can guess, can't he?

Undoubtedly, the big one goes to Auburn and Oregon, the BCS National Championship Game in Glendale, Arizona on January 10.

The bowl game Alabama cares about is the bowl game for Alabama, and it appears to be the Capital One Bowl in Orlando on January 1 against Michigan State. Kickoff will be at 11 a.m. CST.

Alabama has never played in the Capital One Bowl, one reason the Crimson Tide is expected to be selected for Orlando. The Crimson Tide defeated Ohio State, 24-17, in the 1995 Citrus Bowl played in Orlando.

The Capital One has first choice of SEC teams following the BCS selections. In addition to Auburn, Arkansas has been announced as the choice of the Sugar Bowl on January 4.

LSU is likely the next highest ranked SEC team, and ordinarily that would be the choice of the Capital One but LSU went to Orlando last year.

Most expect LSU to go to the Cotton Bowl to play Texas A&M January 7.

South Carolina is expected to play in the Outback Bowl in Tampa. That game is played at the exact same time as the Capital One Bowl and also pits an SEC team against a Big Ten team. South Carolina is expected to play Iowa.

Much of the bowl guess could go way wrong if Florida is selected. There are many Gators on the Outback Bowl committee (and they claim they have enough clout to do whatever they want in Outback selection).

However, most expect Florida to go to the Gator Bowl, perhaps to play Michigan. That's another January 1 SEC vs. Big Ten bowl. (There are also rumors that Tennessee could get the Gator Bowl.)

Other SEC teams expected to be bowling are Mississippi State to the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta against an ACC team on December 31; Tennessee to the Music City Bowl on December 30 against an ACC team; Georgia to the Liberty Bowl on December 31 against a Conference USA team; and Kentucky to the Birmingham Bowl on January 8 against a Big East team.

All SEC teams except Vanderbilt and Ole Miss had the six wins necessary to be bowl eligible.

Alabama vs. Michigan State would pit Alabama Coach Nick Saban against the school that gave him his first job as head coach at a major university. It would also mark Bama's first game against Michigan State. And it would have Saban going against Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio, who was an assistant under Saban with the Spartans.

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