A BCS bowl for Vols?

Apparently ignoring Tennessee's inexperience at quarterback, the folks at collegefootballnews.com are predicting the Vols will play in a BCS bowl game this season.

The popular website projects these BCS matchups:

ORANGE: Oklahoma vs. Southern Cal

ROSE: Michigan vs. Texas

SUGAR: Georgia vs. Florida State

FIESTA: Tennessee vs. West Virginia

The Fiesta Bowl, of course, was the site of the greatest moment in recent UT history -- the Vols' 23-16 defeat of FSU that wrapped up the 1998 national championship. The Big Orange also played in the Fiesta Bowl in 1992 (losing 42-17 to Penn State) and in 2000 (losing 31-21 to Nebraska).

For Tennessee to play in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl, the Big Orange probably would have to lose its Oct. 9 game at Georgia and win its other 11 games.

The folks at collegefootballnews.com project six other SEC teams getting bowl bids. They are:

LSU vs. Ohio State in the Capital One (formerly the Citrus)

Florida vs. Iowa in the Outback

Auburn vs. Virginia in the Peach

South Carolina vs. Purdue in the Music City

Alabama vs. Oklahoma State in the Independence

Ole Miss vs. Penn State in the Houston

The Cotton Bowl normally involves an SEC team but, with Georgia and UT projected to play in BCS bowls, collegefootballnews.com predicts the 2005 Cotton Bowl game will feature Notre Dame vs. Missouri.

Georgia, generally regarded as the class of the league for 2004, would be an attractive choice for the Sugar Bowl, which often takes the SEC champion. Florida going to the Outback certainly would be no surprise, either, since the Gators already attended the Tampa-based bowl in January of 2003 and January of 2004.

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