November 20th, 2013 10:54 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Auburn, BCS, Mississippi State, SEC
With just two weeks to play in the regular season, we thought it would be a good time to assess the bowl hopes and title hopes around the SEC. The schools are listed according to their current overall record. (Rankings are opponents’ current BCS placement.)
Alabama (10-0, 7-0, BCS #1)
Have Beaten: Virginia Tech, Texas A&M (#12), Colorado State, Ole Miss (#24), Georgia State, Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, LSU (#22), Mississippi State
Still To Play: Chattanooga, Auburn (#6)
Possibilities: Barring the biggest upset ever versus Chattanooga, the Tide will reach Atlanta and the SEC Championship Game with a win over Auburn in the Iron Bowl. Win the SEC title game to improve to 13-0 and Nick Saban will go for his fifth BCS crown overall, his fourth at Alabama, and his third in a row.
Auburn (10-1, 6-1, BCS #6)
Have Beaten: Washington State, Arkansas State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss (#24), Western Carolina, Texas A&M (#12), Florida Atlantic, Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia
Still To Play: Alabama (#1)
Possibilities: A win in the Iron Bowl would send Gus Malzahn’s team to Atlanta as West champions. Beat Missouri or South Carolina there — and get some help with at least two of the remaining unbeatens (Florida State, Ohio State, Baylor) — and Auburn could reach the BCS title game.
Missouri (9-1, 5-1, BCS #8)
Have Beaten: Murray State, Toledo, Indiana, Arkansas State, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky
Still To Play: Ole Miss (#24), Texas A&M (#12)
Possibilities: Unfortunately for Mizzou, their toughest two-game stretch of the season comes at the end when an SEC East title is within sight. If the Tigers survive both Mississippi and Texas A&M they’ll head to Atlanta as the East representative. Knock of Alabama or Auburn in that game — to move to 12-1 — and get some help with a couple of the remaining undefeated teams (Florida State, Ohio State, Baylor) and Gary Pinkel could land his team in the BCS Championship Game. Very tough path, though. Very tough.
South Carolina (8-2, 6-2 BCS #11)
Have Beaten: North Carolina, Vanderbilt, UCF (#18), Kentucky, Arkansas, Missouri (#8), Mississippi State, Florida
Still To Play: Coastal Carolina, Clemson (#7)
Possibilities: The Gamecocks will be watching Missouri’s final two regular-season games with great interest. A single Mizzou loss will propel Steve Spurrier’s team to the SEC title game for just the second-time ever. If Carolina wins in Atlanta they’ll be off to the Sugar Bowl. With no realistic shot at the national championship, the Clemson game would really for bragging rights only. If Missouri loses a game.
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