Nine SEC teams will play in a bowl, including two who have made the College Football Playoff field.
Here’s a quick look at each of the postseason games involving an SEC team. The teams are listed alphabetically.
All times are Eastern.
Bowl: vs. Clemson (12-1) in the Sugar Bowl
The line: Alabama by 2.5
Date, TV info: January 1, 8:45 p.m., ESPN
The skinny: The fourth-seeded Tide take on the top-seeded Tigers in one of the College Football Playoff semifinals. It is Alabama’s fourth consecutive CFP appearance, and this one was somewhat controversial, given Alabama’s status: The Tide didn’t even win its division and owns zero wins over top-16 teams in the final CFP rankings. This is the third consecutive season these teams have met in the playoffs.
Bowl: vs. UCF (12-0) in the Peach Bowl
The line: Auburn by 9.5
Date, TV info: January 1, 12:30 p.m., ESPN
The skinny: The Tigers face the nation’s only unbeaten team in Atlanta. UCF coach Scott Frost already has accepted the coaching job at Nebraska, but the plan is for him to coach the Knights in the bowl game. Auburn should be able to physically push UCF around, but can the Tigers handle UCF’s wide-open spread offense?
Bowl: vs. Oklahoma (12-1) in the Rose Bowl
The line: Georgia by 1.5
Date, TV info: January 1, 5 p.m., ESPN
The skinny: The Bulldogs, who won the SEC title for the first time since 2005, meet the Sooners in a CFP semifinal. Oklahoma features gun-slinging Heisman-winning QB Baker Mayfield (4,340 yards, 41 TDs). Georgia features a powerful rushing attack and a stifling defense. OU hasn’t exactly seen a bunch of good defenses this season. The flipside? Georgia hasn’t seen a quarterback anything close to Mayfield. (And, yes, we know Missouri QB Drew Lock threw four TD passes against the Bulldogs.)
Bowl: vs. Northwestern (9-3) in the Music City Bowl
The line: Northwestern by 7.5
Date, TV info: December 29, 4:30 p.m., ESPN
The skinny: It’s a matchup of Wildcats. Northwestern is 21st in the final CFP rankings, but fell down the bowl pecking order. Two high-level running backs will go head-to-head: Kentucky’s Benny Snell Jr. (1,318 yards) vs. Northwestern’s Justin Jackson (1,154 yards, his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard season). Northwestern comes in riding a seven-game winning streak.
Bowl: vs. Notre Dame (9-3) in the Citrus Bowl
The line: LSU by 3
Date, TV info: January 1, 1 p.m., ABC
The skinny: This will be one of the best bowls outside of the New Year’s Six/CFP. Neither team is all that effective throwing the ball, and two of the nation’s top running backs will be on view in LSU’s Derrius Guice (1,153 yards) and Notre Dame’s Josh Adams (1,386 yards).
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