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Scout.com Posts Early Bowl Picks

Ready to make your holiday travel plans?  Scout.com has posted its analysts’ predictions for 2011-12 bowl season.  You may want to hold off on booking those hotels and flights just yet, however.  A year ago, no one would’ve expected Auburn to spend the 2011 holidays in Arizona gearing up for the BCS title game.

Below are the SEC teams that Scout’s forecasters expect to go bowling at season’s end.  For the full list, here’s Part One and here’s Part Two.


Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Scout.com’s Take: Georgia vs Boston College
Our Take: If UGA finishes the season in a third-tier bowl, it will be interesting to see if Mark Richt is the man coaching in that bowl or not.

AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Scout.com’s Take: Tennessee vs Tulsa
Our Take: Considering the lack of depth when Derek Dooley took over, reaching back-to-back bowl games in his first two years would be a solid accomplishment.

Chick-fil-A Bowl
Scout.com’s Take: South Carolina vs Virginia Tech
Our Take: Columbia isn’t far from Atlanta, but it’s hard to see the Chick-fil-A taking the Gamecocks two years in a row.

Outback Bowl
Scout.com’s Take: Florida vs Nebraska
Our Take: Okay, we’re starting to see a trend of Scout just pushing teams into similar level bowls. 

Capital One Bowl
Scout.com’s Take: Arkansas vs Michigan
Our Take: Sugar and Capital One payouts in consecutive years would help to cover the cost of Bobby Petrino’s most recent salary bump.

Gator Bowl
Scout.com’s Take: Mississippi State vs Michigan State
Our Take: Yet another SEC team picked to finish right where it ended the 2010 season.

AT&T Cotton Bowl
Scout.com’s Take: Auburn vs Texas
Our Take: Anything’s possible, but how anyone can expect Auburn to replace Cam Newton, Nick Fairley, 15 other starters and reach a January bowl is beyond us.

BBVA Compass Bank Bowl
Scout.com’s Take: Ole Miss vs Cincinnati
Our Take: It ain’t the Cotton, but the BBVA Compass Bank Bowl would beat another holiday spent at home.

Sugar Bowl
Scout.com’s Take: LSU vs Wisconsin
Our Take: Of all the faux matchups so far, this one is the most appealing.

BCS Championship Game
Scout.com’s Take: Alabama vs Oklahoma
Our Take: Alabama has the homefield advantage over LSU this year, but the Tigers will have a veteran quarterback who — as much as he struggled last year — led LSU to an 11-2 record.  Therefore it’s hard for us to say that a pick of Bama or LSU in the title game is wrong.

 


5 comments
Cal
Cal

If Dooley was able to take last season's team to the MCB I would suspect that he would be able to take his second team to a little better bowl than the Liberty. I guess Scout.com is predicting another 6 loss season? Sorry, I don't see them losing 6 again. I think 8 and 4 with a trip to Atlanta is a little more likely. Virginia Tech will not be playing in Atlanta either. Anybody seen that QB of theirs yet? He's a beast, expect similar results to what happened with Tennessee when Tee Martin took over. I'm no Tech fan, but they will be loaded everywhere.

Tyler
Tyler

We need UT to become good again. That is why the East is below par.

Brian McNicoll
Brian McNicoll

LSU-Alabama also is one of those rivalries where the visiting team does surprisingly well.

Cal
Cal

He had a makeshift offensive line too. That O-line isn't makeshift anymore with plenty of new depth and young guys that started plenty of games. Only concern will be the defense and that has been a concern in the past and even with the concern the defense usually ends up being Tennessee's strong suit.

Nick
Nick

Yup. The running game will be vastly improved, and, more importantly, the defense we'll field will be far more complexed. That means more blitzes, more Nickel and Dime packages, more complexed coverages, etc. I say 8-4.

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