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Ready to make your holiday travel plans? 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’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’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’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’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’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’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’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’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’s Take: LSU vs Wisconsin
Our Take: Of all the faux matchups so far, this one is the most appealing.

BCS Championship Game’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.



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 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.


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.


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.


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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