crystal-ball-soothsayerThis fall marks the beginning of a new era in college football.  Not only will the College Football Playoff make its debut, but all of the top six bowls will be assigned teams by the new CFP selection committee.  In addition, there will be more bowls than ever before -- 39.  Schools from the Power Five conferences will, for the most part, face one another.  Those schools will also have more power than ever in terms of who's going to those games and how much of the profit they'll get to keep.  As a result, the smaller conferences have banded together to create their own new games, including the Bahamas Bowl, the Boca Raton Bowl and the Camellia Bowl.

So in Year One of this new age, who from the SEC can expect to go bowling?  Bill Bender of The Sporting News has made his projections this morning.  And while we don't agree with all his selections, it's June and I do have an appointment for an oil change.  So here's how Bender sees things shaking out for your favorite league's teams...

 

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl (Houston, TX) -- Missouri vs Kansas State

Belk Bowl (Charlotte, NC) -- Ole Miss vs North Carolina

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (Nashville, TN) -- Texas A&M vs Louisville

Duck Commander Independence Bowl (Shreveport, LA) -- Mississippi State vs Syracuse

AutoZone Liberty Bowl (Memphis, TN) -- Florida vs TCU

Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, FL) -- South Carolina vs Miami (FL)

Outback Bowl (Tampa, FL) -- Georgia vs Wisconsin

Birmingham Bowl (Birmingham, AL) -- Tennessee vs East Carolina

Capital One Bowl (Orlando, FL) -- LSU vs Nebraska

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (Atlanta, GA) -- Auburn vs Central Florida

Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA), Playoff Semifinal -- Alabama vs Oklahoma

 

Eleven SEC teams going bowling this season?  We suspect there will be only ten, but we'll make our own official predictions in the days to come.