Schlabach has been wavering this offseason back and forth on where to put the Bulldogs in that 1-3 range. Right now, he has us back into the National Title game in Miami vs. the Ohio State Suckeyes. All told, he projects 10 SEC teams bowling (Image: Hipple):
|Title Game||Georgia vs. Ohio State|
|Sugar||Auburn vs. Texas Tech|
|Capital One||Florida vs. Illinois|
|Outback||Tennessee vs. Penn State|
|Cotton||LSU vs. Texas|
|Chick-Fil-A||Alabama vs. Virginia Tech|
|Music City||South Carolina vs. Miami|
|Liberty||Ole Miss vs. Houston|
|Independence||Mississippi State vs. Ok State|
|PajaJohns.com*||Kentucky vs. Rutgers|
I agree with his SEC projections with some exceptions. I'm skeptical that we make the national title game given the schedule. So I'd see it more along the lines of Georgia in the Sugar, Florida in the Orange Bowl and Auburn in the Capital One Bowl.
Separately, I think that for the SEC to have 10 bowl eligible teams that Bobby Petrino will be in for another painful year. For both MSU and Ole Miss to go bowling, the Razorbacks will need to drop games to both squads.
But otherwise, I like those SEC picks. Not too unreasonable.
Other Projection Observations:
- Notre Dame in the Gator Bowl -- No damn way. I don't see seven wins on that schedule, and you don't make the Gator with 7 wins.
- Texas Tech in the BCS -- I don't see it. I see them finishing 3rd in the Big 12 South.
- Georgia Tech -- Schlabach has the Yellow Jackets sitting at home this year. That would end one of the longer consecutive bowl steaks in the nation. There's no way Gailey lets that streak end with this talent.
- BYU -- The Cougars are the trendy pick for the BCS at-large spot this year. I could see them making that sort of ranking, and the Fiesta would love to have them. I just hope they fall on their face before that.
*I must've been asleep at the wheel or maybe I forgot. But I didn't realize that the SEC had joined up with the Big East in the PapaJohns.com Bowl in Birmingham.