Wednesday, December 28, 2011

SEC Bowling

I haven't gotten interested in the college football bowl season yet.  How could I?  The SEC hasn't started playing yet.

The Southeastern Conference sends nine of the twelve teams to bowls this year, beginning with Mississippi State vs. Wake Forest in Friday's Music City Bowl and concluding on January 9 with LSU and Alabama playing for the national championship. (Roll Tide!)  Ole Miss, Kentucky and Tennessee are staying home this bowl season.

This is one of those odd years when there are no games on New Year's Day; it falls on a Sunday.  The traditional New Year's Day games are on Monday and stretching out through the week.

The SEC bowl schedule:

Friday, December 30
Music City Bowl -- Mississippi State vs. Wake Forest, 6:40 p.m. ET

Saturday, December 31
Liberty Bowl -- Vanderbilt vs. Cincinnati, 3:40 p.m.
Chick-fil-A Bowl -- Auburn vs. Virginia, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, January 2
Gator Bowl -- Florida vs. Ohio State, 1 p.m.
Outback Bowl -- Georgia vs. Michigan State, 1 p.m.
Capital One Bowl -- South Carolina vs. Nebraska, 1 p.m.

Friday, January 6
Cotton Bowl -- Arkansas vs. Kansas, 8 p.m.

Monday, January 9
BCS National Championship -- LSU vs. Alabama, 8:30 p.m.

Two teams will join the SEC next season, Missouri and Texas A&M.  Missouri scored on their first five possessions of Monday's Independence Bowl and cruised past North Carolina 41-24.  The Aggies play Northwestern this Saturday in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

Notice that three SEC teams all play at the same time on January 2, leading to a lot of channel changing early, followed by a couple of games that I don't care a lot about.  Those three games at 1 p.m. should be among the best of the bowl season, featuring teams that appear to be pretty evenly matched.
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