Bowl projections are my personal holiday Bah Humbug. It’s this time of year that I feel like I’m the only college football writer I know who doesn’t obsess over sketching out the bowl order six weeks before any bowl game of significance is going to play.
Who knows where South Carolina is going to play? I sure don’t. The Gamecocks could go anywhere from the Sugar Bowl to the Music City Bowl, and it seems to me that trying to figure it out now is a waste of time. I know there’s a fairly large contingent of South Carolina fans who think the Sugar Bowl would be a nice, and fitting, consolation prize if the Gamecocks don’t qualify for the SEC Championship team, and, in theory, a 10-2 South Carolina team would be a candidate. Here’s the problem with that line of thinking, though. It probably requires Georgia to beat Auburn, which would almost eliminate the Gamecocks from the SEC race. If the Tigers beat the Bulldogs, they’ll probably finish the regular season 10-2 with losses only to LSU and Alabama. That would make them at least as attractive as a 10-2 South Carolina team with losses to Georgia and Tennessee.
That’s kind of my point about bowl projections – there are so many variables still in play and something that might seem to help you today could hurt you tomorrow or vice versa. All that being said, I’m going to make a Thanksgiving resolution to try to embrace bowl projections this year, and we will discuss them each week in this space from now on. Maybe I’ll see what all the fuss is about.
Around the SEC:
Maybe not this week, but you’ve got to feel a little sorry for Florida right? The Gators have now lost seven starters to season-ending injuries after the announcement that linebacker Antonio Morrison tore his meniscus, and second-string quarterback Tyler Murphy is questionable for Saturday’s game against the Gamecocks.
Yes, you are allowed to start feeling sorry for them next week.
The most interesting SEC story of the week is Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall playing against Georgia. Marshall was a starting cornerback at Georgia before coach Mark Richt kicked him off the team for a violation of team rules. Now, he becomes the second dismissed Dog to start at quarterback against Georgia this season.