2017-18 SEC Bowl Schedule | Bonehead Picks

2017-18 SEC Bowl Schedule

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The final rankings for the College Football Playoff and the 2017-18 bowl schedule were set on Sunday. There are only nine teams in the SEC who are going bowling and the final four for the CFP title has left some controversy as expected. The national title game will be played on January 8 at Mercedez Benz Stadium in Atlanta which has already hosted a lot of great games. Here is the rundown of where the playoff and bowl teams are along with a small preview.

  • College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game (Pasadena)
    No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 2 Oklahoma

First ever matchup between the two schools as Georgia makes only its second appearance in this historic bowl. It will be the first time the SEC has participated in the Rose Bowl since 1946.

  • College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl (New Orleans)
    No. 4 Alabama vs. No. 1 Clemson

The rubber match won’t be for the championship, but for a trip this time. Alabama has lost the last three Sugar Bowls and hasn’t won there since beating Miami (FL) winning the national title in 1992.

  • Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl (Houston)
    Missouri vs. Texas

First meeting since Missouri left the Big XII for the SEC. The Tigers won the last Big XII meeting in 2011 but the Longhorns lead the all-time series 17-6.

  • Belk Bowl (Charlotte)
    Texas A&M vs. Wake Forest

Special teams and tight ends coach Jeff Banks will serve as interim head coach for this bowl game. This is the first matchup between the Aggies and the Demon Deacons.

  • Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (Nashville)
    Kentucky vs. No. 21 Northwestern

Only the second ever meeting between the two Wildcat teams and Northwestern won that game in 1928. This will be Kentucky’s fifth Music City Bowl appearance looking for their third win in this game.

  • TaxSlayer Bowl (Jacksonville)
    No. 23 Mississippi State vs. Louisville

Fifth meeting overall, with the Cardinals winning the last two because of forfeits in 1975 and 1976. This will be the first time they will meet in the postseason.

  • Outback Bowl (Tampa)
    South Carolina vs. Michigan

Fourth meeting overall and second consecutive matchup in this very bowl. The Gamecocks won the last meeting in Tampa in 2013.

  • Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (Atlanta)
    No. 12 UCF vs. No. 7 Auburn

Fourth meeting overall with Auburn winning all three of them (1997-99) and will play for the first time in a bowl gama. After taking the Nebraska job, it is believed that Scott Frost and his staff will coach the final game.

  • Citrus Bowl Presented by Overton’s (Orlando)
    No. 17 LSU vs. No. 14 Notre Dame

12th meeting overall with the Irish leading the all-time series 6-5. Notre Dame beat LSU in the Music City Bowl in 2014 and both will make their fourth postseason appearance together.

The final three games will be played on New Year’s Day, with the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl being a part of the New Years Six. All nine bowls matchup with two Big XII teams, three ACC teams (four if you want to count Notre Dame as a partial member), two Big Ten teams and one AAC.

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