Last year, the conference regarded by many as the best in college football did not fill all its bowl tie-ins. The SEC had eight bowl-eligible teams last season and, with both Florida and Alabama in BCS bowls, filled only seven of its nine bowl obligations, leaving the Independence and the bowls scrambling for at-large teams.

This year, it doesn’t appear the SEC will have any such issues.

Nine SEC squads are already bowl-eligible and a 10th, Tennessee, can join them with a win over either Vanderbilt or Kentucky in the next two weeks. Mississippi State still has hope as well, but the 4-6 Bulldogs would have to beat both Arkansas and Ole Miss in the next two weeks to qualify.