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 Papajohns.com 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.