Friday, December 2, 2022

Vassallo: SEC Bowl Projections, Round Two

Photo by Joshua McCoy, courtesy Ole Miss Athletics
Photo by Joshua McCoy, courtesy Ole Miss Athletics

The power pack of four in the SEC has now separated itself from the field of 14 as to current bowl projections based upon’s forecast based upon future favorites prevailing:

NCAA Playoff (Orange/Cotton): All four teams of Alabama, Florida, LSU and Ole Miss are still very much alive!

Sugar Bowl (SEC 1, $ pool payout): Alabama seems most logical if left out of SEC title game

Citrus Bowl (SEC 2, $4.250M): LSU likely

Peach Bowl (At Large, $ pool payout): Loser of SEC title game, likely

Outback Bowl ($3.5M): SEC 3,4 — Texas A&M (9-3 projected)

Texas Bowl ($3M): SEC 4-8 vs. Big 12 — Tennessee (8-4 projected)

TaxSlayer Bowl ($2.75M): SEC vs. Big 10/ACC — MSU (7-5 projected)

Music City Bowl ($2.75M): SEC — Georgia (7-5 projected)

Belk Bowl ($1.7M): SEC vs. ACC — Arkansas (6-6 projected)

Liberty Bowl ($1.437M): SEC vs. Big 12 — Auburn (6-6 projected)

The remaining four teams of South Carolina, Missouri, Vanderbilt and Kentucky are doubtful. Returning to Ole Miss (the league’s current mystery team), here are several possibilities:

An 11-2 Ole Miss which wins SEC Championship. How this record could be left out of the final four would be ridiculous.

An 11-2 Ole Miss which is shunned from the final four becomes a lockdown for the Sugar.

A 10-3 Ole Miss which loses SEC title game headed to either Citrus or Peach.

A 9-3 Ole Miss likely in either Outback or Citrus.

As of right now, it’s difficult to see the Rebs going anywhere else or less than one of these. This team is exciting to watch with marquee players — a television bonanza!


Steve Vassallo is a contributor. Steve writes on Ole Miss athletics, Oxford business, politics and other subjects. He is an Ole Miss grad and former radio announcer for the basketball team. Currently, Steve is a highly successful leader in the real estate business who lives in Oxford with his wife Rosie. You can contact Steve at or call him at 985-852-7745.