The way SEC team’s bowl destinations are determined will be different in 2014. This should be good news for Mississippi State.
The College Football Playoff will feature four teams playing to determine a national champion. Odds are the SEC will have at least one team in the playoff, perhaps two. The Capitol One Bowl will choose their top choice of the bowl-eligible SEC teams not in the playoff. After that, things will not be how they always were..
The SEC will determine the league representative for six bowl games in consultation with the schools and the bowl games. In other words, there will be a pool of six teams and the league will determine which fit is best.
Those games are:
- Outback Bowl (vs. Big Ten)
- Music City Bowl (vs. ACC or Big Ten)
- Gator Bowl (vs. ACC or Big Ten)
- Liberty Bowl (vs. Big 12)
- Texas Bowl (vs. Big 12)
- Belk Bowl (vs. ACC)
Once the SEC spots are filled in those six bowls, the Birmingham Bowl will have the first choice of available SEC teams, followed by the newly named DUCK COMMANDER Bowl in Shreveport.
This should be good news for MSU because hopefully we will not get snubbed, say for example if we were 9-3 and LSU was 8-4 but they were chosen to go to the Outback Bowl and we went to the Music City.
For reference, the College Football Playoff will be played at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl for the semifinal games, and in Arlington, TX (Jerry’s World) for the national title. The other four bowls associated with the playoff (Peach, Orange, Fiesta and Cotton) will all have hand-selected matchups by the playoff committee, who will also determine the final four teams.
SEC Network, College Football Playoff, new bowl selection – changes all around!