Before we take a look at the where the SEC’s record 12 bowl-eligible teams ended up, here are the power rankings heading into the bowls. I’ll have a final Power Rankings after the bowls.
Alabama (No. 1 last week) – No surprises here, not after the Tide’s dominating performance against Missouri for yet another SEC title. The win kept them No. 1 in the CFP rankings, which was good for a Sugar Bowl berth against fourth-ranked Ohio State. Don’t be surprised to see Alabama in the national title game.
Missouri (No. 4) – The magic ran out for the Tigers against Alabama, but they’ve proven they belong in the SEC after two East titles in the past two years. Their reward is a trip to sunny Orlando and the Citrus Bowl.
Here’s the rest of the power rankings, based on the regular season.
Ole Miss (No. 7)
Mississippi State (No. 2)
Georgia (No. 3)
Auburn (No. 5)
LSU (No. 8)
Florida (No. 9)
Arkansas (No. 6)
Tennessee (No. 11)
South Carolina (No. 10)
Texas A&M (No. 12)
Kentucky (No. 13)
Vanderbilt (No. 14)
SEC bowl schedule
Independence Bowl: Miami vs. South Carolina, 3:30 p.m. Dec. 27, ABC
Liberty Bowl: West Virginia vs. Texas A&M, 2 p.m. Dec. 29, ESPN
Texas Bowl: Texas vs. Arkansas, 9 p.m. Dec. 29, ESPN
Music City Bowl: Notre Dame vs. LSU, 3 p.m. Dec. 30, ESPN
Belk Bowl: Louisville vs. Georgia, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 30, ESPN
Peach Bowl: TCU vs. Ole Miss, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 31, ESPN
Orange Bowl: Georgia Tech vs. Mississippi State, 8 p.m. Dec. 31, ESPN
Outback Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Auburn, noon Jan. 1, ESPN
Citrus Bowl: Minnesota vs. Missouri, 1 p.m. Jan. 1, ABC
Sugar Bowl: Ohio State vs. Alabama, 8:30 p.m. Jan. 1, ESPN
TaxSlayer Bowl: Iowa vs. Tennessee, 3:20 p.m. Jan. 2, ESPN
Birmingham Bowl: East Carolina vs. Florida, 1 p.m. Jan. 3, ESPN