The SEC couldn’t continue its national championship streak last year, but has a team in prime position to start a new one.
Alabama is the top seed for the new College Football Playoff, but will need to defeat Ohio State and either Oregon or Florida State to win the national title.
The Crimson Tide is one of a record 12 SEC teams that qualified for bowls.
Here is a quick preview of all 12 SEC bowls.
Miami vs. South Carolina, 3:30 p.m. Dec. 27, ABC
One sentence: Steve Spurrier said last week that he’ll be around for another four or five more years, but Gamecocks fans hope that they won’t be like this one.
West Virginia vs. Texas A&M, 2 p.m. Dec. 29, ESPN
One sentence: Somebody better install a space for another number on the scoreboard because neither one of these teams can play defense.
Texas vs. Arkansas, 9 p.m. Dec. 29, ESPN
One sentence: The Razorbacks put a stop to their 13-game SEC losing streak in style, defeating LSU and Ole Miss, but can they keep it going against Texas?
Music City Bowl
Notre Dame vs. LSU, 3 p.m. Dec. 30, ESPN
One sentence: Both teams struggled down the stretch as turnovers caught up to Notre Dame and inexperience damaged LSU’s season.
Louisville vs. Georgia, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 30, ESPN
One sentence: The Bulldogs have to be disappointed after just missing out on the SEC title game and losing to Georgia Tech in OT, and will want to work out their frustrations against Todd Grantham’s defense
TCU vs. Ole Miss, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 31, ESPN
One sentence: Ole Miss better have its safeties on the lookout for the deep ball because TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin loves to go long.
Georgia Tech vs. Mississippi State, 8 p.m. Dec. 31, ESPN
One sentence: These offenses revolve around their quarterbacks — Dak Prescott and Justin Thomas — so look for the defenses to be out to stop them.
Wisconsin vs. Auburn, noon Jan. 1, ESPN
One sentence: You know new Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp would love to scheme up a way to stop Badgers RB Melvin Gordon.
Minnesota vs. Missouri, 1 p.m. Jan. 1, ABC
One sentence: The Golden Gophers might not have enough weapons or speed to keep up with Missouri QB Maty Mauk and defensive ends Shane Ray and Markus Golden.
Ohio State vs. Alabama, 8:30 p.m. Jan. 1, ESPN
One sentence: Urban Meyer is down to his third QB — Cardale Jones — and coming off the Buckeyes’ best game of the year, but Alabama will be ready.
Iowa vs. Tennessee, 3:20 p.m. Jan. 2, ESPN
One sentence: Inconsistent Iowa is a perfect opponent for Tennessee, which is playing in its first bowl game since 2010.
East Carolina vs. Florida, 1 p.m. Jan. 3, ESPN
One sentence: New coach Jim McElwain won’t be coaching the Gators, but he’ll be watching his players and taking note of who he’ll have next year.