SEC bowl preview

Dak Prescott's skills will be on display against Georgia Tech's defense in the Orange Bowl. (AP photo)

Dak Prescott’s skills will be on display against Georgia Tech’s defense in the Orange Bowl. (AP photo)

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.

ESPN.com’s in-depth preview of all the bowl games.

ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach predicts the winners of all the bowl games.

Independence Bowl

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.

Liberty Bowl

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 Bowl

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.

Belk Bowl

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

Peach Bowl

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.

Orange Bowl

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.

Outback Bowl

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.

Citrus Bowl

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.

Sugar Bowl

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.

TaxSlayer Bowl

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.

Birmingham Bowl

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.


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