As we await (anxiously, for many) Southeastern Convention Media Days subsequent week in Hoover Monday by means of Thursday, there are persevering with predictions concerning faculty soccer groups and gamers and coaches. These points will probably be resolved in the course of the season, which begins Saturday, September 4, for Alabama when the Crimson Tide meets Miami in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The final group merchandise of the 2021-22 season to be resolved would be the Faculty Soccer Playoff. Coach Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide is an early favourite to make that discipline of 4 resulting in the nationwide championship.
The highest 4 groups ranked by the CFP choice committee will play within the semifinals, Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl, each on Friday, December 31, 2021.
The 2 winners to play within the Faculty Soccer Playoff Nationwide Championship in Indianapolis on Monday, January 10, 2022.
It’s secure to imagine the SEC can have a group within the playoffs. It’s nearly secure to foretell that group will probably be Alabama. It’s not out of the query that two SEC groups might make it in, as occurred on the finish of the 2017 when Bama defeated Georgia in Atlanta, 26-23, in time beyond regulation.
The SEC barely missed getting two groups in final yr as Texas A&M had just one loss, that to Alabama. The more than likely situation for 2 SEC groups making the 4 group discipline is having one glorious group that doesn’t play within the SEC Championship Sport, as was the case for the Tide in 2017.
In our preseason SEC projections, we’ve 9 groups that may have the requisite six victories wanted for bowl eligibility (with potential exceptions for groups with solely 5 wins however a wonderful commencement fee).
The 9 groups we predicted to be bowl eligible previous to the SEC Championship Sport are Alabama (12 wins), Georgia (12), Texas A&M (11), Ole Miss (10), LSU (9), Florida (9, Kentucky (9), Missouri (8), and Auburn (6).
We’re not ready to guess which groups would possibly go to particular bowls, however the SEC has affiliations with eight bowls along with the CFP chance. Certainly, ought to an unlikely 10 or 11 league groups attain bowl eligibility, the convention has a few extra potentialities.
Listed here are these SEC-bowl affiliations:
Jan. 1 — Sugar Bowl vs. Massive 12 (SEC Champion goes right here if not within the Faculty Soccer Playoff, or highest-ranked SEC group.)
Jan. 1 — Citrus Bowl vs. Massive Ten, Orlando (The Citrus Bowl will get its choose of the highest SEC group out there after the CFP and Sugar Bowl are in place.)
The SEC will assign groups to the bowls on this pool:
Dec. 28 – Liberty Bowl vs. Massive 12, Memphis
*Dec. 30 – Duke’s Mayo Bowl vs. ACC, Charlotte
Jan. 4 – Texas Bowl vs. Massive 12, Houston
Jan. 1 – Outback Bowl vs. Massive Ten or ACC, Tampa
Dec. 31 – Gator Bowl vs. ACC, Jacksonville
Dec.30 – Music Metropolis Bowl vs. Massive Ten, Nashville
Second Tier bowls that may have SEC illustration if sufficient convention groups (it could imply 10 or 11 groups have 6 or extra wins) are bowl eligible. They’re:
Dec. 28 — Birmingham Bowl vs. American Athletic, Birmingham
Dec.23 – Gasparilla Bowl vs. AAC, ACC, or Pac-12,Tampa
For future reference:
*Dec. 30 — Las Vegas Bowl vs. Pac-12
*The SEC alternates with the Massive Ten between the Las Vegas and Duke’s Mayo (previously the Belk) bowls over six seasons. Duke’s Mayo is 2021, 2023, 2025, Las Vegas is 2022, 2024.