I heard the weather in Florida is tough to beat in early January.
As the Vols season came to close, Jauan Jennings stood on the director podium, leading the Pride of the Southland Marching Band to Rocky Top in the pouring rain.
Nothing was going to keep Jennings from doing what so many former greats have done in the past. It was his time. And, even in the rain, it was a perfect time because of the win over Vanderbilt.
Jennings hates Vanderbilt, and so do many Tennessee football fans. Okay, every Tennessee fan hates the Commodores.
After the grim start with disappointing losses to Georgia State and BYU, Jeremy Pruitt’s team rallied behind him and the coaching staff. I’ll argue Tennessee is the hottest team in the nation not named Ohio State, LSU, or Clemson.
The Vols have won five straight games and winners of six of their final seven games. The only loss came at the hands of Alabama down in Tuscaloosa.
Or should I say, the refs?
None of that matters now. Tennessee is going bowling, and more than likely, it’s going to be in Florida.
That’s the only good thing about Florida; the state has beautiful weather even in early January.
If you haven’t picked up on it yet, the Vols should find themselves in Florida for a bowl game.
If you aren’t familiar with the SEC’s bowl ties, don’t worry, I got you covered. At least, I think I do.
There are nine SEC teams bowl eligible: Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Texas A&M, and Mississippi State.
The conference has agreements with nine postseason bowls, not including the Playoff or the New Year’s Six games.
The College Football Playoff has the first pick. At the current moment, both LSU and Georgia make it in. However, for this exercise, we are going to assume LSU beats Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.
The Sugar Bowl has the second pick, in which case they would take Georgia for being the next highest-ranked SEC team not in the Top 4.
Next comes the New Year’s Six bowls, which include Orange, Cotton, and Rose. This season both the Peach and Fiesta Bowls are semifinal games.
The SEC will have LSU in the College Football Playoff and Georiga in the Sugar Bowl. There is a scenario where an SEC doesn’t receive a bid to play in the Orange Bowl. The ACC is automatically in, and the opponent is an SEC/Big Ten/ND team. I believe this is where you will see Florida or Alabama.
And, there have no chance to play in the Rose Bowl due to the contact being for the Big Ten vs. Pac-12.
That leaves the Cotton Bowl, which is filled by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. This is where the leftover from the Orange Bowl will fall in Alabama or Florida.
The Citrus Bowl holds the first selection of available SEC teams after the College Football Playoffs selection is over. The logical choice here is Auburn, especially after the upset win over Alabama.
After all that, there is a pool of six bowl games, which include Outback, TaxSlayer, Music City, Texas, Belk, and Liberty.
The SEC, schools, and bowls will work together to decide which assignments make the most sense.
Both the Outback and TaxSlayer would love to have Tennessee. Not only are they one of the hottest teams in the nation, but the fan base travels and travels well.
So pack your bags folks, I heard the weather in Florida is tough to beat in early January.