With the exception of Ole Miss, Kentucky and Vanderbilt, every school in the South Eastern Conference was invited to a bowl game for the 2011-2012 season. Out of the nine SEC schools going bowling,six schools broke the AP and BCS top 25 standings at the close of the regular season, including No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Alabama, No. 6 Arkansas, No. 9 South Carolina, No. 16 Georgia and No. 25 Auburn.
Two teams from within the SEC West division, LSU and Alabama, will duke it out for the title of best college football team in the BCS National Championship game, scheduled for Monday, Jan. 9 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN3. In the first meeting between the teams on Nov. 5, top-ranked LSU traveled up to Tuscaloosa and stole a 9-6 road win in overtime from the No. 2-ranked Crimson Tide. The Tigers will defend their perfect record in the last college football game of the year against their SEC West rivals.
The SEC's representatives will face tough out-of-conference match-ups, but with a combined record of 79-31, there's a good chance the schools from the South East will prevail over their opponents, who hail from Conference USA, the ACC, Big East, Big 10 and Big 12. Without further ado, here is the full schedule for the 2011 SEC bowl games. All games on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNU are available online via WatchESPN.com.
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl - Mississippi State Bulldogs (6-6, 5th in SEC West) vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-6, 2nd in ACC Atlantic) - Dec. 30 at 6:40 p.m. ET. Game will air on ESPN and ESPN3.
AutoZone Liberty Bowl - Vanderbilt Commodores (6-6, 4th in SEC East) vs. Cincinnati Bearcats (9-3, 1st in Big East Conference) - Dec. 31 at 3:30 p.m. ET. Game will air on ABC and ESPN3.
Chick-fil-A Bowl - No. 25 Auburn Tigers (7-5, 4th in SEC West) vs. Virginia Cavaliers (8-4, 2nd in ACC Coastal) - Dec. 31 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Game will air on ESPN and ESPN3.
Capital One Bowl - No. 9 South Carolina Gamecocks (10-2, 2nd in SEC East) vs. No. 20 Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-3, 3rd in Big 10 Legends) - Jan. 2 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Game will air on ESPN and ESPN3.
Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl - Florida Gators (6-6, 3rd in SEC East) vs. Ohio State Buckeyes (6-6, 4th in Big 10 Leaders) - Jan. 2 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Game will air on ESPN2 and ESPN3.
Outback Bowl - No. 16 Georgia Bulldogs (10-3, 1st in SEC East) vs. No. 17 Michigan State Spartans (10-3, 1st in Big 10 Legends) - Jan. 2 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Game will air on ABC.
AT&T Cotton Bowl - No. 6 Arkansas Razorbacks (10-2, 3rd in SEC West) vs. No. 8 Kansas State Wildcats (10-2, 2nd in Big 12 Conference) - Jan. 6 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Game will air on FOX.
Allstate BCS National Championship - No. 1 LSU Tigers (13-0, 1st in SEC West) vs. No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1, 2nd in SEC West) - Jan. 9 at 8:30 p.m. ET. Game will air on ESPN and ESPN3.