Thursday, November 17, 2005

Even With A Win Over The Tide, Auburn Is Far From Guaranteed A New Year's Day Bowl

The bowl scenarios for Auburn are interesting to say the least.

Common logic says that if the Tigers win on Saturday they will be headed to the Capital One Bowl in Orlando.

But as Lee Corso says, "Not so fast my friend." Even with an Auburn win on Saturday they are far from assured a date in Orlando. Steve Spurrier is making noise these days in South Carolina and should they beat Clemson on Saturday they may very well push Auburn down a notch on the bowl selection chart despite the Tigers whipping the Gamecocks earlier this year.

Assuming that both Georgia and LSU advance to the SEC Championship, the winner heads to the Sugar and the loser would either go to the Capital One Bowl or the Outback Bowl.

But here's where it gets sticky. Should South Carolina win on Saturday they would move to 8-3 and would become very attractive to the Florida bowls. There's nothing more the bowls would like than to have the ole ball coach make a return visit to the Sunshine State.

Should that happen, Auburn could very well be in a contest with Alabama for a date in the Cotton Bowl, with the odd man out headed to the Peach Bowl in Atlanta.

So when you're sitting in Jordan-Hare or in your living room on Saturday keep one eye on the South Carolina-Clemson game and leave a little in your tank to pull for those other Tigers.

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