11 SEC Bowls: Game Broadcast Info, Preview Notes and Score Predictions

Auburn’s defense tackles Alabama’s Damien Harris in the first half.
Auburn at Alabama football, Iron Bowl, on Saturday, Nov 24, 2018 in Auburn, Ala.
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By Vince Ferrara / @VinceSports

It is time for some SEC football predictions, as I do each week on SportsRadioWNML.com here on my blog, Vince’s View.

Here are my predictions for the 11 SEC teams in bowl games, including the college football playoff semifinals. See the rest of my bowl predictions on my blog here.

The point spreads are simply as a gauge of favorites with straight-up winners, not picked against the spread.

Notes below are from the league office.

2018 SEC Championship Weekend Prediction Record: 2-0
Season Prediction Record: 89-24 (79%)


Dec. 27 / 9 p.m.
Academy Sports +Outdoors Texas Bowl
NRG Stadium (71,795) / Houston, Texas
Vanderbilt (6-6, 3-5 SEC) vs. Baylor (6-6)
Series History: Baylor leads, 2-0 • Last Meeting: BU, 25-19 (1954 at Nashville)
TV: ESPN (Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic)
Radio: ESPN Radio (Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons)
SiriusXM: 80

Vanderbilt Commodores (6-6, 3-5 SEC)
Head Coach: Derek Mason (Northern Arizona ‘93)
Overall / Years: 24-37 / Fifth season
Vanderbilt / Years: Same
National Rankings: N/A
Bowl Appearance: 9th
Bowl Record: 4-3-1
Bowl Streak: L1 (last lost to N.C. State 41-17 in 2016 Independence Bowl)

Baylor Bears (6-6, 4-5 Big 12)
Head Coach: Matt Rhule (Penn State ‘97)
Overall / Years: 35-40 / Sixth season
Baylor / Years: 7-17 / Second season
National Rankings: N/A
Bowl Appearance: 24th
Bowl Record: 12-11
Bowl Streak: W2 (last def. Boise State 31-12 in 2016 Cactus Bowl)

Line: Vanderbilt -4 ½
Score Prediction: Vanderbilt 31 Baylor 24


Dec. 28 / 1:30 p.m.
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Nissan Stadium (68,000) / Nashville, Tenn
Auburn (7-5, 3-5 SEC) vs. Purdue (6-6)
Series History: First Meeting
TV: ESPN (Anish Shroff, Ahmad Jones, Roddy Jones)
Radio: ESPN Radio (Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport)
SiriusXM: 80

Auburn Tigers (7-5, 3-5 SEC)
Head Coach: Gus Malzahn (Henderson State ‘90)
Overall / Years: 61-32 / Seventh season
Auburn / Years: 52-29 / Sixth season
National Rankings: N/A
Bowl Appearance: 43rd
Bowl Record: 23-17-2
Bowl Streak: L2 (last lost to UCF 34-27 in 2018 Peach Bowl)

Purdue Boilermakers (6-6, 5-4 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Jeff Brohm (Louisville ‘94)
Overall / Years: 43-22 / Fifth season
Purdue / Years: 13-12 / Secons season
National Rankings: N/A
Bowl Appearance: 19th
Bowl Record: 10-8
Bowl Streak: W1 (last def. Arizona 38-35 in 2017 Foster Farms Bowl)

Line: Auburn -3 ½
Score Prediction: Auburn 34 Purdue 28


Dec. 29 / Noon
Belk Bowl
Bank of America Stadium (73,778) / Charlotte, N.C.
South Carolina (7-5, 4-4 SEC) vs. Virginia (7-5)
Series History: South Carolina leads 21-13-1 • Last Meeting: SC, 31-7 (2003 at Columbia)
TV: ESPN (Adam Amin, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman)
Radio: ESPN Radio (Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Kris Budden)
SiriusXM: 81

South Carolina Gamecocks (7-5, 4-4 SEC)
Head Coach: Will Muschamp (Georgia ‘94)
Overall / Years: 50-37 / Seventh season
South Carolina / Years: 22-16 / Third season
National Rankings: N/A
Bowl Appearance: 23rd
Bowl Record: 9-13
Bowl Streak: W1 (last def. Michigan 26-19 in 2018 Outback Bowl)

Virginia Cavaliers (7-5, 4-4 ACC)
Head Coach: Bronco Mendenhall (Oregon State ‘88)
Overall / Years: 114-65 / 14th season
Virginia / Years: 15-22 / Third season
National Rankings: N/A
Bowl Appearance: 20th
Bowl Record: 7-12
Bowl Streak: L3 (last lost to Navy 49-7 in 2017 Military Bowl)

Line: South Carolina -5
Score Prediction: South Carolina 35 Virginia 21


Dec. 29 / Noon
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Stadium (73,000) / Atlanta, Ga.
#10 Florida (9-3, 5-3 SEC) vs. #7 Michigan (10-2)
Series History: Michigan leads, 4-0 • Last Meeting: UM, 33-17 (2017 at Arlington in Advocare Kickoff Classic)
TV: ESPN Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams
Radio: ESPN Radio (Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic)
SiriusXM: 80

Florida Gators (9-3, 5-3 SEC)
Head Coach: Dan Mullen (Ursinus ‘94)
Overall / Years: 78-49 / 10th season
Florida / Years: 9-3 / First season
National Rankings: 10 CFP, 10 AP, 10 Coaches
Bowl Appearance: 44th
Bowl Record: 22-21
Bowl Streak: W1 (last def. Iowa 30-3 in 2017 Outback Bowl)

Michigan Wolverines (10-2, 8-1 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Jim Harbaugh (Michigan ‘86)
Overall / Years: 96-40 / 11th season
Michigan / Years: 38-13 / Fourth season
National Rankings: 7 CFP, 8 AP, 8 Coaches
Bowl Appearance: 54th
Bowl Record: 27-24-3
Bowl Streak: L2 (last lost to Arkansas 31-7 in 2014 Texas Bowl)

Line: Michigan -7 ½
Score Prediction: Michigan 24 Florida 14


Dec. 29 / 8 p.m.
Capital One Orange Bowl Semifinal
Hard Rock Stadium (65,326) / Miami Gardens, Fla.
#1 Alabama (13-0, 8-0 SEC) vs. #4 Oklahoma (12-1)
Series History: Oklahoma leads, 3-1-1 • Last Meeting: OU, 45-31 (2014 at Sugar Bowl)
TV: ESPN (Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Laura Rutledge, Maria Taylor)
Radio: ESPN Radio (Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay)
SiriusXM: 80/84

Alabama Crimson Tide (13-0, 8-0 SEC)
Head Coach: Nick Saban (Kent State, ‘73)
Overall / Years: 236-62-1 / 23rd season
Alabama / Years: 145-20 / 12th season
National Rankings: 1 CFP; 1 AP; 1 Coaches
Bowl Appearance: 68th
Bowl Record: 39-25-3
Bowl Streak: W2 (last def. Georgia 26-23 [OT] in 2018 CFP Championship)

Oklahoma Sooners (12-1, 8-1 Big 12)
Head Coach: Lincoln Riley (Texas Tech ‘06)
Overall / Years: 24-3 / Second season
Oklahoma / Years: Same
National Rankings: 4 CFP; 4 AP; 4 Coaches
Bowl Appearance: 52nd
Bowl Record: 29-21-1
Bowl Streak: L1 (last lost to Georgia 54-48 [OT] in 2018 Rose Bowl)

Line: Alabama -14
Score Prediction: Alabama 52 Oklahoma 35


Dec. 31 / 3:45 p.m.
Autozone Liberty Bowl
Liberty Bowl Memorial (58,211) / Memphis, Tenn.
#23 Missouri (8-4, 4-4 SEC) vs. Oklahoma State (6-6)
Series History: Missouri leads, 29-23 • Last Meeting: MIZ, 41-31 (2014 at Cotton Bowl)
TV: ESPN (Clay Matvick, Dan Orlovsky, Paul Carcaterra)
Radio: ESPN Radio (Dave LaMont, Ray Bentley, Alyssa Lang)
SiriusXM: 80

Missouri Tigers (8-4, 4-4 SEC)
Head Coach: Barry Odom (Missouri ‘99)
Overall / Years: 19-18 / Third season
Missouri / Years: Same
National Rankings: 23 CFP; 24 AP, NR Coaches
Bowl Appearance: 33rd
Bowl Record: 15-17
Bowl Streak: L1 (last lost to Texas 33-16 in 2017 Texas Bowl)

Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-6, 3-6 Big 12)
Head Coach: Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State ‘90)
Overall / Years: 154-59 / 14th season
Oklahoma State / Years: Same
National Rankings: N/A
Bowl Appearance: 29th
Bowl Record: 18-10
Bowl Streak: W2 (last def. Virginia Tech 30-21 in 2017 Camping World Bowl)

Line: Missouri -8
Score Prediction: Missouri 42 Oklahoma State 27


Dec. 31 / 7:30 p.m.
TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
EverBank Field (77,511) / Jacksonville, Fla.
#19 Texas A&M (8-4, 5-3 SEC) vs. N.C. State (9-3)
Series History: First Meeting
TV: ESPN (Adam Amin, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich)
SiriusXM: 84

Texas A&M Aggies (8-4, 5-3 SEC)
Head Coach: Jimbo Fisher (Samford ‘89)
Overall / Years: 91-27 / Ninth season
Texas A&M / Years: 8-4 / First season
National Rankings: 19 CFP; 21 AP, 20 Coaches
Bowl Appearance: 40th
Bowl Record: 17-22
Bowl Streak: L3 (last lost to Wake Forest 55-52 in 2017 Belk Bowl)

NC State Wolfpack (9-3, 5-3 ACC)
Head Coach: Dave Doeren (Drake ‘93)
Overall / Years: 66-37 / Eighth season
NC State / Years: 43-33 / Sixth season
National Rankings: N/A
Bowl Appearance: 32nd
Bowl Record: 17-13-1
Bowl Streak: W2 (last def. Arizona State 52-31 in 2017 Sun Bowl)

Line: Texas A&M -6
Score Prediction: Texas A&M 31 NC State 13


Jan. 1 / Noon
Outback Bowl
Raymond James Stadium (65,657) / Tampa, Fla.
# 18 Mississippi State (8-4, 4-4 SEC) vs. Iowa (8-4)
Series History: First Meeting
TV: ESPN2 (Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath)
SiriusXM: 82

Mississippi State Bulldogs (8-4, 4-4 SEC)
Head Coach: Joe Moorhead (Fordham ‘96)
Overall / Years: 46-17 / Fifth season
Mississippi State / Years: 8-4 / First season
National Rankings: 18 CFP, 18 AP, 18 Coaches
Bowl Appearance: 22nd
Bowl Record: 13-8
Bowl Streak: W3 (last def. Louisville 31-27 in 2017 TaxSlayer Bowl)

Iowa Hawkeyes (8-4, 5-4 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Kirk Ferentz (Connecticut ‘78)
Overall / Years: 163-122 / 23rd season
Iowa / Years: 151-101 / 20th season
National Rankings: NR
Bowl Appearance: 32nd
Bowl Record: 15-15-1
Bowl Streak: W1 (last def. Boston College 27-20 in 2017 Pinstripe Bowl)

Line: Miss State -7
Score Prediction: Miss State 28 Iowa 6


Jan. 1 / 1 p.m.
VRBO Citrus Bowl
Camping World Stadium (60,219) / Orlando, Fla.
#14 Kentucky (9-3, 5-3 SEC) vs. #12 Penn State (9-3)
Series History: Penn State leads, 3-2 • Last Meeting: PSU, 26-14 (1999 at Outback Bowl)
TV: ABC (Dave Flemming, Brock Huard, Laura Rutledge)
Radio: ESPN Radio (Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman)
SiriusXM: 80

Kentucky Wildcats (9-3, 5-3 SEC)
Head Coach: Mark Stoops (Iowa ‘89)
Overall / Years: 21-31 / Sixth season
Kentucky / Years: Same
National Rankings: 14 CFP, 16 AP, 15 Coaches
Bowl Appearance: 18th
Bowl Record: 8-9
Bowl Streak: L4 (last lost to Northwestern 24-23 in 2017 Music City Bowl)

Penn State Nittany Lions (9-6, 6-3 Big Ten)
Head Coach: James Franklin (East Stroudsburg ‘95)
Overall / Years: 69-35 / Eighth season
Penn State / Years: 45-20 / Fifth season
National Rankings: 12 CFP, 13 AP, 12 Coaches
Bowl Appearance: 49th
Bowl Record: 29-17-2
Bowl Streak: W1 (last def. Washington 35-28 in 2017 Fiesta Bowl)

Line: Penn State -6 ½
Score Prediction: Penn State 34 Kentucky 16


Jan. 1 / 1 p.m.
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
State Farm Stadium (63,400) / Glendale, Ariz.
#11 LSU (9-3, 5-3 SEC) vs. #8 Central Florida (12-0)
Series History: First Meeting
TV: ESPN (Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay)
Radio: ESPN Radio (Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia Dekker)
SiriusXM: 81

LSU Tigers (9-3, 5-3 SEC)
Head Coach: Ed Oregeron (Northwestern State ‘84)
Overall / Years: 40-36 / Seventh season
LSU / Years: 24-9 / Third season
National Rankings: 11 CFP, 11 AP, 11 Coaches
Bowl Appearance: 50th
Bowl Record: 25-23-1
Bowl Streak: L1 (last lost to Notre Dame 21-17 in 2018 Citrua Bowl)

UCF Knights (12-0, 8-0 AAC)
Head Coach: Josh Heupel (Oklahoma ‘01)
Overall / Years: 12-0 / First season
UCF / Years: Same
National Rankings: 8 CFP, 7 AP, 7 Coaches
Bowl Appearance: 10th
Bowl Record: 4-5
Bowl Streak: W1 (last def. Auburn 34-27 in 2018 Peach Bowl)

Line: LSU -7 ½
Score Prediction: LSU 31 UCF 21


Jan. 1 / 8:45 p.m.
Allstate Sugar Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Superdome (72,500) / New Orleans, La.
#5 Georgia (11-2, 7-1 SEC) vs. #15 Texas (9-4)
Series History: Texas leads 3-1 • Last Meeting: UG, 10-9 (1984 at Cotton Bowl)
TV: ESPN (Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe)
Radio: ESPN Radio (Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons)
SiriusXM: 80/84

Georgia Bulldogs (11-2, 7-1 SEC)
Head Coach: Kirby Smart (Georgia ‘98)
Overall / Years: 32-8 / Third season
Georgia / Years: Same
National Rankings: 5 CFP, 6 AP, 6 Coaches
Bowl Appearance: 55th
Bowl Record: 31-20-3
Bowl Streak: L1 (last lost to Alabama 26-23 [OT] in 2018 CFP Championship)

Texas Longhorns (9-4, 7-2 Big 12)
Head Coach: Tom Herman (California Lutheran ‘97)
Overall / Years: 38-14 / Fourth season
Texas / Years: 16-10 / Second
National Rankings: 15 CFP; 14 AP; 14 Coaches
Bowl Appearance: 55th
Bowl Record: 28-24-3
Bowl Streak: W1 (last def. Missouri 33-16 in 2017 Texas Bowl)

Line: Georgia -13
Score Prediction: Georgia 45 Texas 28


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