Bowl projections for Gamecocks: Sugar hopes weakened?

GoGamecocks staff reportsNovember 20, 2013 

South Carolina's wide receiver Bruce Ellington (23) after USC gets an interception near the end of the quarter that sealed the win in the second half of the game. USC Gamecocks play the Florida Gators, Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium.

KIM KIM FOSTER-TOBIN — kkfoster@thestate.com

National sports media outlets and personalities project the Gamecocks (8-2) to end up in one of three postseason bowls.

In recent weeks, South Carolina was the choice in several projections to end up in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. Auburn is now the favorite to go to that BCS bowl after the Tigers' win over Georgia.

The Gamecocks could end up in New Orleans if the team can reach and win the SEC championship game.

For now, here's a roundup of the latest postseason projections for South Carolina.

... ESPN: Mark Schlabach - Capital One vs. Wisconsin; Brad Edwards - Capital One, vs. Michigan State (unchanged from last week)

... Phil Steele: Capital One, vs. Michigan State (unchanged from last week)

... USA Today: Capital One, vs. Michigan State (Last week: Sugar, vs. UCF)

... The Sporting News: Capital One, vs. Michigan State (Last week: Capital One, vs. Wisconsin)

... CBS (Jerry Palm): Outback, vs. Nebraska (Last week: Sugar, vs. UCF)

... NFL.com/Mike Huguenin: Outback, vs. Nebraska (Last week: Outback, vs. Michigan State)

... College Football News: Outback, vs. Nebraska (Last week: Outback, vs. Michigan State)

... SB Nation: Chick-fil-A, vs. Virginia Tech (unchanged from last week)

... SportsIllustrated: Chick-fil-A, vs. Duke (Last week: Chick-fil-A, vs. Virginia Tech)

... Athlon Sports: Chick-fil-A, vs. Duke (Last week: Outback, vs. Michigan State)

... Orlando Sentinel: Chick-fil-A, vs. Duke (Last week: Chick-fil-A, vs. Virginia Tech)

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The SEC bowl breakdown, order for this season:

SEC 1 - Sugar (BCS matchup)

SEC 2 - Capital One vs. Big Ten No. 2

SEC 3/4 - Cotton vs. Big 12 No. 2

SEC 3/4 - Outback vs. Big 10 No. 3

SEC 5 - Chick-fil-A vs. ACC No. 2

SEC 6 - Gator vs. Big 10 No. 4

SEC 7 - Music City vs. ACC No. 6

SEC 8/9 - Liberty vs. CUSA No. 1

SEC 8/9 - Compass vs. American No. 5

SEC 10 - AdvoCare V100 Bowl

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