COLUMBIA, S.C. – After a 17-12 loss to South Carolina on Saturday, the Gators effectively eliminated themselves from a shot at the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Chances of getting there were slim anyway as UF would have had to probably win out, but now it can finish no better than 7-5 and has a very real possibility of ending the regular season 6-6.
With FCS opponent Furman this week, bowl eligibility shouldn’t be a concern as Florida should be expected to beat the Paladins. A loss to Florida State in the regular season finale could send the Gators to the Music City Bowl, but even that’s a stretch. The only other attractive option for the Gator Bowl after Florida is Tennessee, a team that needs two more wins to be bowl eligible.
Mississippi State needs one more win to qualify for a bowl, but the Bulldogs likely won’t end up in Jacksonville after playing there last year. Of course, nothing is a science when it comes to bowl selections but there aren’t many options for the struggling Gators.
BCS National Championship (Jan. 9, 8:20 p.m. at Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, La.) : LSU vs. BCS #2
Allstate Sugar Bowl (Jan 3, 8:30 p.m. at Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, La.): Alabama vs. BCS
Capital One Bowl (Jan. 2, 1 p.m. at Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando): Georgia vs. Big Ten team
Cotton Bowl (Jan. 6, 8 p.m. at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas): Arkansas vs. Big 12 team
Outback Bowl (Jan. 2, 1 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa): South Carolina vs. Big Ten team
Chick-Fil-A Bowl (Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. at Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.): Auburn vs. ACC team
Gator Bowl (Jan. 2, 1 p.m. at EverBank Field in Jacksonville): Florida vs. Big Ten team
Music City Bowl (Dec. 30, 6:40 p.m. at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn.): Mississippi State vs. ACC team
Liberty Bowl (Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m. at Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn.): Vanderbilt vs. C-USA team
BBVA Compass Bowl (Jan. 7, 1 p.m. at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala.): Tennessee* vs. Big East team
(* The SEC might not fill this bid. Tennessee needs two wins but plays Vanderbilt at home and at Kentucky, and both look to be winnable for the Vols.)
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