The 2013-14 Bowls were announced on Sunday and Vanderbilt was selected by the BBVA Compass Bowl to play Houston of the American Athletic Conference at noon on Saturday, January 4, at Birmingham’s Legion Field. It will be Ole Miss and Georgia Tech in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on December 30 at 2:15 pm at LP Field. The SEC’s quest for an eighth consecutive national championship will continue as Auburn will play Florida State in the VIZIO BCS National Championship on January 6 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
For Vanderbilt, it is an unprecedented third consecutive bowl game but they are hardly moving up in the pecking order. Despite 17 wins the past two years (and nine in conference), the Commodores effectively drew the SEC’s final bowl slot. It appeared Vanderbilt was slated for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl for the second time in three years, but in a controversial move that bowl selected 6-6 Mississippi State to face Conference USA champion Rice.
The Music City Bowl’s picks had been forecast for weeks. It was in the end quite predictable. Both the Rebels and the Yellow Jackets finished 7-5 this season. It will be the second appearance for Ole Miss and the first for Tech in Nashville’s Holiday Tradition. For information on ticket packages, including the Music City Triple Play involving seats to Predators and Titans action on bowl week, be sure to visit MusicCityBowl.com
In the BCS Championship, it will be the renewal of a great rivalry from the ‘80s as Auburn battles Florida State. It has been a magical season for the Tigers as the rebound from a 0-8 conference mark in 2012 culminated with their eighth SEC championship and a thrilling 59-42 victory over Missouri. Auburn is 12-1 under first-year head coach Gus Malzahn and they feature one of the great rushing attacks in SEC history. Led by Heisman Trophy finalist RB Tre Mason, and QB Nick Marshall, the Tigers rolled up 545 yards on the ground in the SEC title game. Florida State is the only undefeated team at 13-0, led by likely Heisman winner in freshman QB Jameis Winston.
Despite missing out on a chance at a third national title in a row, Alabama will play Oklahoma in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The Sooners were a bit of a surprise pick to play the Tide. Most expected Oregon to be in that game.
Overall, 10 SEC teams are in the postseason, second to the ACC’s 11. Ole Miss will be the first of them to take the field. Following that is Mississippi State in the Liberty; Texas A&M vs. Duke in the Chick-fil-A; Georgia vs. Nebraska for the second straight year this time in the Gator; South Carolina vs. Wisconsin in the Capital One; LSU vs. Iowa in the Outback; then the Sugar; Missouri vs. Oklahoma State in the Cotton; then Vandy in the Compass; and Auburn in the championship game.
In addition, Middle Tennessee was invited to play Navy in the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas, December 30, the game before the Music City at 10:45 am.