Later this afternoon, everyone will know which bowl game their teams will be headed to for one more game this season. While we wait, we can take a look at what bowls everyone is projecting for the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
|Prognosticator||Anticipated Bowl||Anticipated Opponent|
|Mark Schlabach||Belk Bowl||Virginia Tech|
|Brett McMurphy||Belk Bowl||Virginia Tech|
|SB Nation||Belk Bowl||Virginia Tech|
|CBS Sports||Taxslayer Bowl||Miami (FL)|
|Campus Insiders||Outback Bowl||Northwestern|
The Belk Bowl seems to be the game that more and more folks are picking for the Mississippi State Bulldogs, and in many ways, it makes the most sense. It is a game that would be new to Mississippi State, and with many teams from the SEC having ACC opponents each year, the Bulldogs can tie into this game without worrying about a rematch in the near future.
The Taxslayer bowl comes as a bit of a surprise to me because the Bulldogs last trip saw poor attendance for the game. With Mississippi State having played there just a few years ago, will fans be up for going again. That 2013 matchup against Northwestern was the second lowest attended Taxslayer Bowl in the 2000s at the time. The only lower one featured Miami. That is not a ringing endorsement for that matchup.
Speaking of that Mississippi State-Northwestern matchup, given the poor attendance when the teams squared off in the Taxslayer Bowl, would the folks who run the Outback Bowl really want to set up that matchup? Northwestern does not have a large fan base, and for Bulldog fans, it would be a second trip down to Florida, which may not be as much of an issue as some would think.
We already know that the Liberty Bowl is high on Arkansas, and apparently, the Texas Bowl is big on LSU.
If those are true, that only leaves four landing spots (Outback, Taxslayer, Belk, and Music City) for Mississippi State, assuming the SEC office wants to work with bowls with a strong preference.
So how with the SEC shake out? Here's my guess...