Chick-fil-A Bowl chairman says SEC loser returning to Atlanta ‘very unlikely’

As reported in the AJC earlier this week, the bowl scenarios for the SEC Championship game loser are very unclear at this point.

The winner will, of course, be in the Discover BCS Championship Game and Florida (11-1) appears slated for Nokia Sugar Bowl. That leaves the Capital One, Cotton, Outback and Chick-fil-A bowls to fight it ouot for the SEC loser. Selections will be announced on Sunday.

The SEC has an agreement with the Chick-fil-A to not let the title game loser fall past it in the selection process. Chick-fil-A Bowl chairman Leeman Bennett, in his weekly selection blog posted on Wednesday, listed as its five SEC favorites LSU, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.

But, he also wrote this caveat at the end: “The final thing to consider would be our role to protect the runner-up in the SEC Championship Game that could see either Georgia or Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Bowl this year. Again, not very likely, but something to consider.”

The key is what happens between the Capital One in Orlando and the AT&T Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas. It appears both may want the Aggies and their Heisman Trophy favorite Johnny Manziel. The Capital One, in the SEC’s selection process, gets first dibs on any teams not included in the BCS. But you can be sure that the Cotton Bowl’s representatives are falling all over themselves to match Texas with Texas A&M. The two schools did not play for the first time in nearly 100 years this season since the Aggies bolted the Big 12 for the SEC.

If the Cotton happens to win that battle, then that would open up the Capital One for the SEC loser. Georgia played in the Outback last year and South Carolina played in the Capital One, making it unlikely (though not ruled out) that either one would return this year.

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dewnsav

November 28th, 2012
6:04 pm

Saturday is all that matters right now…go dogs

Tuck Fech

November 28th, 2012
6:05 pm

National Championship or GTFO

bruce mac

November 28th, 2012
6:20 pm

Who cares about the meaningless bowls. Saturday is for the whole ball of wax. Bowls= good vacation for the players, that’s it.

Destin Dawg

November 28th, 2012
6:26 pm

Just win Dawgs… run Gurshall….. Murray .. pass AND scramble like Johnny Football… Grantham’s DEEEE stop the run… Tree.. JJ.. Jenkins… put on the brakes… we Can Win this year … all the way.. Dawgs… Nat’l Champs !!!

DawginNY

November 28th, 2012
6:37 pm

What a cluster-f if the Capital One picks A&M. That means the Cotton will pick LSU or Bama. We went to the Outback last year, so they will take either South Carolina or whoever is left of LSU and Bama. That means that if we lose, we go to Chick-fil-A. If Bama loses, they go to Cotton or Outback. The Capital One should play nice because it’s better for everyone.

Scott Hall

November 28th, 2012
6:38 pm

HEY YO,

These chumps just need to win or go home. You Dawg and Bammer fans make me sick. GO win your game or go home ladies.

TECH rules!!!

HEY YO

Delbert D.

November 28th, 2012
6:44 pm

Could be some strange selections this year, like Michigan vs. Virginia Tech last year in the Sugar Bowl. None from those conferences, but there will be several teams with decent records. In my opinion, a couple of the non-BCS bowls will have better matchups for lower payouts.

Italian_29

November 28th, 2012
6:59 pm

DawninNy, I think the Chic-fil-A said that it was unlikely that they would take the loser of the SEC Championship game or maybe I misunderstood what the article was about. Go Dawgs! Just win and it won’t matter.

Eat Mor Chikin

November 28th, 2012
6:59 pm

DouglasDawg95

November 28th, 2012
7:02 pm

Does anyone really care? Losing to Bama just can’t be an option. We gotta win!

intellibird

November 28th, 2012
7:06 pm

As a Clemson fan, I would like to see the Dawgs and Tigers in the Peach (err, Chik-Fil-A) Bowl. They seem evenly matched to me, regardless of present rankings, plus its a good rivalry. Think these 2 are scheduled for a home and home series here in the near future. Could be a preview.

Rabbit

November 28th, 2012
7:17 pm

Who really cares where Alabama plays in a bowl game after Saturday?

Dawg-Gawn

November 28th, 2012
7:28 pm

The SECCG is a better game than the BCSCG G win’s both! Let Nick Saban worry about what bowl Bama will play in… he’s been worried about it all week!

Fact is, Nick’s been sleeping with the light on!

ND can not beat TAMU, USCe, UF, LSU, UA or UGA… get real!!!!

“Our Team” “Our Time” “No Regrets”

“Carpe diem”

“BELIEVE” in the “G”

Rabbit

November 28th, 2012
7:32 pm

“BELIEVE” in the “G”

davidinloganville

November 28th, 2012
7:50 pm

intellibird

November 28th, 2012
7:06 pm Think these 2 are scheduled for a home and home series here in the near future. Could be a preview.

No they OPEN the season against each other, another reason not to match them in a bowl game.

Hairy Crack

November 28th, 2012
7:53 pm

“It’s Our Destiny”
First up is to defeat Bama.
Next is to dominate noter dam!

Go Dawgs!!!

Intellibird

November 28th, 2012
7:59 pm

Daveinloganville,
Yeah, I agree, if they open next year with a game then there is no reason to see them play this year. Didn’t know that, but am glad to hear it.

Clemson-LSU kinda scares me, but whatever – bring it on!

Dawg Talk

November 28th, 2012
8:13 pm

Just win Saturday & you will know what bowl you’re playing in! Case Closed!!!!!!

GtDawg

November 28th, 2012
8:20 pm

Just win Baby!!!!

Red Stick

November 28th, 2012
8:34 pm

There are rumors going around here that Texas refuses to play A&M in the Cotton Bowl. If Texas loses to K St it may not matter anyway as they are not likely to go being unranked.

A&M is probably going to the Cap One regardless of the outcome of the SECCG.

I believe the matchups for the Big 6 in the SEC will be:

If Bama wins, FL to the Sugar, A&M to the Cap, LSU to the Cotton, SC to Tampa and UGa to the Chick Fil A.

If UGa wins, FL to the Sugar, A&M to the Cap, Bama to the Cotton, SC to the Outback and LSU to Atlanta.

Chip, LSU was ranked #3 in 2005, lost to Georgia in the SECCG and fell to the Peach Bowl so it can happen.

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

kingdaddy

November 28th, 2012
8:36 pm

One game at a time…

kingdaddy

November 28th, 2012
8:39 pm

The most important game of the year, the next one…

Scott Hall

November 28th, 2012
8:51 pm

All you UGA A$$ Clowns get ready for a beating. After Saturday the closest you will get to ND and a National Championship ring will be when you guys are serving Buck Belue Balls his fries when he comes in to the Burger King in Alpharetta while wearing his 1980 championship ring.

HEY YO and Go Tech

GTBOBjr

November 28th, 2012
9:01 pm

All we know is Georgia is NOT going to Miami !!!!!!

nobody

November 28th, 2012
9:02 pm

if the Dawgs don’t make it to the National Championship game, wouldn’t it be nice if some bowl pairs South Carolina and Georgia in a rematch….

Douglas

November 28th, 2012
9:12 pm

Hey Scott: if you are so bold, why don’t you give out your home address? I didn’t think so.

ARdawg

November 28th, 2012
9:13 pm

My sight is Georgia in Miami

DwayneL

November 28th, 2012
9:15 pm

No way uga can beat bama! NONE!

ARdawg

November 28th, 2012
9:27 pm

Bama is in the way, Bama goes down

Athens

November 28th, 2012
9:28 pm

Scott Hall = Toool Time

SimpleDawg

November 28th, 2012
9:28 pm

The SECCG loser goes to the Capital One Bowl…..

TAM goes to the Cotton

Gators to the Sugar

LSU to the HOF

Gamecocks to either the Peach or Gator

Miss State to the other….

Tuck Fech

November 28th, 2012
9:31 pm

Scott Hall : I guess that you are Happy your not so mighty Jackets (48-10) will be playing in the toilet bowl again…….

dewnsav

November 28th, 2012
9:31 pm

guess the dogs shouldn’t even show up then D-wayne…glad you clued me in so I won’t even bother with the game…moron…go dogs

Tuck Fech

November 28th, 2012
9:33 pm

Oh and scotty my boy FSU will POUND TECH worse than we did. But nobody cares about the sorry ACC champ game…

Intellibird

November 28th, 2012
9:43 pm

As an “impartial” Clemson fan, I don’t really think UGA can beat Clemson, Bama, or Notre Dame. But, if they beat Bama, then they will definately lose to The Irish.

You would think that Georgia has completely dedicated themselves to winning this one game against the Crimson Tide. Using every motivational technique and holy directive.

Georgia can expect a straight up beating, aside from the dreadlocks and 15 yard penalties. You folks can stop dreaming.

Ga is undisciplined, over-rated, and under-coached.

This has been obvious for years.

USC Crying Towel

November 28th, 2012
9:49 pm

What sucks is Florida– winner of nothing– going to the Sugar. Didn’t they lose to Georgia?

USC Crying Towel

November 28th, 2012
9:51 pm

Hey Intellibird: Why would Georgia want to play an ACC also-ran (Klempsun) in a bowl game. I would love to see them play you– they’d kill you like we did.

dewnsav

November 28th, 2012
9:59 pm

Intellibird…never mind…go dogs

Flowery Branch Yellow Jacket

November 28th, 2012
10:20 pm

With the exception of Notre Dame, every team has lost at least one game this season … and every team has come close to losing others. Anyone who says “UGA can’t beat Notre Dame, Alabama, etc.” simply hasn’t been watching much college football this year. Of course, anyone who says that UGA is “guaranteed” to beat anyone else is also delusional. If Georgia plays UA or ND the same way they played against USCe or Kentucky, then the Dog fans will be embarrassed. Let’s just cheer for our respective teams and enjoy the competition. We won’t know the final outcome until the whistle blows to conclude the final game.

Danny Ford

November 28th, 2012
10:24 pm

ARdawg

November 28th, 2012
11:21 pm

Georgia by 12

Toccoa Dawg

November 28th, 2012
11:29 pm

The loser of the SECCG should in no way fall beyond the cap one. It’s a travesty for a team to win it’s division and not play in a good bowl because they lose a championship game. Not saying the Chicken bowl isn’t a good bowl but the loser should play on new years day.

dawgproud

November 28th, 2012
11:34 pm

@intellibird

You sir are complete and udder toad sucker

drbasic1

November 28th, 2012
11:40 pm

This game SHOULD be an instant classic. no more than a 7 point margin either way. I listen to xm radio daily and have decided the PAUL FINEBAUM show should be renamed to the Alabama white trash call in show. My gosh talk about tools…..i thought a lot of the Georgia fans were delusional, but these bama folks have a new super definition for the meaning, plus i think Finebaum talks to the most ignorant of the ignortant that call in. Most just assume Bama has already won and they are talking about playing ND already…..

Octoberdawg

November 28th, 2012
11:45 pm

Honestly…..I don’t give a crap what bowl we “fall” to if we lose the SECCG. Does it really matter? Not in the least. All that matters right now is Alabama. We take of business on Saturday, and then turn our sights on the Irish (who don’t stand a chance against Bama or the Dawgs). If we lose Saturday, I could care less if I’m headed to Orlando, Tampa or Atlanta. I’ll be wherever they are to cheer them on. Of course…..I would much rather book my room in Miami!

Go Dawgs!!!!!!

hello there

November 28th, 2012
11:48 pm

i liek turtles

just sayin

November 28th, 2012
11:53 pm

We all know one thing for sure… Georgia Tech just flat out sucks!

westtexasdawg

November 29th, 2012
12:33 am

The bowl game is this Saturday. …. I hope football god smiles on UGA. It’s time…..

kauai dawg

November 29th, 2012
12:54 am

Saturday is the REAL deal and let everything else work itself out after then. DAWGS in Miami sounds nice playing the EXACT team we beat in 1980 for NC!

A-Ville Ranger

November 29th, 2012
1:15 am

I hate it when Towers writes a lazy article like this one where he seems to write half an article. He didn’t bother getting into detail at all on where UGA is likely to end up.

TOWERS…stop being a lazy half-asser.