SEC Bowl Grades
SEC Bowl Grade: A-
Push this up to an A if LSU wins the national title. The conference went 7-2 with a team in the national championship and with only one really bad performance. Mississippi State clunked against Louisville in the Music City, and Auburn might have lost to Minnesota, but overall this was a fantastic bowl season for the league considering all nine games were against other Power Five programs.
Alabama Bowl Grade: A-
Final Score: Alabama 35, Michigan 16
Line: Alabama -7, o/u: 58.5
– 5 Thoughts on the Citrus Bowl
The Crimson Tide had most of their stars, they stepped up their play in the second half, and they closed out a relatively disappointing season – only because they didn’t win the national title – with a 19-point win over a solid Michigan team. It wasn’t a perfect game – they were down at halftime – but they shutout the Wolverines in the second half.
Auburn Bowl Grade: C
Final Score: Minnesota 31, Auburn 24
Line: Auburn -7, o/u: 54
– 5 Thoughts on the Outback Bowl
Auburn deserves some credit for being in the hunt late despite getting badly outplayed – the O was outgained 494 yards to 232, and almost never had the ball. That wasn’t new – it came up with a win over Oregon in the season opener after getting outplayed – but with the score tied at 24, Minnesota was better.
Florida Bowl Grade: B
Final Score: Florida 36, Virginia 28
Line: Florida -14.5, o/u: 54.5
– 5 Thoughts on the Orange Bowl
It was an Orange Bowl win, but the Gators had to work for it and sweat it out. The D didn’t allow a 300-yard passer all season, and it couldn’t handle Bryce Perkins and his 323 yards through the air. Even so, the offense came up with 549 yards, got out to a 27-14 lead, and hung on. It should’ve been a wee bit easier, but that’s nitpicking – Virginia brought the fight.
Georgia Bowl Grade: A-
Final Score: Georgia 26, Baylor 14
Line: Georgia -5.5, o/u: 41.5
– 5 Thoughts on the Sugar Bowl
Georgia did what it did all season long – but with a passing game. Considering some key losses on the offensive line, and with a few missing players from other parts – D’Andre Swift ran just once – the team got up 19-0 and was never really threatened. Outside of WR George Perkins, it wasn’t anything amazing, but it was a double-digit Sugar Bowl win.
Kentucky Bowl Grade: A-
Final Score: Kentucky 37, Virginia Tech 30
Line: Virginia Tech -3, o/u: 46
– 5 Thoughts on the Belk Bowl
It’s not like Kentucky did anything that couldn’t have been seen coming from 1,000 miles away. It ran Lynn Bowden, it came up big in the clutch, and despite the limited offensive style, the team pulled off a win over the third-best team in the ACC.
LSU Bowl Grade: A+
Final Score: LSU 63, Oklahoma 28
Line: LSU -12.5, o/u: 75.5
– 5 Thoughts on the Peach Bowl
It would’ve been impressive if LSU came up with 692 yards, 63 points, a 49-14 halftime lead, and score after score after score against an FCS team, and it did it in the freaking College Football Playoff against the 12-1 Big 12 Champion program that was in its third straight tournament. The Tigers were amazing.
Mississippi State Bowl Grade: C-
Final Score: Louisville 38, Mississippi State 28
Line: Mississippi State -4.5, o/u: 62.5
– 5 Thoughts on the Music City Bowl
There was an issue in the bowl practices that knocked out likely starting QB Garrett Shrader, the Bulldogs blew a 14-0 lead by giving up 31 straight points, didn’t make a push until it was too late, gave up 510 yards of total Louisville offense, and the head coach got canned. That’s a bad bowl experience.
Tennessee Bowl Grade: B+
Final Score: Tennessee 23, Indiana 22
Line: Tennessee -2,.5 o/u: 54
– 5 Thoughts on the Gator Bowl
The Vols pulled it off. It took the best comeback of the 2019 college football season to win – no one had come back from down double-digits with fewer than five minutes to play – but so what? This was a MASSIVE win for a program that needed some positive energy going into the offseason.
Texas A&M Bowl Grade: B+
Final Score: Texas A&M 24, Oklahoma State 21
Line: Texas A&M -4.5, o/u: 55
– 5 Thoughts on the Texas Bowl
It was a tough fight with the defense holding firm after the first quarter – allowing just seven points over the last three quarters – and with Kellen Mond ripping off the plays he needed to pull off late. It wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t a perfect bowl performance – two turnovers and eight penalties – but the team came through when it had to.