Alabama Football: ’23-’24 a better SEC bowl season but not for Bama?

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In the 2023-24 college football bowl season, 13 SEC teams are predicted to participate. One of them is Alabama Football, but not with a destination and an opponent Alabama Crimson Tide fans are going to like.

Don’t shoot the messenger! These are not my predictions but those of Brad Crawford of 247Sports.

What happened for SEC teams in the 2022-23 bowl season was that 11 SEC teams had bowl games. As National Champions, Georgia technically had two bowl games. Not counting the National Championship game, the SEC was 6-5 in the bowl season. Georgia, Alabama, LSU, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi State won.

In the five losses, Oregon State beat Florida, 30-3 in the Las Vegas Bowl; Wake Forest beat Missouri, 27-17 in the Gasparilla Bowl; Texas Tech beat Ole Miss, 42-25 in the Texas Bowl; Notre Dame beat South Carolina, 45-38 in the Gator Bowl (with former UND and now Crimson Tide QB, Tyler Buchner throwing three touchdown passes) and Iowa embarrassed Kentucky, 21-0 in the Music City Bowl.

What about Alabama Football in ’23-’24?

According to Brad Crawford, Alabama Football will likely lose two regular season games and not make the SEC Championship game. Based on Crawford’s full set of predictions, he appears to project that the Crimson Tide will lose to Texas and LSU.

I’ll hold off on Crawford’s bowl and opponent prediction for the Crimson Tide until the end of this post.

’23-’24 Bowl Predictions for other SEC football teams

  • Kentucky Wildcats vs. UCLA Bruins in the Las Vegas Bowl
  • Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Gasparilla Bowl
  • Missouri Tigers vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Liberty Bowl
  • The highlight of this post for Alabama football fans is the prediction of the Auburn Tigers vs. Memphis Tigers in the Birmingham Bowl
  • Florida Gators vs. Baylor Bears in the First Responder Bowl
  • Texas A&M Aggies vs. TCU Horned Frogs in the Texas Bowl
  • Ole Miss Rebels vs. Clemson Tigers in the Gator Bowl
  • Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Maryland Terrapins in the Music City Bowl
  • Tennessee Vols vs. Wisconsin Badgers in the Citrus Bowl
  • South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers in the ReliaQuest Bowl
  • LSU Bengal Tigers vs. USC Trojans in the Cotton Bowl
  • Georgia Bulldogs vs. Michigan Wolverines in the CFB Playoff semi-final Sugar Bowl

Crawford has the Texas Longhorns in the CFB Playoff semi-final Rose Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Including Texas and MTSU, Crawford’s prediction has Alabama playing 10 bowl teams.

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Last and perhaps least, based on what a disappointment it would be, is the Alabama Crimson Tide taking on the Tulane Green Wave in the Peach Bowl.