This year the SEC is a top heavy league. It is entirely possible and maybe even probable that the top half of the conference will all finish with 9-3 or better records. Unfortunately, that doesn't bode well for South Carolina. Here are this week's bowl projections.
BCS Championship: Alabama v. Oregon
The Crimson Tide have another tough game this weekend against Texas A&M, but there's no reason to assume a loss in that game. After that, the schedule gets much easier with Western Carolina, Auburn and Georgia. The Tide will remain number one. Oregon should finish its schedule undefeated. Notre Dame and Kansas State may as well, but neither has a championship game to propel them to the top in the last BCS standings.
Sugar Bowl: Florida v. Notre Dame
The Gators should beat Florida State at year's end. If they fail to, their bowl slot will take a hit. With U-La-La and Jacksonville State in the next two weeks the Gators essentially have three weeks to prepare for the Seminoles. Notre Dame may or may not beat Southern Cal in the season finale. It won't matter either way; they will be an attractive team for any BCS bowl to invite.
CapitalOne Bowl: Georgia v. Michigan
The Bulldogs have successfully taken advantage of the hand they were dealt. They should fall to Alabama in Atlanta, and the CapitalOne Bowl will be a good landing spot. The B1G is going to get slaughtered this year in the bowls because their top two teams won't be playing. That moves everyone up to slots they shouldn't be in. Michigan will be the sacrificial lamb in this one.