Here are our contractual SEC bowl games
winner of SEC Championship goes to playoffs (LSU or Georgia). If LSU wins then Sugar bowl gets first dibs on either Georgia, Bama or UF. If Georgia wins then the Sugar will take LSU.
There are no Guarantees the Orange bowl will take an SEC team. The Problem is they have to take an ACC team (most likely UVA, unless they upset Clemson who would then be knocked out of the playoff race and end up here). Notre Dames, Wisconsin and Minnesota could be candidates as an opponent.
Now according to the contract the Citrus gets to pick since it is “the next highest bowl” so they will have a choice of either Bama or UF who are both 10-2 ( UGA could be here possible as a candidate). Hard to guess, logic says Florida but their fans don’t travel well and the turds fans do.
After the Citrus the remaining bowl games are considered equal and the remaining bowl eligible SEC teams essentially go into a bag, but these bowl games generally go off location and proximity to SEC school for traveling fans. This is really about generating revenue more than the actual match up. That’s why you see 9-3 teams vs 7-5 or 6-6 teams at these bowls.