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SEC Bowl Recap: The Good

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Ten SEC teams accepted bowl invitations. I have divided the results into three areas: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly.

These three games fall into the "Good" category.

MUSIC CITY BOWL
Clemson 21, Kentucky 13
You may be asking, "What is a loss doing in the 'Good' category?" and that's not a bad question. However, consider this was Kentucky's fourth straight bowl game and what that means for the program and I think you'll agree that the Wildcats performance, while not good enough to beat a talented Clemson team, is something of note.

It was also a classy last nod of head coach Rich Brooks who will likely retire and hand the reigns to offensive coordinator, Joker Phillips. He didn't make a fuss, cause a stir, or anything like that. He simply stated, "I think it may be time for a change and time for Joker to take over." Say what you will, but winning football and Kentucky is a very new thing and the program has pieces in place to stay viable and active for years to come.

INDEPENDENCE BOWL
Georgia 44, Texas A&M 20
Who knew Georgia had defense? Granted, the Bulldogs were outgained by the Aggies, but they held up where it counts the most — the scoreboard.

Georgia's offense has been hit or miss most of the year but has been more of a hit in the last two months of the season and it did not disappoint in this one. Is Georgia a real contender for the SEC East? Probably not next year, but this should show Mark Richt, who has reportedly offered the defensive coordinator's job to everyone except me, that the answer to that riddle may already be on the staff with Rodney Garner and a young group of graduate assistant coaches. It also proves that most of the teams in the Big XII still haven't learned defense is a part of the game.

COTTON BOWL
Ole Miss 21, Oklahoma State 7
I don't know why it took Houston Nutt's staff this long to realize giving the ball to Dexter McCluster (34 rushes, 184 yards, 2 TDs in the Cotton Bowl) was the thing to do on offense, but it's a good thing they did. It's also a good thing Nutt and the Rebels still believe in defense because it's not easy to dismantle two allegedly high-powered offenses from the Big XII in back-to-back bowl wins or put up consecutive nine win seasons. The Rebels stand a good chance of taking second place away from LSU in the SEC West next season.

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