COLUMBIA — The Southeastern Conference’s bowl picture is changing for 2014.
By TEREZ A. PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star
In a move that coincides with the creation of the new College Football Playoff, the SEC on Monday announced nine bowl agreements and a new process for assigning schools.
Under the SEC’s new system, which starts next year and runs through 2019, the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla., will have the first choice of all bowl-eligible SEC teams that did not qualify for the College Football Playoff or the Sugar or Orange bowls. The other team in the Capital One Bowl will be from the Big Ten or Atlantic Coast Conference.
After the Capital One Bowl makes its selection, the SEC — in consultation with its members — will assign its remaining eligible teams to six bowls: the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla. (vs. Big Ten), the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn. (vs. ACC/Big Ten), the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. (vs. ACC/Big Ten), the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn. (vs. Big 12), the Texas Bowl in Houston (vs. Big 12) and the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C. (vs. ACC).
If there are remaining bowl-eligible SEC teams, the Birmingham Bowl in Birmingham, Ala., and the Advocare V100 Bowl in Shreveport, La., will pick next.
While the majority of bowl tie-ins are familiar to SEC fans, the Texas Bowl and the Belk Bowls are both new to the lineup. The SEC is losing its tie-ins with the Chick-fil-A Bowl and Cotton Bowl, which are becoming part of the College Football Playoff’s semifinal rotation.
“This bowl process gives us the best opportunity to address several issues that impact SEC fans, including the creation of intriguing matchups, the accommodation of travel for fans, reduced ticket obligations for our schools and a variety of assignments to help prevent repetitive postseason destinations,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive said in a statement.