COLUMBIA — The Southeastern Conference announced agreements Monday with nine postseason bowl games and a new selection process for the bowl games.
Both the bowl agreements and selection process will take affect following the 2014 college football season, which coincides with the launch of the four-team College Football Playoff.
Allstate Sugar Bowl (New Orleans) — SEC Champion vs. Big 12 Champion
Discover Orange Bowl (Miami, Fla.) — SEC (in select years) vs. ACC Champion
Capital One Bowl (Orlando, Fla.) — SEC vs. Big Ten/ACC
Outback Bowl (Tampa Bay, Fla.) — SEC vs. Big Ten
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (Nashville, Tenn.) — SEC vs. Big Ten/ACC
Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, Fla.) — SEC vs. Big Ten/ACC
Autozone Liberty Bowl (Memphis, Tenn.) — SEC vs. Big 12
Texas Bowl (Houston) — SEC vs. Big 12
Belk Bowl (Charlotte, N.C.) — SEC vs. ACC
Birmingham Bowl (Birmingham, Ala.) — SEC vs. TBA
Advocare V100 Bowl (Shreveport, La.) — SEC vs. ACC
Under the new system, the Capital One Bowl will have the first choice of SEC teams after any of the schools have qualified for the College Football Playoff, the Allstate Sugar Bowl or the Discover Orange Bowl. The SEC school chosen to compete in the Capital One Bowl would be matched up with a school from the Big Ten or the Atlantic Coast Conference.
“We are pleased to have established a lineup of premier bowl games that will give our student-athletes a wonderful postseason experience and our fans the opportunity to travel to venues in the geographical footprint of the conference,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said in a news release announcing the changes.
The conference has renewed its agreements with the Outback Bowl, the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl and the Autozone Liberty Bowl, while coming to new agreements with the Texas Bowl and the Belk Bowl. Those six bowls will be a part of a pool of games from which the conference will make the next series of bowl assignments.
Once assignments have been made to the pool of six bowls, the Birmingham Bowl and the Advocare V100 Bowl will have the final two selections of qualifying SEC schools.
“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,” Slive said in the release.
In all, the SEC will be playing postseason games in six different states.