University of Alabama

SEC and Big 12 announce new bowl partnership for conference champions

AUBURN, Ala. — The SEC and the Big 12 announced Friday that the two conferences have reached a five-year agreement to square off in a post-season bowl game, a game that begins in 2014.

The game will pit the champions of the SEC and the Big 12 against each other unless one or both of those champions are selected to play in college football’s new four-team playoff.

At first glance, the newly-proposed bowl game is the SEC and Big 12’s answer to the Pac-12 and Big Ten’s Rose Bowl partnership.

“A new January bowl tradition is born,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive said. “This new game will provide a great matchup between the two most successful conferences in the BCS era.”

In reality, the bowl will most likely pit the No. 2 or No. 3 teams from each conference on an annual basis. During the 14-year history of the BCS, the SEC and Big 12 have each had 14 teams qualify for a top-four spot in the BCS rankings.

The two conferences have combined to make 16 appearances in the BCS National Championship Game. Nine SEC teams have appeared in the title game, and seven Big 12 teams have reached the game, more than any other conference.

A specific site for the bowl game has not been determined, although the game will be played on New Year’s Day.

“Our goal is to provide the fans across the country with a New Year’s Day prime-time tradition,” acting Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas said. “The creation of this game featuring the champions of the Big 12 and SEC will have tremendous resonance in college football.