Big 12 working on preferred bowl lineup, schedules

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 29, 2013 at 8:39 pm •  Published: January 29, 2013
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IRVING, Texas (AP) — Big 12 athletic directors worked Tuesday to determine the league's preferred bowl lineup with the anticipation that the Cotton Bowl will become part of college football's new playoff system.

The 2½-hour discussion about bowl lineups took up a bulk of the agenda on the second day of the regular scheduled meeting. The ADs also discussed football scheduling with Commissioner Bob Bowlsby and other league officials.

Most of their first day was spent discussing the makeup of the 10-team league and "what-if" scenarios about staying at that number or eventually expanding.

"We feel very good about our current lot in life. We like our revenue distribution, we like our competition, we like our composition. We feel very good about where we are," Bowlsby said after the meetings wrapped up Tuesday. "Beyond that, we'd be unwise to be oblivious to all that is going on around us. We need to be constantly vigilant. I think in coming out of these meetings we're prepared very well for that vigilance."

According to Forbes, the Big 12 will generate about $26.2 million per team this school year through network television deals, bowl games and NCAA tournaments. That's the highest per-team average of any conference.

The Big 12 had nine of its 10 teams to bowl games this past season. No other league had ever sent 90 percent of its teams to a bowl in the same season.

Bowlsby said Tuesday started with a quick recap of what was discussed the first day to make sure there was nothing else the ADs wanted to talk about after thinking about it overnight. There was none.

"There was nothing more on conference composition today at all," Bowlsby said.

So they moved on to the primary agenda items of bowls and schedules.

While the first semifinal games in the new playoff system at the end of the 2014 season will be played in the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl, the site of the first championship game hasn't been selected. Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, where the Cotton Bowl is played, is seemingly a front-runner for that title game and then to be in the rotation for semifinal games after that.

When all that is finally settled in the next few months, the Big 12 will be ready to work on other bowls.

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