The Big 12 Conference announced its future seven-game bowl lineup on Friday. The agreements will begin next season to to coincide with the start of the new College Football Playoff.
“Our new bowl lineup meets all the benchmarks our member institutions desired,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said. “We have maintained a strong post-season presence in Texas, added a Florida destination, continued our exposure in the West, and added a drivable destination.”
The All-State Sugar Bowl will host the Big 12 champion against the winner of the SEC in a 12-year partnership, unless one or both teams are selected for the College Football Playoff. If that were to occur another deserving team from the conference(s) would be selected. The game will be played at the Superdome in New Orleans, with the first matchup scheduled for Jan. 1, 2015.
Renewal agreements are in place with the Valero Alamo, Texas, Buffalo Wild Wings and Heart of Dallas bowls while new partnerships have been added with the Russell Athletic, AutoZone Liberty and Bell Helicopter Armed Forces bowls.
The Big 12 will send a team to each bowl annually from 2014-19, except for the Heart of Dallas and Bell Helicopter Armed Forces bowls in which a Conference representative will play in the bowls on a rotating basis.
Bowl partner selections of Big 12 teams will be made in the order listed below.
Future Big 12 Bowl Lineup (beginning in 2014)
College Football Playoff/All-State Sugar (vs. SEC opponent)
Valero Alamo (vs. Pac-12 opponent)
Russell Athletic (vs. ACC opponent)
Texas (vs. SEC opponent)
Liberty (vs. SEC opponent)
Buffalo Wild Wings (vs. Pac-12 opponent)
Heart of Dallas (vs. Conference-USA opponent)/Bell Helicopter Armed Forces (vs. AAC opponent)