Interesting Deal Between Big 12 and SEC for Future Bowl Games
The Big 12 and Southeastern Conference are widely considered to be two of the best college football conferences in the country, and it seems that year in and year out the betting favorites to take down the National Championship seem to be teams out of these two conferences. The two obviously realize this, and they have come together to set up a new deal that will make it so that the regular season champions of the two conferences will play eachother in a New Year's Day bowl game for five years straight starting in the year 2014. This is one of the first moves towards the new four team playoff system that is anticipated in the upcoming seasons.
The idea here is that it is going to create a "exciting postseason atmosphere", as SEC Commissioner Mike Slive put it in a statement. He also went on to say that it will complement the new four-team playoff that is being created, and it will also allow everyone to still participate in something that we are all a fan of, the experience of the big time bowl games between top notch college football programs.
One of the biggest questions that comes along with this new deal is what will happen if one or two of the league champions ends up being selected to play in the four team playoff. To answer that question, they have decided that if one or two of the teams ends up making the playoff that another team would be selected to play in the new SEC-Big 12 bowl.
This new bowl will work similar to the deal that the Pac 12 and Big Ten have for the Rose Bowl. As far as where the details such as where the game will be played over the next few years, they have yet to announce this, but the general idea is one that has been welcomed by the college football world, mainly because it will put two of the best teams in the country up against eachother in a massive bowl game. Obviously when you look at the numbers, they really don't lie. The SEC has taken down the past six National Titles, and the last one featured LSU against Alabama, both of which are in the SEC. These two conferences had had a team fall into the top four in the country in 11 of the last 14 seasons.
Since 1998, we have seen the Big 12 and SEC meet twice in BCS Bowl Games, and both were in the National Championship. The most recent was in 2010 when Alabama beat Texas, and the year before that we saw Florida take down Oklahoma.
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