New Conference Alignment FAQ
As you (hopefully) may have heard, 2014 will be our first year with a new and exciting conference alignment! However, with the SEC’s unique agreement with the conferences we know that the actual tie-ins may be a little confusing, so we’re here to help.
Below is an overview of the selections in each conference:
The Big 12 side is pretty cut and dry: after the Sugar Bowl selects the Big 12 Champion and any conference schools are chosen for the College Football Playoff games (any teams that finish ranked in the top 12 in the final rankings), the next Big 12 affiliations are as follows:
- Valero Alamo Bowl
- Russell Athletic Bowl
- AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl
After the Sugar Bowl selects the SEC Champion and any conference schools are chosen for the College Football Playoff games (including contractual obligation to the Orange Bowl in select years), the SEC’s next affiliations are as follows:
- Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl
- Pool of 6 bowl games (including the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl; see below)
The AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl joins a pool with the Belk, Gator, Liberty, Music City and Outback Bowls for SEC bowl teams. The destination of participating teams in this group of bowls will be selected by the SEC.
How are SEC team participants determined for the Pool of 6 Bowl Games?
The SEC will select bowl participants for these schools using the following considerations, among others:
- Creating competitive match ups
- Team regular season records
- Geography and fan travel consideration
- Attempts to avoid consecutive or repeat bowl appearances
The AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl is the Western-most bowl geographically of this group of SEC bowl affiliations.
What teams would have played in the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl in 2013 with the 2014 Tie-Ins?
If the bowl was picking 3rd in the Big 12 and in the SEC pool in 2013 the matchup would have likely been between the following teams:
- Big 12: Kansas State, Texas or Texas Tech
- SEC: Texas A&M or LSU
Or if you’re more of a visual person:
What a great video! But what about the much more exciting current bowl projections?
So far, the way-too-early bowl projections include the following matchups:
- CBS Sports: Texas Tech vs. Texas A&M
- Sporting News: Kansas State vs. Missouri
- National Football Post: Kansas State vs. Texas A&M
- SB Nation: Texas Tech vs. Texas A&M
Is there a cap on the number of conference teams that can go into the CFB Bowls (including semifinals)?
No, there is no cap for any conference on the amount of teams that will participate in the College Football Playoff bowls.
How/when does the Orange Bowl come into play for the SEC?
- The Orange Bowl selects the highest ranked team from a group that includes the SEC, Big 10 or Notre Dame during years it does not host a CFB Playoff semifinal.
- An SEC team contractually will play in the Orange Bowl a minimum of 3 times during the 8 non-semifinal years it hosts of the 12 year CFB Playoff cycle.
How long are these agreements?
The current AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl affiliations with the Big 12 and SEC are for 6 years through the 2019 CFB season.
PS: CLICK HERE for a great bonus writeup on the new SEC tie-ins from SBNation