By Zac Ellis
The SEC unveiled partnerships with nine bowl games beginning in 2014, the same year that the new College Football Playoff goes into effect, the conference announced on Monday. The SEC will participate in the Sugar Bowl and the Orange Bowl (in selected years) in addition to the playoff. Under the new agreements, the Capital One Bowl will have the first pick of SEC teams not participating in the playoff, Sugar Bowl or Orange Bowl.
Following the Capital One Bowl, eligible SEC teams will enter be a pool of six bowls, comprised of the Outback, Music City, Gator, Liberty, Texas and Belk bowls. Per the release, the SEC also renewed partnerships with the Birmingham Bowl (vs. TBA) and Advocare V100 Bowl in Shreveport (vs. ACC), with the Birmingham Bowl receiving first the selection of SEC teams following the pool of six. “This bowl process gives us the best opportunity to address several issues that impact SEC fans, including the creation of intriguing matchups, the accommodation of travel for fans, reduced ticket obligations for our schools and a variety of assignments to help prevent repetitive postseason destinations,” said SEC commissioner Mike Slive.