SEC announces bowl lineup for 2014 season; commissioner to make assignments
SEC commissioner Mike Slive will make bowl assignments beginning in 2014, the conference announced Monday along with its release of the 2014 bowl lineup.
Slive will consult the member institutions and the bowls in making his decision.
The SEC has also reached an agreement with the Capital One Bowl, formerly a Big Ten-ACC clash. The Orlando-based bowl will be the first destination for the remaining conference teams after announcements of the College Football Playoff (which takes effect after this season), the Allstate Sugar Bowl or the Discover Orange Bowl, depending on which site is host to the playoff semifinals.
A non-SEC team hasn't won the BCS Championship since the 2005 season (Texas Longhorns).
From the press release:
Following the Capital One Bowl, there will be a pool of six bowls comprised of renewals with the Outback Bowl in Tampa (vs. Big Ten), Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville (vs. ACC/Big Ten), TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl in Jacksonville (vs. ACC/Big Ten) and AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis (vs. Big 12), as well as new agreements with the Texas Bowl in Houston (vs. Big 12) and Belk Bowl in Charlotte (vs. ACC).
The SEC has also renewed its relationship with both the Birmingham Bowl (vs. TBA) and the Advocare V100 Bowl in Shreveport (vs. ACC). The Birmingham Bowl will have the first selection of available teams following the pool of six bowls. The Advocare V100 Bowl will have the next selection of available teams following the Birmingham Bowl.
The SEC and Big 12 have previously announced a New Year's Day Bowl, to take place in New Orleans. The conferences anticipate it to be the equivalent of the Rose Bowl, which generally pits the Big Ten against the Pac-12, with a few exceptions. Notable absences from the list are the Cotton and Chick-fil-A bowls, which in 2014 will become part of the playoff's semifinal rotation.