By hollyandersonsi
June 05, 2012

All right, SEC, now you're just showing off. But at what cost?

According to a Brett McMurphy report, the conference is adding a 10th bowl tie-in, shackling itself to Shreveport in the process: The Independence Bowl (né Poulan Weed-Eater Independence Bowl) will pit a lesser SEC squad against an ACC team in 2012 and 2013. Tangentially, conference partisans and mid-grade football aficionados have BYU to thank for setting off a small ripple of bowl realignments by inking a deal with the Poinsettia and Kraft Fight Hunger Bowls for those two seasons. (Pause for a moment, if you would, to applaud any team's willingness to ever be associated with the Fight Hunger Bowl again after last season. Right charitable of the Cougars, it is.)

This invites the obvious question: Will further realignment shuffling ever place a Big Ten team in Shreveport for Christmas on a regular tie-in basis? This could be a fine opportunity to settle all that inter-conference snow game bickering:

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