Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Changes to Big 12's bowl lineup
By Brent Sobleski
Conferences continue to jockey for position with different bowls after the change to a playoff system. The Big 12, for example, lost it's biggest non-BCS attachment when the Cotton Bowl was named to the College Football Playoff's semifinal rotation. Another bowl in the heart of Texas will likely take its place.
"Expect the Valero Alamo Bowl to inherit the AT&T Cotton Bowl’s role as an elite matchup," Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News reported. "Look for a trade of bowl resort cities, with Orlando replacing San Diego. And Memphis’ Beale Street could become a yearly destination for a Big 12 team."
The Big 12 is also expected to lose the Holiday Bowl to the Big Ten Conference.
"A relationship dating back to the 1998 with the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl will end with the 2013 game," sources told Carlton.
The Liberty Bowl could also be a major target for the Big 12. The Liberty bowl would upgrade from its current agreement with Conference USA. The Big 12 is interested, and bowl game officials are even more interested.
“The answer is an emphatic yes.” Liberty Bowl executive director Steve Ehrhart told Carlton.
The Big 12's new bowl lineup outside of the College Football playoff should include the Alamo, Buffalo Wild Wings, Russell Athletic, Liberty, Meineke Car Care and Heart of Dallas bowls.