The Big 12 and the Southeastern conferences have announced a deal that will pit their football regular-season champions against each other in a New Years Day bowl game for five years beginning in 2014.
The Big 12 and SEC are now bowl partners like the Pac-12 and B1G, as the two conferences announced Friday morning in a release that they’ve reached a five-year agreement for their football champions to meet in a postseason game following the 2014 regular season.
Mike Slive and the Southeastern Conference continue to put the squeeze on college football, and this time the SEC has an ally in the Big 12. In some respects it is more show than substance, because the new deal is dependent on the champions of both leagues being left out of the expected four-team model college football playoff.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – The Senior Bowl officially announced the names of the Alabama players Saturday that have accepted invitations to the annual NFL showcase game in Mobile. The Crimson Tide contingent includes linebacker Courtney Upshaw, center William Vlachos, wide receiver Marquis Maze, cornerback DeQuan Menzie, safety Mark Barron and nose guard Josh Chapman. [Read More]
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – For the second time in four years, the SEC won't place a team in Birmingham's bowl game. That means Conference USA could replace the SEC on Jan. 7 to play a lower-selected Big East team than usual in the BBVA Compass Bowl. Or not. Such is life this time of year and given Birmingham's convoluted bowl arrangements. “Maybe you can figure this out for us,” C-USA Associate Commissioner Alfred White joked. [Read More]
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – This is how much LSU and Alabama are separated by in the first Bowl Championship Series standings: .0003 points. Just get to Nov. 5 already. Or does ESPN's BCS contract include a clause that Skip Bayless must debate Craig James each week on the standings show to demonstrate every game counts? Except, of course, it doesn't. There's a plus-one in the top four of the first BCS standings – LSU and Alabama at 1-2 from the SEC and Oklahoma and Oklahoma State at 3-4 in the Big 12 – with teams who control their destiny. [Read More]