Beginning this season, the SEC will have the largest bowl tie-in lineup in college football.
CBSSports reports that the SEC will add the Independence Bowl to its lineup, giving the conference a NCAA-record 10 bowl tie-ins. The conference’s other tie-ins include: the Sugar Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Capital One Bowl, Outback Bowl, Chick-fil-A Bowl, Gator Bowl, Liberty Bowl, BBVA Compass Bowl and Music City Bowl.
And, unofficially, the BCS championship game.
The Independence Bowl had a SEC tie-in from 1995-2009. For the two-year agreement, the SEC will play against the No. 7 selection from the ACC. The two conferences already meet in the Chick-fil-A Bowl and Music City Bowl.
Brett McMurphy writes “The Independence Bowl opening became available when the Mountain West opted to take an available opening in the Armed Forces Bowl, which previously had a tie in with BYU. The Cougars, who were contracted to the Armed Forces Bowl in 2011, have an agreement with the Poinsettia Bowl in 2012 and the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in 2013.”
The Armed Forces Bowl will now match the MWC vs. Conference USA.
Future SEC member Missouri won last year’s Independence Bowl, played in Shreveport, La., over North Carolina by a final score of 41-24.