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Report: Independence Bowl gives SEC 10 tie-ins

James Franklin, Zach Brown AP

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.

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7 Responses to “Report: Independence Bowl gives SEC 10 tie-ins”
  1. kozbee says: Jun 4, 2012 7:36 PM

    Next we`re gonna take the RoseBowl.

    SEC Rules

  2. bertenheim says: Jun 4, 2012 7:49 PM

    Kozbee, your homerism is depressing.

  3. TheWalrus says: Jun 4, 2012 7:54 PM

    Glad to see the SEC back in Shreveport. Shreveport Rocks!! 5 local casinos, riverfront, boardwalk, Cajun Food!! It don’t get any better than that, but add the nightlife at some of the live band bars…… (what? they’re building another casino?) Shreveport Rocks!!

  4. weswelkerspornstash says: Jun 4, 2012 8:04 PM

    Shreveport is a ton of fun. Wait until they get the Jimmy buffet casino opened.blast

  5. thefiesty1 says: Jun 4, 2012 9:09 PM

    Oh boy! Can’t wait to see the 7th team from the ACC get beat by the 7, 8, 9, or God forbid the 10th SEC team. Damn, A&M may make a bowl game.

  6. jimbo75025 says: Jun 5, 2012 10:39 AM

    Hard part is going to be able to get that many teams eligibible for bowls. Simply no “gimmes” in the inter-conference schedule these days-even Vandy and UK are showing some life (no offense intended-just speaking from a historical perspective). Each year there are a few teams in the SEC which go 5-6 or something like that who could easily finish 8-3 in another conference.

  7. huskerzfan says: Jun 5, 2012 7:44 PM

    @ jimbo75025

    You seriously think Kentucky, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, and Miss State would ‘easily’ win 4 or more conference games in the Big 12, Big 10, and Pac 12? And if they lose an OOC game, that means they would need to win 5 conference games….., easily?

    This kind of statement is just ridiculous. Yes, the top end in the SEC is better than everybody else right now, but the middle and bottom are just like every other major conference.

    Kentucky got beat by a 7-6 Louisville team last year, but somehow Kentucky would be 8-4 in any conference?

    Miss State beat a 6-7 Wake Forest team by 6 points in a tough hard fought game, but somehow would have been 8-4 in any conference?

    Vanderbilt lost to Cincinnati and beat a 5-7 UConn by 3 points, yet would go 8-4 in any conference?

    Ole Miss got beat by 20 by an 8-5 La Tech team, but would be 8-4 in ‘any other’ conference?

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