The Dallas Morning News reported last month that the Alamo Bowl was slated to move up the pecking order to grab the first Big 12 team not selected to College Football Playoff.
The bowl made that news official on Friday.
The Alamo Bowl will extend its partnership with the Big 12 and Pac-12 for another six years through the 2019 season, and will now match the No. 1 teams (outside the CFP group) from both the Big 12 and Pac-12. The bowl previously selected the first available Pac-12 team and second available Big 12 team.
The Alamo Bowl will replace the Cotton Bowl on the Big 12 postseason pecking order as the Cotton Bowl will now be part of CFP’s rotating semifinal sites.
Below are statements from each conference:
“The Big 12 Conference has enjoyed a 17-year association with the Alamo Bowl dating back to the conference’s first season,” said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “Our member institutions are thrilled to continue the partnership for an additional six-year period. San Antonio is a great destination with a history of hosting top sporting events. We anticipate that being matched up against a quality Pac-12 opponent will annually produce one of the best bowl games of the season.”
“The Pac-12 Conference is delighted to continue its partnership with the Valero Alamo Bowl through the 2019 season,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. “Postseason bowl games reward our student-athletes for a successful season, and we are thrilled to offer our teams and their fans such an enjoyable location as San Antonio. We look forward to what promises to be a great annual matchup with the best from the Big 12 Conference.”
This year’s Alamo Bowl will be played on Monday, Dec. 30.