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As expected, Alamo Bowl moves up the Big 12 pecking order

Chris Polk AP

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.

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11 Responses to “As expected, Alamo Bowl moves up the Big 12 pecking order”
  1. rcbn says: Jun 8, 2013 7:59 AM


  2. drummerhoff says: Jun 8, 2013 8:34 AM

    The ACC gets screwed again …

    #1 SEC v #1 Big12 in the Sugar
    #1 B1G v #1 Pac12 in the Rose.

    Now we have the first teams selected after the CFP has the ACC left out again …
    Big12 v Pac12 in the Alamo
    SEC and B1G in the Capital One.

    This is akin to the treatment the old BigEast received by always getting less than the other major conferences. It’s happening all over again but most people don’t notice until its too late.

  3. goodfieldnohit says: Jun 8, 2013 9:07 AM

    The Big 12’s premier bowl is going to usually be played on the Wednesday between Christmas and New Years.

    Nothing quite says ‘irrelevance’ like a Wednesday night bowl game.

  4. drummerhoff says: Jun 8, 2013 10:13 AM


    … Good point. Something like Dec 30 is true and the Capital One game will go head-to-head with the Orange Bowl since we know the OB’s permanent time slot will be 1pm on Jan 1.

    Another tough draw for the ACC … Always playing second fiddle to the SEC in their own backyard.

  5. 8to80texansblog says: Jun 8, 2013 11:24 AM

    Wow!! The Cotton Bowl has been around since the 30’s and has decided numerous national championships. It is filled with tradition.

    The Alamo bowl has been around since the 90’s and has never been close to deciding a national title.

    Have fun playing your “Premier” bowl on Dec 30…

  6. charles130 says: Jun 8, 2013 12:22 PM

    I’m 90% certain the ACC slept with drummeroff’s wife…. He is completely obsessed….

  7. bertenheim says: Jun 8, 2013 12:48 PM

    The top four teams are going to the playoff. The next eight are going to the non-playoff CFP bowls. What’s left is meager pickings.

  8. bertenheim says: Jun 8, 2013 1:08 PM

    If the ACC champion doesn’t qualify for the playoff, they will very likely be matched against the top non-playoff team.

  9. deadeye says: Jun 8, 2013 1:10 PM

    Maybe drummerhoff is obsessed with the ACC, but he’s right. They are falling farther and farther behind.

    By the way, CBSsports reported a couple of interesting points about the ACC recently:

    Here are two salient quotes:

    1) ESPN has not gone beyond “initial conversations” with the ACC on the channel concept, Magnus said at last week’s SEC meetings in Destin, Fla.

    2) The GOR contracts are not yet finalized, according to a source, but they are agreed to in principle and the schools aren’t going anywhere.

    This tells me that the ACC network has a less than 50% chance of coming to fruition. And it also tells me that the GOR (which is not finalized) is probably tied in some fashion to a conference network.

    The ACC is in trouble, and they don’t know what to do to catch up to the other four power conferences.

  10. drummerhoff says: Jun 8, 2013 2:39 PM

    It’s all true. Ever since the ACC poached schools away from another conference — with the exception of FSU — I’ve rooted against the ACC both on and off the field and I have not been disappointed. The ACC’s failures in placing teams in the top bowls or winning the big games has been good to me and my wallet.
    The GOR was a surprise but in the end it just serves to make the ACC college football’s redheaded step-child because it will be the fifth best conference for the foreseeable future.
    Btw: here’s an inside scoop… as of right now, the network it not happening.

  11. tuckfexas says: Jun 8, 2013 3:03 PM

    Sh!t bowl for sh!t teams. Not sure what the problem is here.

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