By Otis Kirk
Shreveport is out while Las Vegas and Tampa are in for the SEC in its six-year agreement with 10 different bowls announced on Tuesday.
The new agreement which includes the addition of the Las Vegas Bowl and the Gasparilla Bowl in Tampa, beginning with the 2020 post-season. The 10 bowls are in addition to bowl games in the College Football Playoff system for which SEC teams are eligible to qualify. Also, the SEC participates in the Allstate Sugar Bowl in years it is not a CFP semifinal game and the Capital One Orange Bowl in selected years.
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey is pleased with the new lineup of bowl games.
“We are pleased to have an SEC bowl lineup that provides exciting destinations for our student-athletes and traveling fans,” said Sankey in a release from the SEC. “We enjoy great relationships with some of the best bowl games in college football and this lineup will continue to provide a wide array of rewarding bowl game experiences for our student-athletes and fans in celebration of a successful season.”
The SEC has extended agreements during the six-year period for the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, the Outback Bowl in Tampa, the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville, the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl in Houston, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis and the Birmingham Bowl.
In addition, the SEC will continue to send teams to the Belk Bowl in Charlotte but just during alternating seasons. The SEC will send a team to Charlotte in 2021, 2023 and 2025. In 2020, 2022 and 2024 the SEC will send a team to the Las Vegas Bowl to face a Pac-12 school. The new bowl partnership with the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl in Tampa is through 2025.
The SEC will maintain its current bowl selection process in which the Citrus Bowl has the first selection of available SEC teams after any conference schools have qualified for the College Football Playoff, the Allstate Sugar Bowl or the Capital One Orange Bowl, after which the SEC assigns teams to a Pool of Six bowls.
The SEC Pool of Six consists of the Outback Bowl, Gator Bowl, Music City Bowl, Texas Bowl and Liberty Bowl, as well as the Las Vegas Bowl in 2020, 2022 and 2024, and the Belk Bowl in 2021, 2023 and 2025. In consultation with SEC member institutions, as well as these six bowls, the conference will make assignments for the bowl games in the pool system.
After the Pool of Six selection process is finished then the Birmingham Bowl and Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl will get to choose from the remaining eligible SEC schools.
SEC BOWLS AND SELECTION PROCESS (2020-2025)
Citrus Bowl (Orlando, FL) – first selection after CFP selection process
SEC POOL OF SIX BOWLS:
After the Citrus Bowl selects a team, the Conference, in consultation with the institutions and the bowls, will make assignments for bowl games in the SEC Pool of Six from all eligible SEC teams.
Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl (Houston, TX)
AutoZone Liberty Bowl (Memphis, TN)
Belk Bowl (Charlotte, NC) (2021, 2023, 2025)
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (Nashville, TN)
Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Pac-12 (2020, 2022, 2024)
TaxSlayer Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, FL)
Outback Bowl (Tampa, FL)
BOWLS SELECTIONS FOLLOWING THE POOL OF SIX:
The Birmingham Bowl and Gasparilla Bowl will collaborate on the selection of teams for these games.
Birmingham Bowl (Birmingham, AL)
Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl (Tampa, FL)