HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Starting in 2014, the SEC and Big 12 will meet for the Texas Bowl at Reliant Stadium. It’s a six year agreement. The SEC replaces the Big 10 – who will opt out of the bowl following this upcoming season.
“We are proud and excited to welcome the SEC to the Texas Bowl,” said Texans president Jamey Rootes.”Today represents another important milestone in our quest to make the Texas Bowl an elite college football event, which is a source of pride for the city of Houston and a cherished annual tradition for football fans across the region.”
The bowl does not yet have a title sponsor. It is expected to be played in the window between Christmas and New Year’s Day each season. It’ll feature the 4th selection from the Big 12 after the playoff bowls make their selections (an upgrade from the 6th). For the SEC selection, The Texas Bowl will be in a pool with a number of other bowls (Outback Bowl, Gator Bowl, Music City Bowl, Liberty Bowl, and the Belk Bowl) after the playoff selections and the Capital One Bowl.
“It brings together the two most geographically relevant conferences in this bowl game,” continued Rootes.”This replaces the Cotton Bowl as the number one Big 12 – SEC bowl game in the state of Texas.”
The 2013 Texas Bowl will be played Friday, December 27th. It’ll be broadcasted nationally on ESPN, with kickoff at 5. Those who attend this seasons Bowl will get first priority for the 2014 game and beyond.