The SEC hasn’t officially released its new future bowl lineup, but there aren’t expected to be many surprises. Starting in 2014 and once deals are finalized, the conference’s seven top non-College Football Playoff bowls will run six years.
Here’s a rundown of what to expect when the final lineup is announced, via ESPN and Brett McMurphy:
Allstate Sugar Bowl: Will feature the next highest ranked SEC team not in the College Football Playoff. SEC will face the highest-ranked Big XII team not in the playoffs.
Related: 2013 SEC bowl game projections
Discover Orange Bowl: In years the Orange Bowl does not host the national semifinals, a team from the SEC, Big Ten or Notre Dame will play in the Orange Bowl against the ACC.
Capital One Bowl: An SEC team will face a Big Ten team unless a Big Ten team is chosen for the Orange Bowl. An ACC team would serve as the fallback.
Six bowls will then be pooled together and share the next six selections:
Belk Bowl: SEC vs. ACC
Gator Bowl: SEC vs. ACC/Big Ten
Music City Bowl: SEC vs. ACC/Big Ten
Liberty Bowl: SEC vs. Big 12
Outback Bowl: SEC vs. Big Ten
Texas Bowl: SEC vs. Big 12
Count me in as wanting the SEC vs. Pac-12 bowl game. Because we’re always having the discussion about which conference is the runner-up to the SEC, I’ve recently thought the Pac-12 is the next best conference. But we won’t see these two very different regions of ‘Merica square off in a bowl game. That would have been very sexy.
Still, the coming playoff adds more fuel to the blazing hot college football landscape, and it will be fun watching the drama unfold in 2014.
Photo Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports