Updated conference bowl game tie-Ins ( 2014-15 )

The bowl system is changing more this season than every before.  With the move to the College Football Playoff, several bowl games that had long time agreements will be seeing those agreements changing.  Here’s a quick rundown by conference of bowl tie-ins for the upcoming season.  (Check out the latest bowl projections from around the web)

The Big 12 returns to Memphis

The Big 12 returns to Memphis

Big 12

  • College Football Playoff / Allstate Sugar Bowl  (SEC)
  • Valero Alamo Bowl (PAC-12)
  • Russell Athletic Bowl (ACC)
  • Liberty (SEC)
  • Buffalo Wild Wings (PAC -12)
  • Texas (SEC)
  • Heart of Dallas (Conference USA) or Armed Forces Bowl (Army, Navy or Air Force)

 

The Big Ten adds two games in California

The Big Ten adds two games in California

BiG 10

  • College Football Playoff / Rose Bowl (PAC-12)
  • Capital One (SEC)
  • Outback (SEC)
  • Holiday (PAC-12)
  • Music City Bowl (SEC)  or  Gator Bowl (SEC)
  • San Francisco Bowl (PAC-12)
  • Pinstripe Bowl (ACC)
  • Detroit Bowl (ACC)
  • Heart of Dallas (Conference USA) or Armed Forces Bowl (Army, Navy or Air Force)

A few  BiG 10 notes:

Selecting by your tiers–  The BiG 10 has created tiers for the games to allow both the conference and the bowls more flexibility when making team selections.  This means that rather than there being a clear pecking order for team selections, the conference will work with the bowls and other conferences to create the most desirable bowl games.   The tiers are as follows:

  • Rose Bowl and games participating in the College Football Playoff
  • Capital One Bowl, Outback Bowl and Holiday Bowl
  • Music City / Gator Bowl, Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and Pinstripe Bowl
  • Heart of Dallas / Armed Forces Bowl, new Detroit Bowl

 Everything may not come up Roses – The BiG 10 Champion will appear in the Rose Bowl unless the team is one of the four teams selected to appear in the College Football Playoff, or it is a year when the Rose Bowl will be hosting one of the semi-final games, as it will this season.

The right amount of sunshine–   If the Orange Bowl, a part of the College Football Playoff, selects a BiG 10 team to appear opposite the ACC Champion, then the Capital One Bowl, will select a team from the ACC rather than the BiG 10.  There will be at two BiG 10 teams playing in Florida each bowl season, and in years when the Gator Bowl hosts a BiG 10  team, three will appear in the Sunshine State.   A BiG 10 team will appear in both the Music City and Gator Bowls in three of the next six seasons, and a team from the ACC will appear in each game when a BiG 10 team does not.

Notre Dame joins the ACC bowl pool

Notre Dame joins the ACC bowl pool

ACC

  • College Football Playoff / Orange Bowl  (SEC, BiG 10, or Notre Dame)
  • Russell Athletic Bowl (Big 12)
  • Gator Bowl (SEC) or Music City Bowl (SEC)
  • Belk Bowl (SEC)
  • Hyundai Sun Bowl (PAC-12)
  • Pinstripe Bowl (BiG 10)
  • Military Bowl (American Athletic Conference)
  • Duck Commander Independence (SEC)
  • Detroit Bowl (BiG 10)
  • Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl (American Athletic Conference)

A few ACC notes:

Selecting in tiers –  Like the BiG 10, the ACC has created tiers for the games to allow both the conference and the bowls more flexibility when making team selections.  This means that rather than there being a clear pecking order for team selections, the conference will work with the bowls and other conferences to create the most desirable bowl match-ups .   The ACC tiers are as follows:

  • Orange Bowl and games participating in the College Football Playoff
  • Russell Athletic Bowl, and Capital One Bowl*
  • Gator Bowl / Music City, Belk Bowl, Sun Bowl and Pinstripe Bowl
  • Duck Commander Independence and new Detroit Bowl
  • The Beef ‘O’Brady’s and Birmingham Bowls are conditional picks and the bids may depend on whether other conferences are able to fulfill their bowl agreements, and if the ACC has a remaining bowl –eligible team.

 The Irish are coming – All of the bowl games except for the Orange Bowl have the option of picking Notre Dame if the Irish are available   As long as their record is within one game of the ACC team they would replace., the Fighting Irish can appear as the ACC representative.   The Orange Bowl can select the Irish to face an ACC team two times in the next six years.

 The Sunshine State shines on the ACC  – The ACC runner-up will appear in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando every year.  And  in years when the BiG 10 is selected as the ACC team’s opponent in the Orange Bowl, the ACC will send a second team to Orlando to face the SEC in the Capital One Bowl.  It is possible that during a season when an ACC team is playing in the Gator Bowl, and the conference sends a team to the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl, that there could be five ACC teams playing in Florida.

The Gamecocks could return to Orlando

The Gamecocks could return to Orlando

SEC

  •  College Football Playoff / Sugar Bowl
  • Capital One Bowl (BiG 10 or ACC)
  • Outback Bowl (BiG 10)
  • Music City Bowl (BiG 10 or ACC)
  • Tax Slayer Gator Bowl (BiG 10 or ACC)
  • AutoZone Liberty Bowl (Big 12)
  • Texas Bowl (Big 12)
  • Belk Bowl (ACC)
  • Birmingham Bowl (ACC)
  • Duck Commander Independence Bowl (ACC)

A few SEC Notes:

After teams are selected for the College Football Playoff, the Capital One Bowl (Orlando) will make its selection.  The SEC will then work assign teams to the remaining bowl game, with the first tier including the Outback, Music City, Gator, Texas and Belk Bowls.  The conference will then assign teams to the Birmingham Bowl and Duck Commander Independence Bowls. 

The Pac-12 will fight on against the BiG 10 in as many as three games

The Pac-12 will fight on against the BiG 10 in as many as three games

PAC-12

  • College Football Playoff / Rose Bowl (BiG 10)
  • Valero Alamo Bowl (Big 12)
  • Holiday Bowl (BiG 10)
  • San Francisco Bowl (BiG 10)
  • Hyundai Sun Bowl (ACC)
  • Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl (Mountain West)
  • Buffalo Wild Wings (Big 12)

Group of 5 and Independents

American Athletic Conference  

  • Birmingham Bowl  (SEC)
  • Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg  (ACC)
  • Miami Beach Bowl  (BYU)
  • Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman  (ACC)
  • Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl  (Army or Big 12)
  • Bahamas Bowl  (MAC)

First thought:  Several great vacation destinations!

Conference USA 

  • Gildan New Mexico Bowl  (Mountain West)
  • Boca Raton Bowl  (MAC)
  • Bahamas Bowl  (MAC)
  • Sheraton Hawaii Bowl   (Mountain West)
  • Heart of Dallas Bowl  (BiG 10)
  • Duck Commander Independence Bowl **  (A C-USA team will fill if the ACC or SEC does not fill its slot)

First thought:  The Conference USA Champion selects which game it wishes to appear in, so I’m thinking the Hawaii or Bahamas Bowl!  

Mid-American Conference

  • Bahamas Bowl  (American Athletic)
  • Boca Raton Bowl  (Conference USA)
  • Raycom Media Camellia Bowl  (Sun Belt)
  • GoDaddy Bowl  (Sun Belt)
  • Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Mountain West)

First thought:  Some great vacations and a few trips into their opponents home territory.

Mountain West Conference

  • Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl (Pac-12)
  • San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl  (Navy)
  • Hawaii Bowl  (Conference USA)
  • Gildan New Mexico Bowl  (Conference USA)
  • R&L Carrier New Orleans Bowl  (Sun Belt)
  • Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (MAC)

First thought:  Great destinations and some home field advantages.

Sun Belt Conference

  • GoDaddy Bowl  (MAC)
  • R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl  (Mountain West)
  • Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (MAC)

First thought:  All games being played in the Sun Belt!

Independents

  • Army – Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
  • Naval Academy – San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
  • Brigham Young – Miami Beach Bowl vs. American Athletic
  • Notre Dame – The College Football Playoff, or as a member of the ACC for bowl selections

  (Check out the latest bowl projections from around the web)

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