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SEC and Big 12 Conferences Agree to Bowl Game of Football Champs

May 19, 2012

The football champions of the Southeastern Conference and the Big 12 Conference will meet in a postseason bowl game for at least five years beginning with the 2014 season, the conferences announced yesterday.

The conference champions will meet unless one or both are selected to play in the new four-team playoffs used to determine the national champion. Another conference team would replace one chosen for those playoffs.

“The creation of this game featuring the champions of the Big 12 and SEC will have tremendous resonance in college football,” said acting Big 12 Conference Commissioner Chuck Neinas.

During the 14-year history of the Bowl Championship Series, the Big 12 and SEC lead the nation with 11 seasons in which each conference has had at least one team ranked in the top four of the final BCS standings.

“A new January bowl tradition is born,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said in a statement released by the conferences.

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