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SEC And Big 12 Reach Agreement On Major Bowl Partnership

Well, the SEC and Big 12 just can't seem to stay away from each other.

Apr 14, 2012; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide cheerleaders prior to the spring game at Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 14, 2012; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide cheerleaders prior to the spring game at Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-US PRESSWIRE

In all sorts of irony here, the SEC and Big 12 have come together to effectively create postseason bowl game partnership that would bring about a new January bowl tradition after 2014.

The agreement pairs the conference champion from both leagues, so long as that team is not competing in the newly formed four-team playoff which determines the national champion. However, Big 12 and SEC champions will often be in these four-team playoffs, so this agreement has a provision for that:

The champions of the two conferences will be in the matchup unless one or both are selected to play in the new four-team model to determine the national championship. Should that occur, another deserving team from the conference(s) would be selected for the game.

"A new January bowl tradition is born," said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. "This new game will provide a great matchup between the two most successful conferences in the BCS era and will complement the exciting postseason atmosphere created by the new four-team model. Most importantly, it will provide our student-athletes, coaches and fans with an outstanding bowl experience."

This means The Big 12-turned SEC teams like Texas A&M and Missouri will be matched up again with their old foes and these two conferences just can't seem to stay away from each other.

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