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January 30, 2013

Big 12 working on preferred bowl lineup

IRVING, Texas — Big 12 athletic directors worked Tuesday to determine the league’s preferred bowl lineup with the anticipation that the Cotton Bowl will become part of college football’s new playoff system.

The 21⁄2-hour discussion about bowl alignment took up a bulk of the agenda as the ADs wrapped up a two-day meeting with Commissioner Bob Bowlsby and other league officials that also involved football scheduling.

Most of the first day was spent discussing the makeup of the 10-team league and “what-if” scenarios about staying at that number or eventually expanding.

“We feel very good about our current lot in life. We like our revenue distribution, we like our competition, we like our composition. We feel very good about where we are,” Bowlsby said Tuesday. “Beyond that, we’d be unwise to be oblivious to all that is going on around us. We need to be constantly vigilant. I think in coming out of these meetings we’re prepared very well for that vigilance.”

According to Forbes, the Big 12 will generate about $26.2 million per team this school year through network television deals, bowl games and NCAA tournaments. That’s the highest per-team average of any conference.

The Big 12 had nine of its 10 teams to bowl games this past season. No other league had ever sent 90 percent of its teams to a bowl in the same season.

Bowlsby said Tuesday started with a quick recap of what was discussed the first day to make sure there was nothing else the ADs wanted to talk about after thinking about it overnight. There was none.

So they moved on to the primary agenda items of bowls and schedules.

While the first semifinal games in the new playoff system at the end of the 2014 season will be played in the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl, the site of the first championship game hasn’t been selected. Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, where the Cotton Bowl is played, seemingly a front-runner for that title game and then to be in the rotation for semifinal games after that.

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