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January 30, 2013

Big 12 working on preferred bowl lineup

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IRVING, Texas —

When all that is finally settled in the next few months, the Big 12 will be ready to work on other bowls.

“Once we know the host bowls, we’re going to be anxious after that to put some deals together and we’ve got to go to that bowl which we think we want to have first after the so-called system, and try and get a deal with them, and then go to the second one after the system,” Bowlsby said. “This was just a way to sort of identify our priorities.”

Under current arrangements through the 2013 season, the Cotton Bowl gets the top pick of Big 12 teams not in the BCS.

Bowlsby said it would be a “fair projection” that the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, which now has the next pick after the Cotton Bowl, or the Meineke Bowl in Houston could move up in the picking order it the Cotton Bowl is in the playoff rotation.

“They’ve both expressed a desire to move up and-or maintain a high level of association and Texas is always going to be our core,” Bowlsby said. “It meets the priorities from a destination and travel standpoint, so yeah, they’re certainly in the mix to replace it.”

Another priority for the Big 12 is getting a tie-in with one of the Florida bowls. Bowlsby said the league has had conversations with Gator Bowl officials and two other bowls in Florida.

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