Las Vegas Bowl gets SEC, Big Ten
March 08, 2019 10:00 AM
by Ched Whitney
The Las Vegas Bowl is getting more than a new home in 2020, according to a report by the website Stadium.
The game will now feature the Pac-12 vs. either the SEC or Big Ten, with those two conferences rotating each year school, when the Las Vegas Bowl moves to the Raiders’ new stadium, sources told Stadium’s Brett McMurphy.
The third or fourth Pac-12 team after the Rose Bowl (or College Playoff) and Alamo Bowl are filled would go to Las Vegas under the new arrangement. The SEC and Big Ten will each make three appearances in the Las Vegas Bowl during the six-year deal.
The SEC and Pac-12 haven’t squared off in a non-playoff bowl game since the 1989 Freedom Bowl.
The Mountain West, which has a current deal with the Las Vegas Bowl, will be involved in a new bowl game in Los Angeles against a Pac-12 team, the sources said.
The new bowl cycle (2020-2025) was expected to be announced in May. Other changes include:
• The Belk Bowl in Charlotte will feature an ACC team against a team from either the SEC or Big Ten — depending on which conference is sending a team to Las Vegas.
• The new Pac-12-vs.-Mountain West bowl in Los Angeles will take place at the new stadium at Hollywood Park, which is also hosting the 2023 national championship game.
• The ACC will replace the Big Ten as the Pac-12’s opponent in the Holiday Bowl.
• The Gator Bowl will feature the ACC vs. the SEC, starting in 2020.
• Nashville’s Music City Bowl will pit teams from the SEC and Big Ten.
• The Outback Bowl will retain its SEC-Big Ten matchup with one change: Starting in 2020, when a Big Ten team is selected for the Orange Bowl, an ACC team will head to Tampa instead, replacing an agreement with the Citrus Bowl.
• The Arizona Bowl will feature the Mountain West against the Mid-American Conference.
• In the Myrtle Beach Bowl, created by ESPN and kicking off in 2020, teams from Conference USA, the MAC and Sun Belt will make four appearances during the cycle.
Among independents, BYU and Army can each qualify for its own automatic bowl tie-in, while Liberty, Massachusetts and New Mexico State must nab at-large spots. Notre Dame remains part of the ACC rotation during years it doesn’t make a New Year’s 6 bowl.
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