FAYETTEVILLE The Southeastern Conference has unveiled its nine-bowl lineup for 2014 and new plan to assign teams to six of those games.
The new agreement coincides with the start of the College Football Playoff and extends for six years.
The order of importance for SEC teams will begin with the four-team playoff and is followed by the Sugar Bowl and the Orange Bowl, in selected years. The Capital One Bowl would have its pick of the remaining teams. Then, the SEC will assign teams to a six-bowl lineup that includes the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla., (vs. Big Ten), Music City Bowl in Nashville (vs. ACC/Big Ten), Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., (vs. ACC/Big Ten), Liberty Bowl in Memphis (vs. Big 12), the Texas Bowl in Houston (vs. Big 12) and Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C. (vs. ACC).
The Texas and Belk bowls are new to the SEC's bowl lineup.
The Cotton Bowl - which has had a long history with Arkansas - will longer be part of the SEC's bowl tie-ins. It will be part of the College Football Playoff instead.
We are pleased to have established a lineup of premier bowl games that will give our student-athletes a wonderful post-season experience and our fans the opportunity to travel to venues in the geographical footprint of the conference," SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said in a news release.
Assigning SEC teams to those six games is a change from previous years.
Previously, bowls were in charge of selections and made their picks based on a pecking order.
"This bowl process gives us the best opportunity to address several issues that impact SEC fans, including the creation of intriguing matchups, the accommodation of travel for fans, reduced ticket obligations for our schools and a variety of assignments to help prevent repetitive postseason destinations, Slive said.
The SEC also announced it has renewed its relationship with the Birmingham Bowl and Advocare V100 Bowl in Shreveport, La., (vs. ACC).
Those bowls will make their SEC selection if there are available bowl eligible teams after assignments are handed out by the conference.
Robbie Neiswanger Arkansas News Bureau