Report: Alamo Bowl close to replacing Cotton Bowl atop Big 12 list
The Alamo Bowl is primed to replace the Cotton Bowl as the first choice of Big 12 Conference schools that don’t have a chance to play for the national title, reports the Associated Press.
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said the league’s future bowl lineup wasn’t complete but sounded confident the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio would replace the Cotton Bowl as the first destination for teams not in the four-team College Football Playoff that starts in 2014.
“I feel good, in fact, very good about the bowl alignments,” Bowlsby said. “Our priorities are still in place. We want a home out West. We want to be anchored in Texas as much as we can. We want to find a home in Florida. I think those objectives are still intact, and I think we have a pretty good chance to realize them.”
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The Big 12 appears ready to trade the Holiday Bowl in San Diego for a spot in Florida, possibly the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando. Bowlsby has said the league was talking to the Gator Bowl as well.
The Liberty Bowl in Memphis jumped on to the Big 12′s radar last season when a 25,000 Iowa State fans showed up after the Cyclones were picked to fill a spot the SEC had to vacate. Bowlsby says that experience led to the idea of having more destinations with realistic drive times.