CHICAGO – A new bowl lineup will send Big Ten football teams to less familiar destinations, through a more complicated selection process.
Jim Delany, the Big Ten commissioner, said Wednesday the league’s complete roster of postseason games will be released within the next couple weeks.
A new Big Ten bowl lineup will be announced soon. The Rose remains the league’s top affiliated bowl, and the Orange will pit a Big Ten team against the ACC champion at least three times over a 12-year run.
Among those also expected to be in the fold: Pinstripe (held in New York), Holiday (San Diego, Calif.) and Music City (Nashville, Tenn.), as well as the Outback (Tampa, Fla.) and Capital One (Orlando, Fla.).
“It’s taking shape,” Delany said. “You’ll see the slate is a truly national slate. I think you’ll see that it plays to warm weather, for the most part. I think you’ll see that it plays to where our alumni live and where a lot of recruitment occurs.”
How teams end up in certain bowls is also changing.
Instead of a traditional selection process, there has been a move to have a “pool” of teams divided among multiple bowls, with conferences having more input.
“In our case, we’ll probably be somewhere in between a selection and a conference placement,” Delany said. “What we’ll do is give a lot of conditions to each bowl, and they will have to get conference approval.”
The purpose is to keep teams from repeatedly ending up in the same bowl year after year.
“We had a stretch of five years where we were in Orlando,” Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said. “If you look at your attendance, it goes down each time you return. That’s one factor where maybe that team should be placed somewhere else.”
“As there is a lot of competition for discretionary spending, I don’t think you can think fans are going to be interested in going to the same region over and over and over again,” he said. “I think we’re going to be able to put together a really powerful group of bowls coast to coast.”
The new Big Ten bowl tie-ins will take effect in the 2014 season and run six years.
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