Both the SEC and Big 12 announced on Tuesday night that the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana which, in fact, is held inside of the Mercedes Benz Superdome will be the site of the annual SEC/Big 12 Bowl Game which will begin in January of 2015.
The Sugar Bowl was one of the two finalists (the other was the Cotton Bowl) to which the two leagues narrowed their selections down. However, the Sugar Bowl was chosen in large part because of the long-standing relationship which they have shared with the SEC since the inaugural game back in 1935. The game is set to take place on New Year’s Day in 2015, which will pit the winner of the SEC against the winner of the Big 12 (arguably the two best conferences within the FBS) and be called the Champions Bowl.
This will come in time along with the new plus-one playoff game system that the FBS will be instituting during that postseason. If one of or both of the conferences’ champions are involved in either of the National Semifinal games (which is more likely than not) then the conference’s will send alternative teams in place of the conference champions to represent the leagues.
ESPN will televise the Champions Bowl and has paid a reported $80 million to do so which is the same amount that the network paid to cover the Rose Bowl as well.
There continue to be tremendous advances in the world of college football and this right here is just another one to add on to that list.