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May 30, 2013

Alamo on rise in Big 12 bowls


Associated Press

— IRVING, Texas  —  Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Wednesday 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.

“We’re not finished with that yet, but it looks like it’s going to work that way,” Bowlsby said at league meetings in the Dallas area. “We’re not quite there, but we’re not far.”

Bowlsby said the league had agreed in principle with most slots after current agreements expire following the 2013 season, and indicated one of those would be a new alliance with a Florida bowl.

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.

Without the Holiday Bowl, the Big 12 would still have a presence near the West Coast with the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in Tempe, Ariz.

The Big 12 also voted Wednesday to become the first conference with an eight-person officiating crew, expanding by one. The extra official would be opposite the referee on the offensive side of the ball.