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NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Allstate Sugar Bowl has been awarded the host site of the post-season football bowl game following the 2014 regular season, featuring the champions of the Big 12 Conference and the Southeastern Conference, conference and bowl officials announced Tuesday.
The awarding of the site to the Allstate Sugar Bowl is a culmination of a process that began shortly after the May 18, 2012 announcement of the game.
The game will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, with the first matchup of the Big 12 and SEC teams on Jan. 1, 2015.
The agreement is for 12 years. In the event that the bowl is selected as a semifinal game in the new BCS structure, the game would not host the Big 12 - SEC matchup in that year.
The champions of the two conferences will be in the matchup unless one or both are selected to play in the new four-team model to determine the national championship. Should that occur, another deserving team from the conference(s) will be selected for the game.
"New Orleans and the Sugar Bowl are synonymous with post-season college football. For many years, fans have enjoyed the color and pageantry that New Orleans offers," said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. The Mercedes-Benz Superdome has hosted many Super Bowls, Sugar Bowls and National Championship Games and having teams from the Big 12 and the SEC in a postseason college football game together only adds to this list. We look forward to competing against the Big 12 as a new championship tradition begins on New Year's Day."
"From the moment this game was announced, there has been tremendous excitement associated with the collaboration between these two conferences. That excitement is reflected in the bids received to host this game. There were great cities, attractive destinations, and impressive venues to consider," commented Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby. Now Big 12 fans can look forward to a New Year's tradition and coming to New Orleans to support their team. We are thrilled about our long-term association with our SEC colleagues and to be in partnership with the Allstate Sugar Bowl."
"We're pleased to have been selected to host this great game. This gives us the chance to extend the Sugar Bowl's long-standing relationship with the Southeastern Conference and to develop a new relationship with the Big 12 Conference," said Paul Hoolahan, Chief Executive Officer of the Allstate Sugar Bowl. "The result will be, without a doubt, one of college football's best bowl games on an annual basis, one that brings tremendous national prestige and millions of dollars in economic impact to our city and state over the New Year's holiday. We look forward to the tremendous promise this game, and these two great conferences, have to offer."
"This is a great day for the Sugar Bowl Committee, the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana. What this means for our city and state is hard to fully explain," said Jack Laborde, President of the Allstate Sugar Bowl. "With the privilege of hosting this game comes a national spotlight, a position at the top of the college football world and untold tourism dollars. We couldn't be happier and are grateful for the opportunity."
During the 14-year history of the Bowl Championship Series the Big 12 and SEC lead the nation with 11 seasons in which each conference has had at least one team ranked in the top four of the final BCS standings. Both conferences share the top spot all-time with 14 teams each that have finished in the top four of the final BCS Standings. The two conferences have combined for 16 appearances in the BCS National Championship Game, with the Big 12 ranking second behind the SEC's nine appearances with seven trips to the National Championship Game.
The two league champions have met twice in BCS bowl games since 1998, both in BCS National Championship Games. In 2010, Alabama defeated Texas, 37-21, in Pasadena, Calif., and in 2009, Florida defeated Oklahoma, 24-14, in Miami, Fla.
This post was edited by James Hale 20 months ago
WOW! What an F over the Big 12 got.... they will never win there! 12 years! Where was Jerry Jones? At least OU/TX/OSU have a small home advantage in Dallas. That is gone! I can not believe the Big12 went for this...
MUST BE THE MONEY!
This post was edited by KMFO4EVER 20 months ago
I'm hell when I'm well.. And, I am never sick!
DID WE EVEN GET KISSED!!!.....BOOMER!
Sounds like no kiss to me?
"Now Big 12 fans can look forward to a New Year's tradition and coming to New Orleans to support their team. We are thrilled about our long-term association with our SEC colleagues and to be in partnership with the Allstate Sugar Bowl."Now Big 12 fans can look forward to a New Year's tradition and coming to New Orleans to support their team. We are thrilled about our long-term association with our SEC colleagues and to be in partnership with the Allstate Sugar Bowl."
I wouldn't go to that sh*thole if they gave me free tickets plus $1000.
What a horrible deal. There is absolutely no reason it shouldn't at least rotate every few years either the old cotton bowl or Jerry world.
Why would you assert that the Big 12 can never win in New Orleans? That does not even make sense.
Not for me.
I went to the LSU-OU game at the Sugar Bowl.
The way we where treated we will NEVER go back to New Orleans.
The fact that most years LSU will not be involved will make it a lot easier on the visiting Big XII team. The city lives on tourism. When LSU is not involved, they do a pretty good job of "passing a good time". We lived in Lafayette for five years. New Orleans is not my favorite place but you can have a good time there.
I think a better choice would have been alternating between Dallas and New Orleans would have been best allowing the game to take place in both conferences footprint.
BOHICA!!! Bend Over Here It Comes Again! What a load.
Well can't say I'm to impressed with the new commish so far this is a terrible deal! I love wanting to play the best, but play them at a fair place.
"With Nebraska trying to leave, we felt like we needed to send them out with a loss, and we did." -Ryan Broyles-
We should have gotten at least a 2 to 1 split with the Jerry Dome. All the SEC wanted was to play in the front yard. The Jerry Dome is the nicest in the world and the Sugar bowl has seen better days. All I know is that I will never go back to New Orleans. I really don't care who we are playing.
i think it blows because the superdome is a supremely douchey place to watch a football game. terrible. the seats are miles from the field unless you are lucky enough to be in the end zone. great place!
The odds of the B12 or Sec champs being out of the top 4 seem slim. Game may never happen.
The next highest ranked team will take the place of the conference champ. Read the story again. The only time the game will not be held in New Orleans is when the Superdome is selected to host the championship game. That's it. Every other year the game will be held in New Orleans, at the Superdome, and feature a representative of each conference.
But it will really help our recruiting and hurt the SEC recruiting, won't it?
NOLA is the most overrated (and overpriced) destination in the U.S. next to a California fat farm. But, we will get a chance to visit the levees and flood control improvements we taxpayers paid for after Katrina, get gouged on hotel and food prices, and be abused by low class LSU fans. Yeah!
Oh, and did I mention how much it will help our recruiting in the SEC/South to play the 2nd place team in the SEC (because the 1st place team will be in the NC Game) and get beat?
What a deal. Hey, Matteon, have you bought your tickets and made your reservations yet?
Well, if we win out, guess where we will be this year for an Champions Bowl preview?
There is nothing more dangerous in this world than a man with nothing to lose.
Why did you quote me in that post? My post was regarding whether or not the Big 12 can win in NOLA, and your reply makes no mention of that issue in any way. Don't you think your reply should relate to the post you quoted in some way?
SMH, we couldn't do a rotation? Its basically an SEC home game. The British have a term for stuff like this. "Farsical"
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17
Well Said! I will Never go back there, several of the OU fans that we went with on the OU charter were getting robbed and harassed the whole we were there.
Yours doesn't; so why does mine have to?
That doesn't make any sense.
I hated the OU/LSU game. Hated it. Geez.
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