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September 10, 2009 at 10:29 AM

Pac-10 finalizes bowl lineup

The Pac-10 bowl lineup for the seasons 2010-2013 appears to be set after the conference and the Emerald Bowl today announced a renewed agreement.
Most interesting about the Emerald Bowl announcement are the possible opponents. According to a press release, the Emerald Bowl year, will match the Pac-10’s No. 6 pick against top teams from the Western Athletic Conference, Navy and Army during the next four-year bowl cycle [2010-2013].
Apparently how it will work is that the Pac-10 team’s opponent will be the WAC’s first, second or third place team in the years 2010 and 2013, with Army coming to San Francisco in 2011 and Navy in 2012, assuming those two teams get bowl eligible.
This year’s Emerald Bowl, matching teams from the Pac-10 and ACC, is set for Saturday, December 26, 2009 at AT&T Park.
So here’s how the the Pac-10 bowl lineup will now look for the years 2010-13:
Rose — Pac-10 No. 1 vs. Big Ten/BCS opponent
Alamo — Pac-10 No. 2 vs. Big 12 No. 3
Holiday — Pac-10 No. 3 vs. Big 12 No. 5
Sun — Pac-10 No. 4 vs. ACC
Las Vegas — Pac-10 No. 5 vs. Mountain West champion
Emerald — Pac-10 No. 6 vs. WAC/service academies
However, one thing to be remember is that the bowls will apparently have their pick of teams, they don’t necessarily have to take the second-place team, though they can’t skip more than a game in the standings, meaning that if the second-place team is 7-2, they can’t take a team with a record worse than 6-3.
This is the first significant step for new Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott and by just about any account this would have to be regarded as an upgrade from the current school (which to make clear is still in effect for this season).
The Alamo gives the conference a little more presence outside the West Coast and also on New Year’s weekend and the new Sun and Emerald deals may present some more interesting opponents.
But also worth remembering is that this is now it for the bowls through the year 2013. The next big thing for Scott is negotiating new TV packages for the conference. But those don’t run out until the 2011-12 academic year so not much he can do on that now — there are actually specific clauses saying no negotiations can occur until 18 months prior to the ending of those deals.
UPDATE — A reader made a good point I should include this year’s lineup. So here it is:
Rose — No. 1 vs. Big Ten/BCS, Jan. 1
Holiday — No. 2 vs. Big 12, Dec. 30
Sun — No. 3 vs. Big 12/Big East/Notre Dame, Dec. 31
Emerald — No. 4 or No. 5 vs. ACC, Dec. 26
Las Vegas — No. 4 or No. 5 vs. Mountain West, Dec. 22
Poinsettia — No. 6 vs. Mountain West, Dec. 23

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