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May 5, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Refresher on Pac-12 bowl lineup

In the wake of the announcement of the Pac-12’s TV deal yesterday, a few commenters wrote that “now if they can only do something about their bowl lineup.”

So it’s worth reminding that the conference did do something about the bowl lineup last year when it added the Alamo Bowl and essentially just moved the rest down a spot.

Maybe it wasn’t what everyone wanted, but the bowl agreements the Pac-10 signed last year last through 2013, so you’re not going to see any change for a few years (other than the addition of the New Mexico Bowl, another deal announced last year that won’t take affect until 2012).

Here’s the Pac-12’s bowl lineup for this season:

Champion — BCS title game (this year in New Orleans) on Jan. 9, or Rose in Pasadena on Jan. 2.
No. 2 — Alamo Bowl vs. Big 12 No. 3, San Antonio, Dec. 29.
No. 3 — Holiday Bowl vs. Big 12 No. 5, San Diego, Dec. 28.
No. 4 — Sun Bowl vs. ACC No. 4, El Paso, Dec. 31.
No. 5 — Las Vegas vs. MWC No. 1, Las Vegas, Dec. 22
No. 6 — Kraft Fight Hunger vs. Army (if bowl eligible), San Francisco, date still to be determined.

That’s it until next year, when the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque will also join the lineup and have the No. 7 pick.

It’s also always worth remembering that the bowls do not have to strictly follow the standings other than for the BCS/Rose entry — they get their choice (essentially) of all remaining teams that are bowl eligible at the time they pick, regardless of head-to-head outcome of tied teams or anything like that.

Also worth remembering is the deal worked out for rotating opponents for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl — Army in 2011, Navy in 2012 and BYU in 2013, assuming those teams get bowl eligible (fixed from first entry to update adding of BYU).

With 12 teams, six bowl slots may seem like not enough (which is why they added the New Mexico to ensure a seventh beginning in 2012). On the other hand, the Pac-10 had just four bowl teams last year and would have had just five even with the two teams it has added (with the obvious caveat that USC was on probation and ineligible, which it may be again this year pending the ruling on its appeal).

For now, I’d suggest you clip-and-save the above lineup as that what it is through the 2013 season, barring unforseen changes.

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